Teacher Feature: Josh Klein
Mr. Klein’s easy charm, sharp wit, and impeccable taste in clothing have, to many Upper School students, already identified him as the most recent example of DA’s great success in hiring extremely professional and qualified faculty.
After we shook hands in his office and exchanged pleasantries, we launched straight into the meat of it: Why DA? Mr. Klein explained it was a combination of reasons that made DA the place for him. Notably, an opening for a Dean of Boys coincided with one for a position teaching history and helping with diversity and community service for DA, which Mr. Klein’s wife, Mrs. Teagarden, now holds. In addtion, Mr. Klein picked Durham Academy over nearby schools as the place to be because it seemed like a “good place to grow as a professional.” Simply put, he said, “I’m so happy to be here.”
When asked about his vision for the school and any changes he has in store, Mr. Klein said “this year for me is going to be a learning year.” The new Dean of Boys has resolved not to rock the boat, at least for the time being, and added that he has great respect for the other deans and faculty and their vision. For now, “I want to advocate for the students and listen and learn about the culture,” he said.
Mr. Klein proved that beneath the easy-going smile and general amity, he is a deeply thoughtful fellow, allowing himself to be inspired by the people and stories around him. He shared a story of a uncle who is a Holocaust survivor, who told him that “in order to live an interesting life, you have to be interested in people.” To Mr. Klein, the fact that someone who had experienced one of the worst atrocities in history still had such a love for people and their stories was very moving.
At the conclusion of our interview, we shook hands again and I welcomed him to Durham Academy. I thoroughly enjoyed our brief tête-à-tête and came away with a new respect for the fascinating teachers and faculty who walk among us every day.
If you see Mr. Klein and have the opportunity to, I highly encourage you to introduce yourself and welcome our new Dean of Boys to the Upper School.