Beaufort Academy announces staff changes for 2018-19

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Beaufort Academy formally announced several additions to its staff ahead of the 2018-19 school year:

Angela Mingledorff 

Pre-K3 Lead Teacher

Mrs. Mingledorff is so excited to be a part of the Beaufort Academy family! She is married and has three children, ages 9, 12 and 15. She always had a love for children and currently holds an A.A. degree with a major in early childhood. Having worked with all ages from birth to age 8, she has taken the position as nanny, kindergarten assistant teacher, and preschool teacher. Mrs. Mingledorff says, “Watching children learn new things for the first time is so rewarding. I can’t wait to get to know your little ones. In addition to having a love for children, I am also a self-taught artist. Being able to combine these two passions makes the best of both worlds. Creativity is an important part of child development and I love being able to incorporate this into daily lessons. I look forward to a great start of the school year and getting to meet everyone!”

Lisa Trumps

Lower School Art Teacher

Mrs. Trumps has lived in Beaufort for 25 years. Her husband, Matt, grew up here and attended BA, and together they have three children. She has taught art for 10 years to students from K4-8th grades. She also has a BA from the College of Charleston in Art History and an MAT in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Trumps says, ” I love teaching a subject that I am passionate about. I’m looking forward to joining the BA family and I am very excited to meet the students and watch them grow as young artists.” 

Kayla Pope

Learning Services Tutor

Ms. Pope is a recent graduate from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She was born and raised in Beaufort and is excited to call it her home again after college. Ms. Pope says, “Throughout my time at Clemson, I focused my undergraduate research on cognitive processes, specifically on learning and memory. I am so excited to work at BA and be able to put all of my knowledge to use and to be able to work with teachers and students who are as passionate about education as I am. I can’t wait to be an Eagle!”

David Nagel 

Speech & Debate, Communication, & Senior Leadership Program

Mr. Nagel will be assuming the new role of Director of Speech & Debate at Beaufort Academy. As a former competitor in the activity, David was an individual state and national champion. He has spent the last five years working with students at Mater Dei High School, a private parochial school in southern Indiana. While there, Mr. Nagel coached the 2017 Class 1A Indiana state champions and served on the Indiana State Board of Speech & Debate. David has a degree in Broadcast Communications from Vincennes University and has studied History and Secondary Education at the University of Southern Indiana. He is originally from Evansville, Indiana, where he and his wife, Megan, have lived happily with their three dachshunds. David coaches recreational soccer, loves to cook, considers himself to be a film buff, and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends. He and his wife are also avid Indianapolis Colts fans. Mr. Nagel says, “I am very excited to be bringing speech and debate to Beaufort Academy. Dr. Durbin’s vision for this school is groundbreaking. Courses in communication, and a competitive speech and debate program, lay the foundation for successful and involved young adults through critical thinking and public speaking. My job is not only to give students a voice, but to teach them how to use that voice in order to have a positive impact on the world around them. The future looks bright at Beaufort Academy! Thank you for welcoming me to your school and community.’”

Tom Miller

Models of Community & Organizational Leadership (11th & 12th)

Mr. Miller and his wife, Paula, had been part-time residents of Beaufort since 2009, becoming permanent residents in 2015.  This followed his retirement after a 37-year career at UBS Financial Services, where he was a founding member and senior partner of an investment management team that held fiduciary responsibility for investments of corporate retirement plans, foundations and endowments, and private clients. Mr. Miller received his BA in History from Sewanee, The University of the South and has been elected to its Board of Trustees.  He was awarded the Certificate of Higher Education In History With Distinction by the University of Oxford in March of this year. Mr. Miller will be teaching a course in Community Leadership for juniors and seniors, an opportunity he finds “humbling, a bit daunting, and enormously exciting.”  Mr. Miller says, “What immediately drew me to BA is the intimate nature of the school, its vision of helping young adults become vibrant, responsible citizens, and the low student/teacher relationship, which reminds me of what I experienced at Sewanee and Oxford.” Mr. Miller is also a new member of The Beaufort Academy’s Board of Directors and will chair its Finance Committee.

Diana Price

US Science; Biology, Biology H, AP Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, & Environmental Science

Mrs. Price is excited to be joining the Beaufort Academy family! She is originally from Asheville, North Carolina, but graduated from Dorman High School in Spartanburg. She went to Clemson University and received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education. Mrs. Price moved to the Beaufort area just over two years ago with her husband, Fisher. They love being on the boat, going fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. Mrs. Price has taught the past six years in Spartanburg, York, and most recently at Beaufort High School and Bridges Prep, where she was awarded Teacher of the Year for 2017-18.  While teaching, she obtained a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences, also from Clemson University, and is halfway through her educational leadership degree. Mrs. Price says, “My favorite subject to teach is Anatomy & Physiology – it is impossible not to relate to. I can’t wait to meet all of my students and the wonderful families that are part of the BA family! 

James Duffy

English 8, 10, & 12 CP

Mr. Duffy moved to Beaufort in 2009 and is married to Shannon, who teaches sixth grade science at Riverview Charter School. Shannon came with two boys: Warren and Jefferson – the latter is heading to the College of Charleston in August. Mr. Duffy has been teaching for 12 years, most recently at USC Beaufort, where he taught classes in first-year composition and literature, journalism, and business and technical writing. He received every award he could be given at USCB; most recently, the Instructor of the Year Award in 2017. Mr. Duffy says, “I’m looking forward to this new opportunity, as I have only taught college-level courses before. I was sold on Beaufort Academy in my first meeting with Dr. Durbin, and I’m hoping to bring the same energy and experience to BA that brought me so much success at USCB.” 

