Duke TeachHouse

Duke TeachHouse is a living and learning community for early career teachers and 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 includes two neighboring duplexes on 9th Street near Duke University. Each TeachHouse Fellow has two roommates, their own living space and a private bathroom.

Join us for the Duke TeachHouse UnConference on April 25th 2024

Duke TeachHouse UnConference April 2024

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Connecting and Supporting Teachers and Communities

Duke TeachHouse Fellows are deeply committed to teaching excellence and to the students, families, and communities they serve. 

  • As emerging teacher-leaders, TeachHouse Fellows share a common goal and vision to create change related to the priority areas of workforce stability and health and wellbeing (students, teachers, schools, and communities). 
  • TeachHouse Fellows and alumni are employed in schools across the Triangle, reaching a diverse number of communities -- diversity in language, ethnicity, race, immigration status, and economic background. Through the TeachHouse UnConference and the virtual community of practice, TeachHouse supports teachers from across NC and beyond. The program's broad reach allows Fellows to take a preventative role in relation to these systemic issues by equipping K-12 students with the tools they need to succeed and providing support to families in navigating community resources.
  • The development, cultivation, and collective health of the teacher workforce are at the heart of the work of TeachHouse. Teacher shortages across our nation reflect not only an educational crisis, but social and economic crises as well.
  • Teacher resiliency and empowerment, equity-based practices, peer mentorship, and self-care are central tenets of the work of TeachHouse. Teachers benefit significantly, and in turn, their students benefit. The quality, health, and stability of the teacher workforce directly impact workforce development and career readiness of our high school graduates, thereby impacting housing and food security of the families and communities served. 


TeachHouse Fellow Honors & Recognitions

  • Dorcas Gyekye named the Jordan High School Beginning Teacher of the Year.
  • Kelly Marsh named the Club Boulevard Elementary School Beginning Teacher of the Year
  • Abby Wood named the Riverside High School Beginning Teacher of the Year
  • Myriama Smith-Traore will present at the 2024 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
  • Duke TeachHouse featured as the Duke Board of Trustees' Mission Moment (December 2023)
  • TeachHouse receives grant award from The William R. Kenan Charitable Trust (2023-2026)
2022 - 2023
  • Alejandra Gómez appointed to the Durham Public Schools Community Wellness and Safety Task Force
  • Dorcas Gyekye received an educator grant award from we are (Working to Extend Antiracist Education)
  • Kelly Marsh named the Club Boulevard Elementary School Beginning Teacher of the Year
2021 - 2022
  • Michele Saunders named the Durham Public Schools Equity Champion (March 2022)
  • Brianna Rochelle named the Club Boulevard Elementary School Beginning Teacher of the Year
  • Alejandra Gómez named Brogden Middle School Beginning Teacher of the Year
  • Duke TeachHouse recognized by the NC Department of Public Instruction as a NC Promising Practice in Education 
2020 - 2021
  • Brianna Tuscani named Jordan High School Beginning Teacher of the Year
  • Dorcas Gyekye named state finalist for NC Student Teacher of the Year
  • Dorcas Gyekye selected to participate in the Case Method Institute training with Harvard Professor David Moss
  • Alejandra Gómez received the William J. Griffith University Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Durham and Local Community from Duke University NC Campus Compact
  • Alejandra Gómez received the Community Impact Student Award from Duke University
  • Madeleine Sparrow received Duke's Cornerstone Award for demonstrating commitment to improving the lives of students, faculty, and staff at Duke and in the Durham community
2019 - 2020
  • Michele Saunders received the Virginia S. Wilson Excellence in Teaching Award from Duke University’s MAT Program
  • Alejandra Gómez received the Middle School Teacher of the Summer Award from Student U (Durham nonprofit)
  • Carter Zenke collaborated with Durham educators and the NC Department of Public Instruction to develop North Carolina’s elementary computer science curriculum
  • Mary Margaret Mills received National Board Certification