Where are they now?
If you are an alumni or former teacher, please update us with contact info and tell us where you are now so we can share!
Serena Kamdar - Class of 2003
Serena currently works at Doctors Making Housecalls doing data entry, specifically on the doctor of record report for different teams. Previously Serena worked as a Senior Office Administrator at Max Psychiatry. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology in 2009. She enjoys watching college football games, especially the Alabama Crimson Tide, as well as the Carolina Panthers, and traveling overseas and within the United States. She loved playing ping pong and taking Spanish while she was at Camelot, and especially enjoyed Immersion Day.
Stephen Hayes - Class of 2005
Stephen Hayes' new exhibit, Cash Crop, was featured in the News and Observer on October 22: https://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article236450633.html. Stephen teaches at Duke University. His exhibit is on display at Gallery 109, a pop-up exhibit space at 109 E. Franklin St. It is is part of a series of events marking the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to what is today the United States.
Devan Chichester - Class of 2014
Michael Murray - Class of 1995
Michael is a Mechanic at S&D Coffee in Concord, NC. He is married and the proud father of two: Zachary Robert Murray, 20, Trinity Suzanne Murray, 13.
Josh Pettway-Hinton - Class of 2013
Josh earned a B.A. in Communication Studies with a concentration in Media Studies and Technology from UNC – Chapel Hil in 2017. While participating in UNC’s Hollywood Media Internship program, he was offered a job and is now a Junior Editor with Revry, a global digital media network for LGBTQ content in Los Angeles.
Alec Porter - Class of 2011
Alec got married to Alexandra Clayton-Porter on July 7, 2018, and travelled to New York City, London and Dublin on his honeymoon. After graduating from Camelot, he earned a Bachelor’s degree from NC State University, majoring in Education in General Studies.
Fiona Castorina - Class of 2015
Fiona traveled to India the summer before her senior year at Elon for a cultural exchange program. She graduated in May 2019 and is going to graduate school at NC State for school counseling.
Olivia Arges - Class of 2014
Olivia graduated from Elon University and is working as an advocate for victims of domestic violence as a Legal Service Coordinator in Alamance County.
Molly Williams - Class of 2010
Molly works on the Compliance Team doing Enhanced Due Diligence at Square. In 2013, Molly graduated a year early cum laude from UNCW with a BA in English. She has also worked as the Content and Community Manager for Throwboy Pillows. She lives in Illinois on the bluffs looking out over the Mississippi river with her boyfriend, dog and two cats. They just bought their first house together, a century-old Victorian. In her free time, she hikes, experiments with new recipes, and attempts to do yoga, although her dog and cats view it as more of a team sport.
Thomas Edwards - Class of 2007
After earning a B.A. in history from Campbell University, Thomas worked as an historian with the City of Raleigh. He then returned to school, attending the Law Enforcement Executive Management Program and is now a full time Corporal with the Bailey Police Department in Bailey, NC and serves as a Reserve Sergeant with another law enforcement agency.
Ke Lu ("Luke") - Class of 2014
Luke returned to his Durham roots to study Medical Physics at Duke University. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2018.
Joyce Pardon - Teacher
Joyce tutors math K-12 for individual, private clients with unusual learning needs in her home. She specializes in supplementing school curriculum and preparing students for EOGs. When not tutoring, she is traveling to world historic sites. Recently she saw the pyramids of Egypt, cruised the Nile, hiked in Petra, Jordan, floated in the Dead Sea, and viewed Cherry Blossoms in Japan during the historical Platinum Week of the New Emperor taking office.
Grace He - Class of 2014
Grace graduated from NC State in 2018 and was accepted to Brown, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke for graduate school. She returned to her Durham roots to attend Duke to earn a Masters in biostatistics.
Arjuna (AJ) Palomar - Class of 2014
AJ worked as a catering manager at Greek Fiesta and is now figuring out how to be a good father, programming video games, making sweet funky music with Brian Powell and another friend, and being in love with the most real women ever. He says "Life is a rollercoaster, but life is good."
