About Carole

Carole Duff completed a 34-year career in education, as an award-winning high school history and social studies teacher, mid-management administrator and curriculum technologist. She is also an accomplished presenter, serious flutist, and avid naturalist.

Carole has written articles for the professional journals Educational Leadership and Momentum. After pivoting to writing narrative nonfiction, her short works have appeared in:

The Perennial Gen

Streetlight Magazine

Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog


An adapted chapter from her to-be-published manuscript Wisdom Builds Her House: A Memoir of Finding Grace in the Third Stage of Life appeared in The Perennial Gen, for which she is a regular contributor. Since 2011, Carole has posted weekly to her long-standing blog Notes from Vanaprastha.

Carole holds degrees from Wheaton College in Massachusetts (BA in History, Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), University of Texas at Dallas (MA in Humanities), University of North Texas (MA in Education Administration, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi), and Goucher College (Certificate in Educational Technology). 

She and her husband, the writer K. A. Kenny, now live in the house whose construction she oversaw in her memoir Wisdom Builds Her House, in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, along with their three dogs. She has a daughter, a son, a step-son, and a son-in-law, and she and her husband share a granddaughter.

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