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Kim Tunnell

Director of Fine Arts

Kim Tunnell, who has been a member of Darlington’s fine arts faculty since 2001, has over two decades of experience in the classroom. She taught music and chorus classes in the lower and middle grades before being named director of fine arts in 2009. She holds a B.M. and B.M.E. from Shorter College and an M.M.E. from the State University of West Georgia. She and her husband, Mark, are the parents of Jack (’15), Hillary (’18) and Sarah (’22).

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Exploratory: Youth Leadership in Action
College Education
B.M. Shorter College
B.M.E. Shorter College
M.M.E. State University of West Georgia

Pre-K to 8 Music Teacher

July 16, 2024
The Fine Arts Department at Darlington School seeks a full-time Music Teacher for grades Pre-K through 8th grade beginning August 2024. The candidate must demonstrate broad knowledge and experience with current best practices in music curriculum, instruction, and performance. The candidate must have a genuine appreciation and passion for teaching children and a desire to work with all types of learners, along with a commitment to building and maintaining a music/choral program and their own professional development. Teachers work with grade-level and enrichment teachers to support the mission of Darlington School and provide a program that nurtures every child’s success.

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Episode 159: A Look at Communication Arts & the Jabberwokk Yearbook

April 25, 2024
In this episode, Director of Fine Arts Kim Tunnell talks with Ethan Pender ('16), communication arts teacher, and Jabberwokk yearbook Editor-in-Chief Aiden Parsa ('24), Photo Editor Kaya Nadu ('26) and Design Editor Murray Ellington ('26). They discuss the production of this year's Jabberwokk, the communication arts program and more. 

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Episode 156: Department Head Spotlight: Kim Tunnell

April 4, 2024
In this episode, Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs Stefan Eady talks with Fine Arts Department Head Kim Tunnell about her love for the arts, what fine arts education looks like at Darlington and more. 

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Episode 142: Year in Review

December 28, 2023
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with Dean of Student Life Brant Evans, Director of Athletics Eddie Guth and Director of Fine Arts Kim Tunnell. Together, they recap the 2023 calendar year, sharing accomplishments within their departments, noteworthy moments and favorite memories from the year at Darlington. 

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Episode 103: Building Soft Skills through Band and Orchestra

March 30, 2023
In this episode, Director of Fine Arts Kim Tunnell talks with Orchestra Director Annie Camp, Band Teacher Damon Harvey, freshman Gracie Cowan and senior Jack Quandt. Together, they talk about band and orchestra, programs that start as early as third grade at Darlington, and how instrumental education provides students with the ability to build soft skills that allow them to excel in all areas of student life. 

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Episode 95: Building Soft Skills in Pre-K to 8 Performing Arts

February 2, 2023
In this episode, Director of Pre-K to 8 Hope Jones talks with Director of Fine Arts Kim Tunnell, Theatre Director Shelley Daniel, Choral Director Alex Johnson and Pre-K to 8 Music Teacher Caitlyn Terry. Together, they talk about performing arts in the Pre-K to 8 and how performance opportunites and arts education provides all students with the ability to build soft skills like confidence, connection and compassion.

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Darlington Connects: Kyle Minshew ('97) - Connecting on Campus

Upper School | Kim Tunnell, November 10, 2022
Film, TV and stage actor Kyle Minshew ('97) visited Darlington to meet with students and faculty to share his career and answer questions.

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Episode 65: A Look Into Summer Faculty Professional Development

July 7, 2022
In this episode, Professional Development Coordinator Rebekah Kinney talks with fourth-grade teacher Carrie Watterson, Director of Fine Arts Kim Tunnell and Upper School Science Department Chair Owen Kinney about their summer professional development activities. They share about each of the work they have been doing within their departments and how it has prepared them for the coming school year. 

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Podcast Episode 13: A Chat About Arts Integration

June 24, 2021
Welcome to Episode 13 of The Darlington Podcast! In this episode we take a closer look into how the arts are integrated into Darlington's curriculum and what that looks like for students of all ages. 

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First Semester Success in 4th and 5th Grade Chorus

PK-8 | Kim Tunnell, December 15, 2020
Our fourth- and fifth-graders have met the challenges and found success in a performance based class in the midst of a non-performing era.

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