Brian Powell - Class of 2014
Brian chosen a new career path and enrolled at Durham Tech to earn an Associates Degree in Engineering, and then transferred to NC State to get a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering. He also works as a full-time manager at Café Carolina and Bakery in Meadowmont.
AJ Lewis - Class of 2003
Aaron served 12 years as a military officer in the North Carolina and Pennsylvania National Guard with one tour in Iraq. He received a bronze star, meritorious service medal and 3 army achievement medals. He is currently the owner and CEO of Sphere Brakes, LLC, commercializing a patented new brake system for several industries. He has a Bachelors Degree from East Carolina University and a Masters from Penn State. He and his wife, Mandy, welcomed a new baby, Noah, in July, 2015.
Richard Carruthers - Class of 2016
Richard attends UNC - Chapel Hill. He was selected as the graphic designer from the UNC E-Sports Club, as well as the Secretary of the Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club.
Simon Dong - Class of 2017
Tad has been working for Goodwill for 12 years, originally as a Store Manager and then promoted to District Manager after 5 years. He and his wife Tami have a son, Sean, and a daughter Hayley, who attends East Carolina University.
Rebecca Silver - Class of 1995
Rebecca received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley, and her MD from UNC Chapel Hill, and is currently a psychiatrist for Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte.
Brian (David) Harvey - Class of 1988
Brian is a Certified Hacker Forensic Investigator and Security Specialist. He is working as a cyber-security resource in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has completed coursework to become a Certified Ethical Hacker and a Certified Hacker Forensic Investigator. His hobbies include kayaking, fishing, and camping with his wife. His advice to students is to find what they have a passion for, and, as Robert Frost commented take "the one less travelled by."
Christie LeSesne - Class of 2001
Christie worked in banking for approximately 8 years, and left the industry in the summer of 2014 to create a colorful Home Decor & Entertaining Accessories brand with younger sister, Mary. She is currently serving as Creative Director and Head of Product Development for The Blush Label (www.theblushlabel.com). The line has been featured in Garden & Gun, Home Fashion Forecast, Joss & Main, New York Live, and The Today Show. They currently exhibit at High Point Market & Atlanta's International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.
Layman Franklin - Class of 1984
Layman works full time and attends Durham Tech. He celebrated his 15th wedding anniversary in 2017. He has passed on what he learned at Camelot to his children, inspiring them always to ask about what they don't understand and to be fearless in their quests for knowledge. As a result, his two oldest children graduated from JD Clements Early College High School in the spring of 2017 and attend their first choice colleges - NCCU and UNC-G. The youngest daughter is also thriving in school, making A/B Honor Roll.
Eva Sutton - Class of 2012
Eva "Sharky" Sutton is double majoring in Spanish and Peace and Conflict Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro NC. Her double major is slowly eating her life bit by bit but she hasn't given up on immigration law yet. She's also gotten the chance to visit Europe and spent the summer of 2015 studying at La Universidad de Alicante on the coast of Spain. She actually did manage to get some studying done in between episodes of trying to find a windmill to tilt, watching her ice cream melt and be stolen, and exploring the country on weekends.
Michael Berro - Class of 2010
Michael is back at Camelot, teaching and serving as the International Student Coordinator and Athletic Director.
Isaiah Bartlett - Class of 2005
After graduating from Camelot in 2005, Isaiah received his BA in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. After college he earned his Masters in Social Work from NYU. He worked as a child and family therapist in Boston doing home based therapy for three years and then ventured out to the Pacific Northwest and landed in Portland, OR. He continues to work in community mental health as a child and family therapist and is in private practice part time. He spends his spare time hiking, cycling, skiing, publishing creative writing, eating vegan food, and hanging out with his dog!
In Yoon - Class of 2011
In is attending American University in Washington DC earning a double major in International Business and Finance and minoring in Mandarin Chinese. He went to Tianjin, China for a year to study Mandarin. I he also working at the Korean Embassy Economic Sector in DC. He has done many things like working with the CBP for Korea, US FTA, and many other embassies. He misses playing soccer and basketball and Camelot and all his teachers!
Dedra Mangum - Class of 1990
Dedra is the Operations Manager at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. She lives in Durham with her two children, Donovan and Dorian.
