Class Notes

Jul. 28, 2014 @ 10:25 AM

DPS to hold tech job fair
DURHAM -- Durham Public Schools will hold a career fair Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. to provide insights into becoming a lateral entry technology engineering and design teacher.
The job fair will be held at the district’s staff development center on Hillandale Road.
The school district has immediate opening for those jobs and candidates with bachelor’s degrees in engineering, construction, industrial engineering, science, industrial design are encouraged to apply.
The district also is recruiting for teachers in business, finance and information technology.
Candidates with bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, information technology or management information systems and work experience of two out of the past five years working in a related occupation are encouraged to apply.
To pre-register for the job fair, go to

Teacher wins national honor 
DURHAM -- Lori Kahn, a science teacher at Middle College High School, was one of six recipients of the Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.
Kahn presented at the National Science Teachers Association’s National Congress on Science Education on July 18 where she formally received her award.
The award recognizes excellence and innovation in the field of science education and acknowledges teachers who share influential science education professor Robert Yager’s passion for teaching and professional development.

Hope Valley wins iPad
DURHAM -- Hope Valley Elementary School was one of two runners-up in DreamBox Learning’s “Tell Us your DreamBox Story” video contests.
Hope Valley students created an original music video telling the story of how DreamBox takes learners to places they’ve never been, how much fun they have learning about math and the confidence they now feel about math and their own abilities.
The other runner up winner was KIPP GCP Primary School in Roanoke Rapids.
In recognition of their achievement, each school will receive one iPad and iPad cover.

Phillips’ new principal
CHAPEL HILL -- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has hired a new principal for Phillips Middle School.
Rydell Harrison joins the district from Guilford County Schools, where he is currently the principal at Hairston Middle School in Greensboro.
Harrison started out as a music teacher in New Jersey and has 17 years in education.
He has also served as a middle school assistant principal and an elementary school principal in Guilford County.
Harrison holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in education from Rutgers State University, a master’s of arts degree in Theology from Duke University and a master’s of arts degree in School Administration from UNC Greensboro.

STAR Educator 
DURHAM -- Dacia Jones, a curriculum instructional facilitator for Durham Public Schools, joined 149 educators from across the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, for a weeklong professional development experience hosted by Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network (DEN).
The six-day DEN Summer Institute, held July 13-18, featured a number of seminars and hands-on workshops designed to support educators as they use the latest technologies to create authentic digital learning environments that engage students and improve achievement.
The DEN Summer Institute is exclusive to educators recognized by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, as STAR Discovery Educators.
STAR Discovery Educators are active members of the DEN community and proven leaders in transforming teaching and learning.

Durham students make honor roll     

DURHAM -- Four Durham students were among those named to the honor roll at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh for the 2013-14 school year.
The students are:

  • Ninth-grade: Abby Thomson, the daughter of Michale and Robin Thompson.
  • Tenth-grade: Dana Hansford, daughter of Julie Hansford.
  • Eleventh-grade: Sophia Buchrer, daughter of Ben Buchrer and Tracey Moore, and Sydney Brown, daughter of Rich and Mary Lee Brown. 

Back-to-school giveaway
OFM, a leading office and school furniture manufacturer, distributor and wholesaler, has kicked-off a brand new back-to-school giveaway aimed at teachers and other educational staffers. The winner will receive 20 Rico Student Stack Chairs to start the 2014-2015 academic year off with a new classroom.
Contestants can enter to win the “Sit Down and Learn Giveaway” simply by liking OFM's Facebook page -- -- and sending an email to with “learn” in the subject line along with a one-word description of the chairs their students currently use, for instance dirty, old, broken, worn, uncomfortable, etc.
The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. EST Aug. 15. The winner will be selected through a random drawing on Aug. 18 and notified by email on that day. 
The Rico Student Stack Chairs cost $116-$153 each giving the total value of the giveaway prize at more than $2,300.
The winner can choose from six different colors and 12, 14 or 16 inch chair heights to ensure the Rico chairs fit in their classroom or other educational setting.

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