Faculty Profile: Victory Duncan

Job title:  First grade teacher; Middle School cheerleading coach

Years teaching at Prep: 14

Family: Three children - Trace, Anabel, and Christopher - and a bonus daughter, Arianna, and a baby grandson (CJ). Also, there's the family dog- Aqua 
Background: Victory describes herself as "Midwestern by birth, but Southern by the grace of God." She attended Evans High School, and in her junior and senior years she participated in a work study program at a local elementary school in first grade.

"It’s here in Mrs. McGee’s Bees," she said, "that I found my passion for early childhood education."

Also in high school, Victory was the vice-president of VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, now SkillsUSA.) During this time, she traveled to Atlanta and other areas competing.

"I believe this is where my work ethic was instilled," she said. "No matter the task, skill, or goal, give it your best each time, and when you fail, not if, get back up and keep pushing!"  

While working a full-time job and being a mother, she attended Brenau University on evenings and weekends to obtain her degree. Victory did her student teaching at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Grovetown. 
How she found Prep: Augusta Prep was a familiar place for Victory before she started working here. Her mother worked as an admin at Prep since she was in middle school. As soon as she earned her degree, she began subbing at Prep. Then she found an opportunity to coach physical education. Then, another door opened to her one true love: first grade.

"It’s the Best GRADE!," she said.

Victory added to her responsibilities this summer, when she became the Middle School cheer coach.

"I was so thrilled to join our team of coaches," she said. "It is a wonderful, small community like family. My kids didn’t go to school here, but they all grew up here." 

Victory also teaches one more important thing: Chess.

"I have been teaching chess to first graders at Prep for the last nine years or so, since Mrs. Reynolds retired," Victory said. "I learned to teach chess from Mrs. Reynolds, but I learned to play from my oldest son (Trace) who was in a chess club after school. Since then, I have worked with Mr. Bowman as a tournament director."  

What she enjoys about Prep: "Hands down the families! They are so supportive and diverse! I have been able to join many families in participating in wonderful events such as the Guru Vandana and even visiting many of our families' local farms and business establishments."

Hobbies: "I’m all about exploring anywhere from the mountains to waterfalls to beaches and am always easy for a road trip or jet plane. Water, water, and more water. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are some of my favorites! And yes, I'm a die-hard Georgia bulldog fan! And my newest hobby or what takes all my time is playing with my grandson! 
Augusta Preparatory Day School is an independent, college preparatory school serving children ages 2 through Grade 12 from the greater Augusta-Aiken area. Augusta Prep seeks to enroll a group of diverse students. We follow an open admission policy, whereby qualified candidates are admitted without regard to religion, race, nationality, economic background, or ethnic origin.