Viola Samadi - Class of 2010
Viola lives a happy vegan zen life in Downtown Greensboro with her boyfriend Paul and their Cocka-Poo named Mia. She is back in school at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for a second degree, a BS in Entrepreneurship.
Thomas Edwards - Class of 2007
Thomas graduated with a BA in History from Campbell University and an MA in History from Norwich. He has a Firefighter I/II Certification from Johnson County Fire Academy and works as a firefighter at a Johnson County fire/rescue agency and engages as a historic interpreter with the State of North Carolina on a part-time basis.
Aaron Peterson - Class of 1996
Aaron is a Film Technician working on Unsolved Mysteries and other television shows. He works for various studios - Universal, Disney, Warner Brothers, and Nickelodeon. He works as a Best Boy Electric as well as the Gaffer and is currently working on the show A Dog's Blog. He lives in Long Beach, CA with his wife, Brooke. They have three children.
Leslie (Elderkin) Smith - Class of 2000
Leslie is an Artist and Business Owner of Sunset Jewels. After Camelot, she attended Louisburg College and received her CNA certification at Thomas Healthcare Institute in Raleigh, NC. She is currently attending Alamance Community College studying Early Childhood Education. She lives in Burlington with her husband Jason and two children - Gabriel and Trinity.
Jamie Valverde - Faculty
Jamie is at home with her five children, working part time at her husband's law firm as a bookkeeper. She also started a business names Jonquild where she makes jewelry that she sells in boutiques and galleries. She remembers interviewing at Camelot Academy on a Sunday and starting work the following Friday (going on her honeymoon in between!).
Philippe Derfeuil - Faculty
Philippe lives in Durham with his wife and two young children. One of his memories of Camelot is that he was the fastest teacher expelled from the teachers against the students basketball team. He had 6 fouls in 12 minutes!
Sarah (Beck) Tokar - Faculty
Since leaving Camelot, Sarah got married to an active duty Army officer and moved to five different states and two different countries. They have three beautiful daughters. Kylie is graduated from high school and is attending the University of South Carolina. The twins, Mary Ellen and Jayne, are in high school. Sarah took a while off from work while the kids were young, but returned to teaching full-time six years ago. Sarah has great memories of working at Camelot, co-planning with staff, and helping students make connections among various subject matters. She also has memories of trips to Asheville, Charleston, Mexico City and Quebec!
Ellen (Rappaport) Horton
Ellen lives in Jacksonville, NC with her three children - Caleb, Spencer, and Brayden. She works as a model.
Dianne is working on getting a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in teaching adults Early Childhood Education. She lives in Albemarle, NC with her three children.
Andy is the producer of a big video game that came out in August, 2013 - it's called Lost Planet Three and is sold by Capcom for most of the major gaming devices.
Asia Whitney - Class of 1993
Asia lives in Durham with her two children.
Crysta Hilliard - Class of 1991
Crysta works at Murdoch Developmental Center as a Physical Therapy Supervisor and as a PRN therapist at Granville Medical Center. She also works at a church nursery on Sundays. She lives in Hillsborough with her two children.
Leah Landerman - Class of 2000
Leah is an attorney in Durham. She earned a BS in Community & Justice Studies and Psychology in 2004 from Guilford College, and a JD in 2009 from North Carolina Central University School of Law.
Joanna Barre - Class of 2002
Joanna is a Lab Technician at a lab in Research Triangle Park.
Mary (Coman) Scott - Class of 2000
Mary is NICU Nurse in Raleigh, NC where she lives with her husband Jason and her two children, Drew and Molly.
Lian Gabriel (Lianne) - Class of 2000
Lian graduated from UNC-Charlotte in 2005 and is now a restauranteur in Charlotte. She has a baby named Peyton Avery Karsten.
Stephen Hayes - Class of 2002
Stephen Hayes is a professional artist who had his drawings, ceramics, prints and sculpture on display at the Hayti Heritage Center from December 3, 2007 - January '08.
Melanie Doster (Hurdis)
Melanie lives in Cary with her husband Nate and her son Zane. She works as an Emergency Nurse at Rex Hospital.