Connect with a Parent/Guardian

The Derby community includes a caring group of involved and passionate parents and guardians

Connect with one of our parents/guardians to learn the "inside" scoop and have a casual conversation about the school, its students, and the amazing Derby community!

Vanessa P'24

My child's favorite activity/thing at Derby:
We joined Derby when our daughters were a bit older, rising 6th and 8th graders. In the first few weeks of school, there were many opportunities to meet as parents, with students, and with faculty and administration. At one of these events, there was a small reception following and I remember my 8th grader saying, “Can we stay a little longer?” And with that, she, and my younger one, both ran off with new friends around their new campus. In that moment, I realized that, even in such a short time, Derby felt like home…and my kids actually wanted to linger at school! It was immediately familiar, comfortable, and I knew my children would thrive there. There were many more moments like this one—in the classroom, in the theater, on the athletic fields, with teachers, and with friends. We are grateful.

About Me
I was mostly raised in Houston, a vibrant and diverse city in Texas. Growing up, my family was also fortunate to have an overseas experience when my dad was transferred to Brussels, Belgium, where we spent three years. These years at the International School were very formative and gave me a unique appreciation for people, food, and culture.  After returning to Texas and graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, my husband, Alan, and I landed in New England. We have three daughters, two of which have studied at Derby, and have been involved with the athletics programs as well as the arts programs and electives. I look forward to sharing our Derby experience with you!

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Allison Duffy, Derby Academy Parent

Allison P'29

My child's favorite activity/thing at Derby:
Our daughter loves everything about Derby Academy! She is excited to go to school every day and will run or skip into the building. If you had to make her choose, she would say that the teachers are her favorite. Their commitment and dedication to their students is amazing. We know that while our daughter is at school, she feels loved, supported, and encouraged.  As parents, we know that Derby will continue to challenge her academically and help her grow into a strong, confident adult.  

About Me
I am originally from the Midwest and consider myself very lucky to be so close to the ocean! Our daughter started at Derby Academy in Pre-K and we look forward to continuing at the school for many years.  As members of the Derby Community, I have been a Room Parent, a member of the Development Committee, and an Admissions Ambassador.  I love to share our Derby story and I look forward to talking with you soon!

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