Brenda Murphy

Spanish I & Spanish III CP

After a short hiatus from teaching, and a move from Connecticut to South Carolina, Brenda Murphy will be joining Beaufort Academy as a part-time teacher of Spanish. Mrs. Murphy comes to BA with over 30 years experience as a modern language teacher. Her career has been largely in private high schools and as an adjunct professor for the University of Connecticut in their Early College Experience division. Mrs. Murphy says, “ I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of the faculty at Beaufort Academy, which has the unparalleled reputation for educating tomorrow’s leaders.” 

Ally Coyle

MS Science; Science 5, 6, & 7

Mrs. Coyle, a Beaufort Academy alum, is particularly excited to return to BA as a full-time teacher after part-time teaching and tutoring last year. She loves the excitement and electricity of the BA learning atmosphere and is so thankful to be back home. Mrs. Coyle received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business from the University of California Long Beach. After college, she went on to design and install computer systems for large corporations and the government.  Her favorite aspects of these jobs were teaching how to create and use these systems. From there, she embarked to various teaching environments. Mrs. Coyle has taught an assortment of subjects, mostly science and math, along with English, in the U.S. and the Philippines. Teaching and learning is her passion. In addition to the traditional school subjects, she has also taught ballet, aerobics, gymnastics, computer programming, and robotics. Last summer, Mrs. Coyle moved back to Beaufort with her husband, Jeff, who is partially retired and owns his own consulting business. They have three children. Sarah is a graduate student at Christopher Newport University, Josh is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina, and Matthew is a sophomore at BA. And there is Heyward – the high spirited, much-loved family dog. Mrs. Coyle says “I am looking forward to an exhilarating year of science filled with hands-on-learning, innovation, experiments, and STEM integrated processing.” 

Brian Lentz

US Math; Algebra I, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Math Analysis H

Mr. Lentz was born and raised in Beaufort and graduated from Beaufort High School in 2014. He graduated from The Citadel in May 2018 with a B.S. in Physics, and as a recent college graduate Mr. Lentz will be joining the Beaufort Academy team as a high school math teacher. Mr. Lentz enjoys hiking and reading in his spare time. In 2014, Mr. Lentz was presented the Sons of the American Revolution Gov. Paul Hamilton Eagle Scout of the Year Award, and was also recognized by the Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter for having achieved the Eagle Scout designation during his Honor Court, which is the highest rank that the Boy Scouts offers. Mr Lentz says, “I am looking forward to starting my teaching career at BA and I plan on learning as much as I teach.”

Maureen Butler

Director of Academic & Student Services (College Advising, Student Affairs & Senior Representative)

Mrs. Butler will spearhead the college advising experience for our Upper School, while providing academic advising and guidance up until graduation. She will also handle all student affairs that families may have, along with organizing special senior events for the graduating class.  Maureen’s background as a former Registrar at Beaufort High School primes her for future communication with colleges, military institutions, and businesses for internships on behalf of students. Although never an employee, she spent numerous years as a parent, as an active member of the Parents’ Association, and a member of the Beaufort Academy Board of Trustees. Her two children, Kelsey & Keaton, attended BA from preschool until middle school. The foundation of education that both of her children received at BA set the precedent for their continued educational success. She looks forward to helping her future BA students make the right relationships to continue their success. Mrs. Butler says, “If something was needed, I was the go-to person. Maintaining family relationships in high school was the foundation of all that I did. I am very excited to be back at Beaufort Academy. I love the family feel at BA, and that feeling has never left. Every time I walk back on campus I feel like I am home.”  

Nick Field

Athletic Director

Nicholas Field is a Marine Veteran who has dedicated his life to coaching our youth.  Coach Field spent his first two years coaching under popular local coach Jermaine Jenkins.  After that experience, he coached successful teams at both Riverview Charter School and Beaufort High School.  Coach Field has also coached for the Bluffton Bulls AAU Basketball program and recently founded the Beaufort Hustle AAU Basketball program.  He has attended and worked several events and camps in the country over the years, including Point Guard College, Nike Basketball coaching clinics, The NEXT project and Elite Guard Training Live. Coach Field was the assistant camp director for Beaufort Academy’s summer basketball camp under Chip Dinkins from 2013-16, assistant camp director for Beaufort High School’s summer basketball camp 2016-17, and returned to work BA camp in 2018.  He has also worked three years at the NEXT Project in Charlottesville, Virginia, serving as the Director of Leadership and Communication.  Coach Field is very excited about joining the Beaufort Academy family. He looks forward to building on the tremendous success that Neal McCarty has accomplished over his tenure.  

Mark Clifford

Physical Conditioning Instructor & Head Football Coach

Mark Clifford will not only be the new head football coach, but also will be the new Physical Conditioning Instructor for our student-athletes. He will help us reach higher levels of excellence in all aspects of being a student-athlete. Coach Clifford is a leader with the experience, knowledge and personality to grow Beaufort Academy’s program and help produce well-rounded student-athletes who are successful both on and off the field  His passion, enthusiasm for the game, and work ethic are contagious. Coach Clifford says, “I am fired up about the opportunity to create a consistent winner with the BA football program.  Dr. Durbin and I did it before, and there is a good chance we could do it again!”

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