Upper School History Teacher
Joined Country Day: 2014
BA, African American World Studies, University of Iowa
MA, History, Wayne State University
PhD, History, University of Iowa
Dr. Denise Spruill is a twentieth-century social historian, who focuses on U.S., African-American, and women's histories. Her role at Country Day extends beyond that of an Upper School history teacher. She also is a trusted adult who treasures and values the relationships she has with students and truly believes in the power of combining strong academics with diversity, equity, and inclusion.
"I have taught at a variety of places, kindergarten through college, public, and private and one thing remains the same—students are students. What makes Country Day special is the access to teachers and resources. Country Day intentionally allows teachers to build real relationships with students that last a lifetime and have incredible influence on the success of our students. When a student can meet with a teacher at any time—and have trust—anything is possible!"
"Student leadership opportunities both in and out of the classroom including clubs, the Diversity Awareness Forum, student government, and Honor Council provide students with the opportunities to lead in various capacities. Within my teaching, I truly believe in the value of cooperative learning where all students have an opportunity to teach and collaborate thus teaching them leadership, public speaking, and teamwork."
"The global exposure our students experience through Country Day’s extensive travel opportunities as well as our exchange and international students on campus, allows our students to better understand the importance of diversity, cultures, and ethnicity. I see this first-hand leading to young adults who have greater respect for difference."