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James King

Managing Director

 James King directs the du Pont Youth organization. He holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Delaware where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, a DuPont Scholar and a TA in both computer science and mathematics. 

Mr. King has been blessed with the opportunity of working with talented and ambitious students who have been accepted by and attended universities such as Dartmouth, Harvard, Howard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Stanford, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia and Yale. In a twenty-year career, he was headmaster of three independent day schools from New York City to Indiana to Oregon.  Subsequently he founded the Brownstone School for homeless middle school students in the South Bronx.

 

Over the past several years, he has provided instruction for a Title 1 performance-based mathematics program in Maryland and for home-hospital students in six Mid-Atlantic states where he pioneered the use of remote real-time schooling. 

 

Scott Chapin

Assistant Director

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Scott Chapin graduated from William and Mary in 1986, then took education courses and completed student teaching in Newport News, Virginia while preparing for a teaching career. He was the chairman of the social studies department for five years while teaching a diverse amount of courses, coaching soccer and serving as the school's piano accompanist for musical productions at Tidewater Academy. He taught online high school courses for decades, subsequent to his successful brick and mortar experience.

Darryl Durham

Musician Consultant

Darryl Durham is a musician, educator, and innovator.  Mr. Durham founded Anna’s Place NOLA in 2010 where he is Director of Arts and Community Engagement as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty which effects many of the youth he serves.  His formal studies were with Ignatius Gennusa, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Bachelor of Music Degree, and Ethan Sloane, Boston University, Master of Music Degree. 

 

It was while he was a student in Boston that Mr. Durham began utilizing the Arts as a means of educating youth about African-American history and culture.  This experience developed his interest in arts administration which led to a job as Program Director of “Project SEARCH” of The Boston Conservatory.   From the Conservatory he moved to the Harlem School of the Arts where he served as Executive Director for 7 years before coming to New Orleans.  Mr. Durham is a recipient of the Miles M. Young Award, the Music Assistance Scholarship of the New York Philharmonic, a two-time recipient of the Director’s  Award from Boston University and a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. 

 

In addition to his work as an administrator, Mr. Durham has traveled the world as a professional clarinetist performing with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Boston College Chamber Music Ensemble.   

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