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Mr. Archer, English and social studies teacher

Mr. Archer and Mrs. Durán Join the School Faculty

Published: August 23, 2005

Dwight Archer and Clara Durán joined GNYA's faculty this summer. Mr. Archer, a master of science graduate from Pittsburg State University, will be teaching English and social studies classes, while Mrs. Durán, who holds a bachelor's degree in modern languages from Dominican Adventist University, will be teaching of French.

Mr. Archer, who also holds a B.A. from West Indies College, says he hopes to help enrich the academic and spiritual experience at Greater; and consequently, his own. Mr. Archer "comes with an insatiable desire for excellence," comments Mr. Palmer, GNYA physics and accounting teacher, who was acquainted with Mr. Archer before his arrival at GNYA.

Mrs. Durán, French teacher

Mr. Archer will be taking over subjects previously taught by Loida Perez. Ms. Perez, who served at the academy for over four years, moved this summer to Florida, where she continues to teach English at the high school level.

French teacher Mrs. Durán previously held a modern languages teaching position at Dominican Adventist University. Asked to comment on Mrs. Durán's unique contribution to GNYA, Mrs. Mitchell, GNYA's principal, commented that Mrs. Durán "comes with a background in foreign languages. She speaks three languages [English, Spanish and French] fluently". Mrs. Durán will be taking over the French classes previously taught by Ms. Henry.