Faculty and Staff

Meet the Faculty and Staff

Dr. Daniel J. Vannelle

Head of School

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7782

E-mail: dvannelle@durhamnativity.org

Dr. Vannelle grew up in Shadyside, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from The Ohio State University in 1976.  Dr. Vannelle also earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from The Ohio State University in 1981. He returned to his hometown, Shadyside, Ohio to practice dentistry from 1981-2001. From 2001-2004, Dr. Vannelle taught Science and Math at Eagles Nest Ranch and Academy, an alternative school for at-risk youth in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Moving to North Carolina, Dr. Vannelle taught in Hillsborough at Abundant Life Christian Academy.  Dr. Vannelle joined Durham Nativity School for the 2005-2006 academic year to teach Science and Math. Prior to his promotion to DNS Principal, Dr. Vannelle taught three grade levels of Science and served as the School Dean of Admissions. He lives in Efland, North Carolina with his wife, Beth.


Arthur Jimerson

Dean of Student Affairs

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7783

E-mail: ajimerson@durhamnativity.org

Arthur Jimerson is originally from Norfolk, Virginia, where he attended and played football at Norfolk State University. Following his college career, he went on to play defensive end for the Los Angeles Raiders. After a knee injury, he returned to Norfolk State to complete his studies and graduate with honors. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics and Urban Education respectively.

Mr. Jimerson brings an extensive background in teaching and counseling to his multiple roles at DNS and is very passionate about his work with previous students and will bring that same initiative to his DNS students.


Kathryn E. DuPree

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7780

E-mail: kedupree@durhamnativity.org

Mrs. DuPree was born in Dennison, Ohio, grew up in New Jersey and lived in Reading, Pennsylvania, before eventually settling in North Carolina.  She attended Taylor Business Institute in New York City, as well as Reading (PA) Area Community College. Mrs. DuPree founded the Girls Club for the Police Athletic League in Reading and served as its Office Manager and Director of Leadership Development, where she worked with over 65 girls from ages 6-18 years old.  Mrs. DuPree has been married to Willie L. DuPree for 41 years and has one daughter.  After her daughter went to college, she additionally raised several foster children.


Ricky Oliver

 Social Worker

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7784

E-mail: roliver@durhamnativity.org

Ricky Oliver was born in Denver, Colorado and lived in Richmond, California during his high school years. He attended the University of Denver receiving his bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Psychology and played varsity level basketball. In the summer before his sophomore year in college, he was led in his faith to serve young people. Following this calling, he later earned a Master’s degree in Social Work while earning his Principal License accreditation. Mr. Oliver has over twenty years in education as a secondary social studies teacher and administrator. In both his personal and professional life, Mr. Oliver continues to have a strong desire to love and serve the Lord through his relationships within our school and neighbors in the community. 

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IMG_1044QuRita Hunter

Director  Graduate Support

Phone (919) 680-3790

E-mail:QHunter@durhamnativity.org

QuRita Hunter grew up in Durham and has recently returned back to the area after being away for nearly 15 years. Mrs. Hunter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Elizabeth City State University and a Masters from Strayer University. Her years of experience in working with youth in nonprofit agencies, public schools and community colleges developed her passion for education and motivating youth to excel. She believes she can help make a difference in the lives of many young people.  Mrs. Hunter is an active member of her sorority, which promotes academic excellence in education; community service; and participation in political and legislative processes. She enjoys traveling, quilting, reading and watching basketball and football. She is married and has one son. She enjoys working closely with our youth and the community to make a positive difference.


Maura SullivanMaura A. Sullivan

Admissions Coordinator

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7793

E-mail: masullivan@durhamnativity.org

 

Maura has lived in Durham a majority of her life. She is a 1991 graduate of Belmont Abbey College with a degree in Psychology. She is also a 2009 graduate of the Duke University Paralegal Studies program.  For the past 9 years she has worked at the school in many roles. Currently, she is the Director of Middle School Admissions where she oversees the recruitment and application process for young men and their families interested in matriculating to Nativity School in 6th grade and becoming a part of an eleven-year program. Maura lives in Durham with her four children ranging in ages 13-19.

James “Mike” Glenn

Faculty – Social Studies, Health & Physical Education, Soccer Coach

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7786

E-mail: mglen@durhamnativity.org

James “Mike” Glenn originally hails from Newark, NJ and graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC in 2006. Prior to joining our faculty, Mr. Glenn served in a management capacity for various retail businesses. An experienced youth soccer, basketball, t-ball and football coach, Mr. Glenn adds his talent to our faculty/staff  teaching Math 6 and pre-algebra. Mr. Glenn is the proud father of three and enjoys leisure time with his family as well as playing and coaching sports.


Mr. Clark

Faculty – Humanities

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7791

Born in Canada while his parents attended Bible school, he grew up in Peru in South America, where they were missionaries and he learned Spanish. He graduated from the Stony Brook School, a Christian boarding school, went on to Gordon College, and eventually to UNC-C and UMB for masters degrees. He has taught in middle schools and high schools for 40 years. Early in his career he became involved in summer camping as a counselor, a program director and then a camp director as a way to serve the Lord and His people during the summer months. In 1990 he and his wife, and two children moved to Chapel Hill, while he taught there for twenty years. During that time they attended the Chapel Hill Bible Church and served in a variety of capacities. After retiring for a year, Mr. Clark found DNS an exciting opportunity to serve with a great group of people making a difference in God’s kingdom.


Stacie Campbell

Faculty – Math

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext.7789

E-mail: scampbell@durhamnativity.org

Ms. Campbell joins DNS this year as our Mathematics teacher. She is a native of St. Ann, Jamaica and is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and Virginia Commonwealth University.  Prior to joining DNS, she worked at the middle school level in Henderson, NC for three years.  She is an avid sports enthusiast who enjoys watching and participating in various athletic activities.  In addition to her passion for teaching young people, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Her teaching skills and classroom presence will serve our students well in advancing their math knowledge and skills.

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Mary Anderson

Faculty – Science

Phone (919)680-3790

E-mail: manderson@durhamnativity.org

Ms. Anderson grew up on a horse ranch in Northern California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Haverford College in 2006 and her Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Irvine in 2009. Ms. Anderson is a co-founder and vice-president of CLEAN Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing global climate change education for K-8 students. Before moving to Durham and the Durham Nativity School, Ms. Anderson taught high school Biology for 2 years in eastern North Carolina.

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Kevin Mahoney

Faculty – Languages

E-mail: kmahoney@durhamnativity.org

Kevin Mahoney has enjoyed traveling, teaching and learning languages since an extended stay in Bogota, Colombia as a high school student. That experience inspired him to get him a B.A. in Spanish at Metropolitan State College of Denver which also allowed him to study and live in Ecuador and Mexico. After completing a B.A., Mr. Mahoney studied at the Conservatory of Recording Arts is Arizona and enjoyed five years working as a sound engineer in Los Angeles, California. After teaching English in Korea for four years, Mr. Mahoney returned to complete a Master’s of Arts degree in Instruction at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Mr. Mahoney teaches Latin and Spanish.

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