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New Outdoor Learning Lab Provides Students with Learning Differences Experiential Education Opportunities

Friday, October 23, 2015

MaryAnne Dukas Outdoor Learning Lab at Chesapeake Bay AcademyFamilies, friends, faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees gathered Thursday afternoon, October 15th to formally dedicate the new MaryAnne Dukas Outdoor Learning Lab.  Mrs. Dukas was honored for her 19 years of leadership and service to Chesapeake Bay Academy.  Mrs. Dukas served as the Head of School from 1994 until 2013.

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The ceremony included many stories and fond memories shared by long-time community members Stanley F. Baldwin, Board Chair, Dave Levin, M.D., Trustee and alumni parent, and Suzette Rashkind, alumni parent.  MaryAnne graciously thanked everyone and shared the story of the how the concept for the Learning Lab was born.  “To see the space come to fruition and provide our students with opportunities for experiential education gives me my millionth reason why I continue to have a special place in my heart for CBA,” commented MaryAnne.

Mrs. Dukas was presented with a beautiful piece of artwork created by the students to commemorate the occasion. The MaryAnne Dukas Learning Lab is designed with floating triangular sails that shade octangular work stations below.  Upper School Studio Art students Nico Woolfolk, Aaron Wickham, Aidan Cochran, Miles Zugelder, Chase Brown, Charles Elder, Jonathan Geoghegan, Allison Kirsch, Camari Arapi, Ryan Sullivan, Clare Hendrickson, Bryce Cobb, Thomas Laverghetta, Molly Belbin, Stefan Sharak, D Glenum, Michael Chapman, Keith Butler and Jason Hannemann under the direction of art teacher Mr. Andy Harris built a small, abstract sculpture that resembled shapes seen in the outdoor learning center. This sculpture was photographed and used as a reference for a graphite pencil value study drawing in which students collaborated with each other to produce.  The result was stunning!

Musical entertainment for the celebration was provided by senior Lauren Damuth while student ambassadors Patrick McKneely, Isaac Rubin, Clare Hendrickson, Bryce Cobb and Daniel Mullen welcomed community members.

Chesapeake Bay Academy is the only independent school serving students with learning differences in Hampton Roads.  For over 26 years, CBA has embraced thousands of families in the community.  CBA teachers create individualized pathways to academic and social success for their students by embracing each child’s unique learning style.  For more information, please visit their website: