Meet Dave Duane, who chairs the science department, is an Upper School advisor, and coaches cross country, JV/Middle School hockey, and track. He and Nikki are the parents of Anthony ’15, winner of a Gould Arts Award for drama at Fenn this spring, and Amelia, a sixth grader at Fay.
Q: What drew you to Fenn twenty years ago?
A: I needed a job after the Peace Corps and Fenn needed a science teacher after a late departure of a teacher.
Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching/working at Fenn?
A: The collegial working environment. Working at an institution that honors diversity and lives its mission: Fenn “walks the talk.” The opportunities for personal growth and an emphasis on professional development. Those three beautiful words: June, July, and August!
Q: Do you also direct or serve as part of a committee or school-wide effort, and if so, why is this work so important to you?
A: As chair, I love working with colleagues and students in developing a vibrant and exciting hands-on program. As a diversity assistant/facilitator, I love engaging in relevant and meaningful work with students, faculty, and staff in moving Fenn toward becoming a more just and inclusive institution.
Q: What do you hope boys come away with after being in your classes?
A: A love of learning, an appreciation of the awe and wonder of science, and a set of study and conceptual skills that contribute to future success in the sciences.
Q: What are your passions and interests outside of teaching?
A: Hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing (back country and telemark), camping, and backpacking—generally being in the wilderness. Am an amateur guitarist and I love traveling—the trekking/backpacking kind rather than the resort kind.