Duke TeachHouse


Duke TeachHouse is a living and learning community for graduates of the Duke University teacher preparation programs: Elementary, Secondary, and Master of Arts in Teaching Programs. The intensive experience focuses on equipping early career educators with the confidence, competence, knowledge and networks necessary to develop leadership, creative problem solving, and innovation skills.

Duke TeachHouse is located on 9th Street near Duke University.

Join Us for an Online Event! 

We are excited to invite you to a special online event co-sponsored by Duke TeachHouse entitled, "Equity in Education: Lessons from Protests and the Pandemic Events." TeachHouse Fellows and MAT graduates Michele Saunders and Brianna Tuscani are featured panelists/speakers in part two of the series focusing on practitioners' perspectives. We hope to see you there!

Online Event Info: 

  • DATE: Thursday, February 18, 2021 
  • TIME: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM 
  • DESCRIPTION: Teachers and school administrators have had to adapt quickly to address the inequities illuminated and magnified by this past year’s events. In this session, we ask a panel of Duke alumni, teachers, and school administrators about their efforts working tirelessly to meet the social-emotional and educational needs of students. We’ll hear their suggestions on how to carry forward the learnings from last year as we re-imagine a quality education for students from marginalized backgrounds.

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Featured Panelists

Michele Saunders

English Teacher & Journalism Teacher,
Durham School for the Arts
Durham, NC 


Michele Saunders is a native of Waterbury, CT and a 2018 graduate of Hampton University. She teaches English I and Journalism as a Durham Teaching Fellow at the Durham School of the Arts. Saunders is also a 2nd year Duke TeachHouse Fellow and actively serves as a Mentor Fellow. She is committed to teaching as her calling because of its promise to give hope for success to children who have often been labeled with the inability to succeed. Saunders is guided in her work by the words of Marian Wright Edelman, "Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it." 

Brianna Tuscani

English Teacher
C.E. Jordan High School
Durham, NC 


As a high school English teacher, Brianna Tuscani specializes in American literature from a diverse canon of authors across eras, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and world views. She earned her B.A. in English from Milligan University. Her experiences growing up in New England and moving South for her adult years have crafted a unique perspective on issues in equity and multicultural education.

Supporting Durham Public Schools

Duke TeachHouse Fellows work full time as classroom teachers in the local public schools. Peer reflection and school innovation anchor the mission and work of Duke TeachHouse. Fellows receive support from the University for an innovation initiative they launch that will positively impact their school community.

Based out of a fully renovated house in Durham, Duke TeachHouse offers an extraordinary experience for participating fellows that includes:

  • Creating a robust peer learning and support environment among Duke TeachHouse Fellows.
  • Supporting Duke TeachHouse Fellows on their path of personal growth and development and transformative impact.
  • Cultivating an environment for creative problem-solving and innovation.
  • Putting bold ideas into action in K-12 public classrooms while creating impactful lives.
  • Connecting and collaborating with educational leaders, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers within the local community and across the state, nation, and globe.