Hillandale Advanced Academics

Welcome! We are so glad you are here! Read below to meet our Advanced Academics teachers and important information about Durham Public Schools Advanced Academics opportunities.

Hillandale Elementary

2730 Hillandale Road, Durham, NC 27705.....(919) 560-3924

What is the goal of Durham Public Schools Advanced Academics?

Durham Public Schools Advanced Academics help your child learn how to think critically through a variety of methods with a focus on becoming independent, confident citizens of learning! Primary age students (K, 1st, and 2nd grades) have an advanced academics specialist come in once a week for thinking skills lessons during "Investigations in STEM," in addition to the specialist seeing small groups of advanced learners during the week that have been recommended by the classroom teachers.

See the "Curriculum" tab to learn more about the curriculum DPS uses for Investigations and how.

At Hillandale, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade AIG identified and nurtured students receive service delivery through flexible grouping rotations into classes with a certified Academically Gifted teacher. Each subject is taught by these licensed teachers.


Meet our Advanced Academics Teachers!

Meet Mrs. Moffett!

I have been teaching in Durham Public Schools for 22 years! I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades in addition to reading intervention and advanced academics. Currently I teach K-2 Advanced Academics and I am Hillandale's AIG Specialist. In addition, I assist with Hillandale's MTSS (Multi Tiered System of Support) for K-2 students. I love learning, being silly, working hard, swimming, reading, puzzling, and being a daughter, wife, and mamma!!!

This website is for ALL learners and we offer educational resources and activities with higher order thinking skills, logical reasoning, and more!

My email address: joyce_moffett@dpsnc.net

Phone number: 919-560-3924 extension 24617

Meet Mrs. Drew!

I am in my 27th year of teaching, 8th year at Hillandale. I have taught a variety of grade levels and subjects. I currently teach third grade at Hillandale Elementary. I'm certified in AIG and EC, as well as Elementary Education. I love post it notes, reading, shopping and spending time with my family.

Email address: amy_nichols@dpsnc.net

Meet Miss Carstens!

This is my third year in Durham but my 8th year teaching! I taught 6th grade social studies for three years, 5th grade ELAR/SS, and 4th grade self-contained. Both for one year and all in Texas! Currently, I teach 5th grade at Hillandale. After growing up in Georgia, I’m excited about being back on the East Coast! When I have a free second, I enjoy reading, running, watching Marvel and Star War Movies (Episodes 1-3 are THE BEST!), and spending time with family.

I look forward to learning and growing right alongside your child!

Email address: Catherine_Carstens@dpsnc.net or text/call me at 919-695-7069.

Meet Mrs. Boyer!

This is my 16th year teaching, my third at Hillandale. I have taught all the way from 4th grade up to High School Geometry. Currently I teach 5th grade at Hillandale. I am originally from Buffalo, NY and moved here in 2007 after brief stints in Maryland, Georgia, and Ohio. I enjoy creating with fused glass, collecting Echinacea and Day Lilies, and traveling as often as possible. I just celebrated my 27th wedding anniversary and have two sons, both in college.

Email address: kimberly_boyer@dpsnc.net

Meet Ms. Simler!

This is my 7th year teaching and my 3rd year at Hillandale. I started my teaching career working with 7th and 8th graders in Harlem, NY and have been teaching 4th grade for 3 years. I hold Masters' degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University in Literacy Education and Sociology of Education. I am originally from South Florida, but attended undergraduate at Elon University before moving up to New York City for graduate school and to start teaching in 2014. I enjoy reading (my favorite book is The Phantom Tollbooth), hiking with my dog (Tock), and gardening. I am looking forward to to this school year and working with all our learners!

Email address: catharine_simler@dpsnc.net

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