Walter “Nate” Durant

Walter “Nate” Durant

Biography

 

“It’s not how you start, its how you finish.” These are words you might hear if you walk past Nate Durant’s classroom. This teacher knows first-hand what it is like to grow up with the odds stacked against you. The oldest of five, he grew up in a single-family home in North Philadelphia, facing many of the same obstacles that economically disadvantaged children of Wilmington encounter today. With the help of dedicated teachers like Salome Thomas-EL, who is now the principal at Thomas Edison Charter School in Wilmington Delaware, Nate Durant found a way to make it out of those circumstances. After earning a B.A. in communications from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, he began a career in education. He is currently a teacher and chess coach at Thomas Edison Charter School. As a chess coach he has helped his students achieve great success, winning state championships in both Delaware and Pennsylvania. In 2014, his students were the first from Delaware to win a national chess championship. Nate Durant uses chess as a tool to teach his students about life. He believes that in both chess and in life, success is determined by your actions. You are not defined by your circumstances, but by the choices you make.