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Irfan Azam (

Upper School Math, Science and Technology

teaching since 2003, at Camelot since 2017


Degrees: B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Renewable Electric Energy Sources at North Carolina State University; M.Ed. Technology Education (in progress) at North Carolina State University

Other: Concentrated in Renewable Electric Energy Systems in college and has worked on several electronic circuits, product design and buildings projects. Most recently taught project-based math and technology courses at the Triangle Collaborative School. Also a published musician and audio engineer, photographer, graphic artist and video producer.

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Michelle Banal (

Middle Grades

teaching since 1993; at Camelot since 2004


Degrees: M.A.T. Elementary Education, Meredith College, NC, Licensed K-6 (2012). B.S. Biology (Cell Biology with minor in High School Science Education), University of the Philippines (1993). 28 graduate credits, Marine Science, University of Guam (1995-97).

Professional Development: 2013 Justice Teaching Institute participant, Pine Knoll Shores, NC (August 1-3); 2013 Building Learning Communities Conference participant, Boston, MA (July 23-26); 2007 Best Practices Institute: Differentiation and Understanding by Design participant, University of Virginia (March 22-24); 2006 Continuing Summer Institute on Academic Diversity participant, University of Virginia (July); 2006 George Washington Teacher's Institute participant, Mt. Vernon, VA (June 27-28); 2005 Summer Institute on Academic Diversity participant, University of Virginia (July); 2003 Historic Landscape Institute, "Preserving Jefferson's Gardens"; 2002 Monticello-Stratford Hall Seminar for Teachers: "Leadership and Life in Revolutionary America".

Travel: Philippines, Guam, Palau, Saipan, several National Parks throughout the contiguous United States, and British Columbia

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Michael Berro (

Middle/Upper School Instructor

teaching since 2014; at Camelot since 2016


Degrees: B.A. in History and a minor in Arabic Studies, Davidson College; Qasid Arabic Institute (Summer 2008), Middlebury College Intensive Arabic Program in Amman(2009).

Travel: Volunteer teaching & Arabic Studies in Amman, Jordan, Teaching English in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Other travel includes trips Lebanon, Turkey, Oman, and various countries across Europe.

Other: Alumnus of Camelot Academy's Class of 2010. In general, my focuses and interests lie in international studies and relations. That includes both historical and religious studies in a more academic manner as well as simply meeting new people from different places.

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Anna Buchanan (

Sr MAPP Instructor

teaching since 2011; at Camelot since 2019


Degrees: B.A. in Elementary Education, UNCW

Professional Development: RTI/MTSS Effective Instruction Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, 2019; Scaffolding and Differentiating Instruction to Support ELLs, EARCOS, Virginia Rojas, South Korea, 2016.

Travel: Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Canada, Czech Republic, London, France, Scotland, Mexico, Kuwait, Jordan, Dubai, Bahrain, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Norway, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Oman, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Austria, Holland, Myanmar, Iceland, Indonesia, Laos, South Korea, China, Australia.

Other: "I've found that people will often forget what you said, forget what you did; but people don't forget the way you make them feel." – Maya Angelou

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Amy Cummings (

Course Instructor, Alumni Relations, Community Outreach

teaching since 1997; at Camelot since 2013


Degrees: MA in Education, UNC Chapel Hill; BA in Cultural Anthropology, Duke University; Certificate in Non-Profit Management, Duke University

Professional Development: Graduate of the Klingenstein Institute for Independent School Teachers at Columbia University; attended numerous conferences through the national and NC councils for Social Studies and the Coalition of Essential Schools

Travel: All over Europe (including bicycling from Oslo to Rome); Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Canada

Other: In addition to teaching and serving as an administrator in schools, I have worked in many non-profits. I started the programs at the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham, founded a non-profit program called "i4m—innovation for motivation" that provided educational programming during out-of-schoolhours, and served as Executive Director at Crayons2Calculators.

