Mrs. Peek (right) participates in the TOMS Barefoot Walk with history teacher Kelly McDurmon and student organizer Gavin Lawrence ('12).
Through the Eyes of a Tiger: An Interview With Mrs. Peek
By Abraham Johnson
12/10/2012 1:10:00 PM, 326 views
I recently sat down with Mrs. Dana Peek, one of our Upper School Algebra teachers, to talk about her time at Darlington and her insights into what it really means to be a Darlington Tiger. She has been teaching here for almost three years and has two children attending Darlington, sophomore Ella and seventh-grader Harris.
Q: Why did you choose to become a teacher?
A: Teaching was actually my second career choice. I started out as a tutor for Darlington and enjoyed it so much that I decided that I wanted to be a teacher here. I don't think I would have liked teaching anywhere else than Darlington.
Q: What makes Darlington different from other schools?
A: I really do think the expectations are different here, from both parents and teachers. We expect you to perform at your best.
Q: What's the best and worst thing about teaching here?
A: The best thing about teaching here is the kinds of students you get to teach; they really are bright and kind and have great character. I definitely think that they care more about their studies here than other schools. I really can't think of bad things about working here -- I really do love it!
Q: Why is it important for people to have a good foundation in math?
A: Oh my gosh, math is a building process! It works like layers and if you have a lack of basic skills then in the future you just get frustrated and your education is limited.
Q: If you had to give your students one piece of advice, what would that be?
A: I guess I would tell them to learn how to take personal responsibility.
Q: Why is that?
A: Because no one can make the grade for you; you have to learn to be responsible for yourself. If you learn how to take that responsibility it will save you later in life, it will be so much easier.
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