Teacher Feature: Kelly Teagarden
Among the many returning faces to the Durham Academy community this year was Kelly Teagarden. However, she is no longer a student; instead, she is in her first year of teaching at DA after coming from the Severn School near Annapolis, Maryland. This year, she is teaching history and Augustine tutoring, as well as being one of the diversity coordinators and working on community service initiatives.
As a 2004 alumna of DA, Mrs. Teagarden is more than delighted to be back in her alma mater as a teacher. “After working at three other schools, I am so happy to be back at DA,” she said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with interested, hard working, kind, and fun students. I am also thrilled to have knowledgeable, devoted and passionate colleagues.”
From the first moment she walked on campus as a prospective teacher, she was continually impressed with the atmosphere of the school. “The thing that most impressed me during my interview at DA was the people—students, faculty and staff. Everyone was warm, welcoming, intellectually curious, and devoted to making DA the best school possible,” she said.
The level of sophistication that every student possessed appealed to Mrs. Teagarden when she was applying to be a teacher. She loved the willingness to learn and the ability to handle harder conversations and topics with poise, but above all, she loved the kindness of the community. “The students are academically impressive, but, even more importantly, they are kind. This kindness is what has most surprised me and it is what I share first when friends ask about DA,” she explained.
As for her future at DA, “I’m looking forward to getting to know more students, faculty and staff,” she said. “I’m excited to keep learning more about DA and to jump fully into the community. I’m also excited to see the Lip Sync Battle!”