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Jennifer Feaster (

Middle and Upper School Math

teaching since 2001; at Camelot since 2011


Degrees: B.S. Mathematics Education 6-12, Buffalo State College. NY

Professional Development: Member of NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics); 2008 National Math Panel Participant, Chapel Hill, NC. Contributed to administering a pilot study for developmental math products.

Travel: Throughout the United States and Canada

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Charlotte Frysinger (

Upper School Spanish

teaching since 2004; at Camelot since 2013


Education: B.A. Spanish Education, Minor in Linguistics, University of Delaware; PA and DE certified

Travel: Visited or studied in Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico; lived in Ecuador for five years

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Erin Grady (

English, Latin and Linguistics

teaching since 2006; at Camelot since 2011


Degrees: B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies and Education, Aquinas College; M.A. Art History, UNC Chapel Hill; Ph.D. Candidate Art History, UNC Chapel Hill

Professional Development: NC Professional Educator License; TN Professional Educator License

Travel: Italy, Spain, France, United Kingdom

Other: NC Governor's School Area II Instructor

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Nicole Heiner (

Multi-Age Progressive Primary

teaching since 2006; at Camelot since 2015


Degrees: BA in Liberal Studies, California State University of Fullerton, 2005; Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential with BCLAD, California State University of Fullerton, 2006; North Carolina Teaching License, 2006

Travel: Mexico, Costa Rica, and Jamaica

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Daniel Hill (

Upper School Mathematics & Science

teaching at Camelot since 2006


Degrees: Interdisciplinary B.A. Mathematics-Physics, Reed College, Portland, OR, 1999

Travel: England, Scotland, Italy, Japan... and Canada, if that counts.

Other: Plays a variety of fretted, keyboard, and percussion instruments; has engineered several albums for his own projects and the projects of others.

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Lori Hilliard (

Upper-School Science, Instructional Coordinator

teaching since 1989; at Camelot since 1999


Degrees: B.S., Biology/Education, East Central University, Ada, OK. M.S., Science Education/Curriculum Development, East Central University, Ada., OK.

Professional Development: 2000: SCIMAST Winter Meeting (Sustaining Long-Term Professional Development), Austin, TX; 1999: Recipient of SERVE grant ($50,000 for accountability in NC Charter schools); NC Charter Schools Fall Meeting (Presented workshop on Accountability, Testing and Evaluation); 1998: National Assoc. of Biology Teachers Meeting, Reno, NV. (Conducted training on using internet to teach Biology). 1997: Konawa Public Schools Summer Vision Retreat (Planning Coordinator); Access Excellence, San Francisco, Ca. (Facilitator/Trainer). 1995: Access Excellence National Fellowship, San Francisco, CA.

Travel: Has traveled to attend scientific workshops, conferences throughout the U.S.

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Judith Kügler (

Visual Arts, World Languages

teaching intermittently since 1990; at Camelot since 2011


Education: A-levels: Cardiff, Wales, UK. AA in Art from Kunstschule Pro. Gerard. BS in Psychology from Campbell University. Graduate school in Psychology, Campbell University. Currently working on MS in Art Therapy.

Travel: Grew up in Papua New Guinea and has lived in a variety of countries including Germany, Japan, and Nepal.

Other: Published artist and writer. Encaustic artist and photographer. Has taught art in New Guinea, the United States, and Germany. World traveler with an interest in cultural anthropology, arts & crafts, and fair trade. Member of the Durham Art Guild and the NC Autism Society. Has worked extensively with special needs children. Advocate for special needs children and their families with a special interest in spectrum disorders.

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Tom Mitchell (

Upper School English, Mandarin and Fiction Writing

teacher since 2011; at Camelot since 2013


Degrees: B.A. Sociology and Anthropology, Denison University; Certificate in Comparative Philosophy, Nishan Comparative Confucian Institute; Middlebury College Advanced Chinese Certificate.

