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DURHAM ACADEMY Record • Summer 2014 • Volume 41 • Number 2

The Magazine of Durham Academy


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Front Cover When Durham Academy threw a party for retiring Preschool Director Sheppy Vann, it was certain to draw a crowd!

3601 Ridge Road

Students and parents from her first kindergarten class to her last were there to hug her and say “thanks!”

Durham, NC 27705-5599

Inside Front Cover From the Head of School 2 Class of 2014 Reflects, Looks Ahead 5 The Class of 2014 at a Glance 6 Seniors Write about Their DA Journeys 8 Reminiscences of a Preschool Teacher — Doing What I Love for 30 Years 12 Sheppy Vann: An Amazing Ability to Truly Love Each Child and Family 14 Brown v. Board of Education: Through the Eyes of a DA Alumna 18 Student U’s First Graduates are Headed to College 20 There’s a Treehouse in the Library, and Lower Schoolers Helped Build It 22 Third-Graders Pledge to Keep the ‘Blue Marble Promise’ 23 Writers Workshop Offers Lower Schoolers Tools to Express Their Voices 24 No Argument: Speech and Debate Team is Growing and Winning 25 Moving from ‘Eek!’ to Eureka, Middle Schoolers Nurture Insects 26 DA Joins Global Online Academy, a Community of 53 Top Independent Schools 28 Exploring the World One Nautical Mile at a Time 31 Spring Seminar Turns a Lens on Documentary Filmmaking with Peabody Winner Cynthia Hill 32 What’s It Like to Teach at DA? 34 Hershey Award Winner Lyn Streck 35 New Leadership and Innovation at The Hill Center 36 Five Join DA Board of Trustees 37 15 Things to Know about Leslie King, DA’s New Director of Communications 38 2015 Strategic Planning Process Begins • From the Green 39 ALUMNI STORIES: • Calendar • Connect with DA via social media • Class of 1964: 50th Reunion

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Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School Leslie King,

Director of Communications

Leslie Holdsworth,

Director of Development and Alumni Affairs

Kathy McPherson,

Associate Director of Communications

Tim McKenna,

Associate Director of Alumni Affairs

Photo by Christine Nguyen

• Distinguished Alumna Kim Bullock Ionescu ’99 • Sheppy Vann Legacy Award • Chris Rosati ’89 Service Award • Babies • Class Notes • Guy Foulks ’90 • Ward Horton ’94 • Katie Ryan Amick Kantz ’98 • Michelle Sutton ’07 • Networking Events • Grant Fowler ’08 and David Fowler ’10 • Zander Moss ’13 • In Memoriam

Inside Back Cover Last Day! Hurray! Back Cover Congratulations, Class of 2014 Mission Statement “The purpose of Durham Academy is to provide each student an education that will enable him or her to Photo by K athy McPherson

The Record is published bi-annually by Durham Academy Kathy McPherson, Record editor Linda Noble, designer Theo Davis Sons Inc., printer

live a moral, happy and productive life. The development of intellect is central to such a life and, thus, intellectual endeavor and growth are the primary work of the school. The acquisition of knowledge; the development of skills, critical judgment and intellectual curiosity; and increased understanding are the goals of the school’s academic program.” DURHAM ACADEMY RECORD | SUMMER 2014 | WWW.DA.ORG


The Record (Summer 2014)  
The Record (Summer 2014)  

The Record is Durham Academy’s biannual magazine.