Darlington is pleased to welcome the following new faculty and staff members for the 2021-2022 school year:
Rebecca Enderle will teach Spanish in grades pre-K to 5 after serving as a long-term substitute teacher in 2020-21. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Berry College. She has nearly a decade of experience in education, teaching in both preschool and ESL programs. Most recently, she has been teaching English remotely to VIPKid students in Beijing, China. She also spent time teaching English at Alliance Academy International in Quito, Ecuador. Enderle also participated in a number of international study abroad experiences during her undergraduate and graduate programs. She and her husband Matt, who teaches math at the Upper School, are the parents of Ande ('34).
Alex Johnson will serve as choral director. She holds a B.M.E. and a M.M. in Choral Conducting from Georgia State University as well as a Georgia Educator Certificate in Music P-12. She is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education and the Georgia Music Educators Association. In her graduate assistantship, Johnson led the Master Singers, Women's Chorus and Choral Union in rehearsal and performance. She also coordinated trips and tours around the state and country.
Noah Murphy was hired as a coach for the Soccer Academy. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Saint Louis University, a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and a M.L.S. in Organization Dynamics from Southern Methodist University. He played NCAA soccer at both Saint Louis University and UCF and went on to become the women's soccer graduate assistant and director of operations at Southern Methodist. In this role, he planned and executed team travel, coordinated special projects such as health and fitness monitoring, implemented NCAA compliance rules, worked on the personal and professional development of student-athletes, and more.
Monisha Patel will teach science at the Upper School after serving as a long-term substitute teacher in 2020-21. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and an M.B.A. in Operations Management from Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business. After a career that included work for corporations such as Union Carbide and DuPont, she has spent her most recent years working as a project manager for Redmond Regional Medical Center. She and her husband, Himanshu, are the parents of Karina ('24) and Annika ('23).
The following current faculty and staff members will move into new roles:
Stefan Eady has been named assistant head of school for academic affairs. He has held a variety of different roles in communications, web development and information technology since he began working at Darlington in 1997. In 2016, he was named assistant head of school for academic resources, overseeing information technology, library services, and the Teaching and Learning Center. He also continues to teach AP Computer Science and holds a B.A. from Berry College and an M.S.I.S. from Kennesaw State University. He and his wife Carrie, human resources manager, are the parents of Jack ('19) and Callie. ('28)
Ashley Evans will teach Spanish in grades 6-8. A Spanish teacher at Darlington since 2008, she holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish and an M.Ed. in Foreign Language Education with Certification in ESL from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Brant, who serves as dean of student life and history teacher at the Upper School, are the parents of Samuel (’34) and Isabella.
Derek Fine has been named director of information technology. He has worked in the I.T. Office since 2015, first as technology support specialist, then as technology support coordinator, and most recently as network administrator. He holds a B.A. in Business and Marketing from Clayton State University and an M.S. in Information Technology from Kennesaw State University. He also holds multiple certifications related to data security. He and his wife Julie, a fifth-grade teacher at Darlington, have three children, Adelyn ('30), Harrison ('34) and Lily ('34).
Molly Jordan will serve as a learning specialist. A second-grade teacher at Darlington since 2016, she holds a B.A. in Communication from Auburn University, an M.Ed. from Jacksonville State University, and an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. At Darlington, Jordan has been a leader in flexible classroom design and an early adopter of Orton-Gillingham teaching and learning strategies. Prior to Darlington, she taught in the Polk School District for 13 years. She and her husband, Jason, are the parents of Neelley ('29), Caroline ('25), and Stuart ('32).