Professional Development: College Board certified, AP Government and Politics

Travel: France, Canada, and China

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Krista Moll (

Physical Education Teacher

teacher since 2007; at Camelot since 2008


Education: B.S. in Physical Education (minor in Health Education and concentration in Psychology), Appalachian State University, 2003; M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science (concentration in Exercise and Sports Psychology), University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006; North Carolina Physical Education license

Professional Development: Member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sports Psychology; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Regularly attends conferences for said organizations.

Travel: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, South Africa, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland

Other: Wedding and adventure photographer

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Roni Peterson (

Dramatic Arts

teaching at Camelot since 2007


Education: B.A. in Speech Arts (major in Speech Therapy, minor in Psychology), Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus

Professional Development: A clay artist since 1981; her work has been featured in galleries in Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, as well as in specialty boutiques. Owned and operated a Paint-it-Yourself ceramic studio in Chapel Hill and taught clay workshops until 1998. Served as liaison for the Orange County Artist's Guild for two years and remains an active member of the guild. Has co-owned and served as the executive producer of a film and video production company since 1993. Has worked as assistant director, location scout, production manager, line producer and talent agent for television commercials, corporate image films, and theatrical motion pictures. Has taught acting classes for the Carrboro Parks and Recreation Dept.

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Magdalena Sledzik Sims (

English as a Second Language

teaching since 2002; at Camelot since 2016


Education: BA Art History & Criticism, Honors, the University of Western Ontario; MA English Philology (Linguistics, Literature, TESOL), Jagiellonian University

Professional development: TESOL International Philadelphia 2015; Wilson Language Training Washington, DC; TESOL NC Raleigh 2017

Travel: Extensive travel though 12 European countries and across Canada and the United States. Lived and worked in three countries.

Other: Interest in world languages and language acquisition, history & architecture, painting, design, hiking, cooking and gardening.

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Alison Solis Sherman (

Vocal and Dance Instructor

teaching since 2008; at Camelot since 2016


Education: B.S. in Psychology, B.A. in Dance from California State University, Fullerton

Professional development: Member of the Music Teacher’s National Association

Travel: Austria, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey.

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Thomas VanDuyne (

Environmental, Science and Outdoor Instructor

teaching since 2013; at Camelot since 2019


Education: B.A. English w/ Writing Concentration, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg PA. Certificate in Corporate Sustainability, New York University, NYC NY. Master of Natural Resources, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg VA (Expected Completion, Spring 2020)

Certifications: Leed Green Associate, USGBC. TRUE Zero Waste Advisor, USGBC

Travel: U.K., Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, China, Canada, and 2/3rds of our National Parks!

Interests: Music (Drums, Guitar, Dulcimer), Avid Reader, Backpacking and Camping, Birding

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AbdurRabb (Ab) Watkins (

Lower School Instructor

teaching since 2010; at Camelot since 2019


Education: K-12 Orangeburg, SC District 4; B.A., Elementary Education from Clemson University

International Experience: 1 mo - study abroad in Carpi, Italy; 10 mos - Fulbright in Tana Toraja, Indonesia; 4.5 years - Teacher/Admin in Jakarta, Indonesia

Professional development: South Carolina State Board of Education Educator License; International Baccalaureate Organization Primary Years Programme Category 3; Responsive Classroom Elementary Advanced Course

Pursuits: 7-day food tour of Tokyo, Japan; Golden wedding anniversary in space; Reformat public education system; 1 million views on YouTube; Persuade +9 family members to live within 50 miles of Durham, NC

Photo coming soon!

Leah Wilhelm

Athletic Director, After School and Summer Programming

Picture and Bio Coming!

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Matt Wilhelm (

Upper School Social Studies; College Coordinator; Website and Social Media Manager

teaching since 2004; at Camelot since 2007


Degrees: B.A. Philosophy, UNC-Chapel Hill; M.A. Education, University of Maryland-College Park

Professional Development: College Board certified, AP Government and Politics

Travel: Canada, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, and 39 U.S. states


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