Dr. and Dr. Duevel: “King’s Medal” recipients volunteer at the Academy | Aga Khan Academies

Dr. and Dr. Duevel: “King’s Medal” recipients volunteer at the Academy

Dr. Len Duevel and Dr. Linda Duevel are friends of the Academy who return annually as volunteers to conduct classroom observations, interact with faculty and leadership and offer pedagogical insights. Drs. Duevel are lifelong educators who worked for over four decades at the International School of Stavanger, Norway. Upon retiring, Linda was awarded the King’s Medal of Merit for Outstanding Public Service by HRH King Harald of Norway. Both Dr. Len Duevel and Dr. Linda Duevel have Masters in Education from Harvard University and doctorates in Educational Administration from Purdue University in the United States. 
 
Since retiring in June 2015, the couple has traveled the world while volunteering in international institutions. Together they have been to nearly twenty different schools in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East – including the Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad. They have been to India four times in the last two years. In October 2017, they will be visiting two schools in West Africa.
 
Their visit in September 2017 is the second the couple has made to the Academy, the first was in March 2016. “It is always a pleasure to see the wonderful learning community—both students and adults—here at the Academy. The school is truly unique,” Dr. Linda Duevel commented.
 
During their visit, the educators visited classrooms in both Junior and Senior Schools. Additionally, they worked with faculty members on multiple topics connected with the Academy’s mission and held resource workshops for different groups. Drs. Duevel were also present for Teacher Appreciation Day – a happy coincidence. In assembly, students took the opportunity to thank their teachers for their ongoing support. Drs. Duevel said of the occasion, “It was a lovely experience and the students were so gracious. As we always like to say, “Teaching is the profession that makes all other professions possible.”