Mr. Stancill

Edward Sackey ’18

From his time as a student to his 34 years as a history teacher and coach, Woodberry has played a huge part in Mr. Stancill’s life. Throughout his time here he’s been greatly involved in the life of the school. As astudent in the class of 1974 he already enjoyed helping and mentoring others, serving as a prefect on Upper Taylor in his senior year. He found the opportunity to help younger students to be a rewarding experience.

After majoring in history at Duke, Mr. Stancill embarked on a career in law, attending the law school at William and Mary, then practicing law in Virginia. However, he had a desire to do something more fulfilling. So inspired by his positive experiences coaching as a sports camp counselor at college, he decided to return to Woodberry as a teacher in 1984. As a history teacher, he’s taught a range of classes and continues to help modernize and develop the curriculum by introducing the Criminal Law elective for seniors, and the Counterterrorism Law course last year.

As a student at Woodberry Mr. Stancill was a successful captain of the basketball team, winning 42 out of 48 games through his junior and senior years. As a teacher, he’s still involved in his favorite sport. For his first ten years at Woodberry he used his experience to coach varsity basketball and still assists Coach Dawson today, while working with the high jumpers on the track in spring. As you might expect, having attended Duke Mr. Stancill is an ardent Blue Devils fan!

Mr. Stancill also runs the popular ‘Woodberry in Scotland’ summer program with his wife, a 3-week coed trip on which he teaches about Scotland’s history and culture. He started the program 22 years ago, inspired by a particularly memorable experience traveling around the whole of the UK on a Woodberry-organized trip in his senior year, which encouraged him to travel and learn more about different countries and cultures.

For Mr. Stancill, Woodberry has had a profound impact. His favorite thing about the school is the students. He commented, “I really enjoy getting to know them better, helping them develop their skills.” He says Woodberry has shaped his entire life – and he has done just as much to shape the school and its students.

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