Darnell has served as Director of College Counseling at Columbus Academy since 2009. She also serves as an advisor. Darnell is active in the national college admissions counseling field and he has served in leadership roles for ACCIS (Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools), OACAC (Ohio Association for College Admissions Counseling) and the CollegeBoard. A native of New Orleans, she grew up spending time exploring the outdoors, meeting new people and enjoying good food. In college, Darnell wanted to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking, as she was inspired by the stories of people’s lives. Away from work, Darnell enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, hiking, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, biking and running. Darnell and her family also love their church and volunteering at the Broad Street Food Pantry during breaks.

Favorite thing about Columbus Academy
“I love the students and families at CA. It is a pleasure to work with them as they navigate the college process. I am also close with many of my colleagues, and I happen to think that I work with some best people in the world: Ms. Conti, Mrs. Crucke, Mrs. FitzPatrick and Mrs. Young.”

Favorite sports teams
“My favorite teams are always the Columbus Academy teams! In all seriousness, I love watching sports when I have connection to the participants.”

Little-known fact
“Many of you know that I love our Portuguese Water Dog, Huckle. However, as a child, I was afraid of dogs and in early adulthood I was known to say, 'I am opposed to the household pet.' My husband grew up with pets and when we were first married he told me, "his life would not be complete without a dog." I thought, “who am I to deny someone a complete life?” Now, I cannot see life any other way than with a dog.”

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