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Mrs. Sherri Durant » Mrs. Durant

Mrs. Durant

Grades: Middle School - Grades 6, 7, and 8

Subject: Science

Favorite Quotation: “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein

Why I Teach: My desire to be a teacher began in the fifth grade. Although my life’s journey took several detours, I was finally blessed with the opportunity to teach over twenty years ago. To see the light of understanding in a student’s eyes and witness smiles of happiness, are motivating factors in my teaching. Also, helping students have fun while learning is important.

Education and Training:
Master of Arts in Teaching Science, University of Texas at Dallas, Texas
Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Texas at Tyler, Texas
Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences, Dallas County Community College—Cedar Valley
Associate in General Education, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas
Additional training: Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science UTD 2003-2010
TEA Certifications: (Total of 6)
Elementary Grades 1-8: Self-Contained, Science Grades 4-8, English Grades 6-12, Language Arts Grades 6-12, Speech Communications Grades 6-12 and
Business Administration Grades 6-12

Where I have lived: A native Texan, I have lived and taught throughout the state. Most of my childhood was spent in the Corsicana area.

My Professional Experience:
St. Joseph Catholic School (Fall, 2014, to current)
St. Monica Catholic School, Dallas, TX: MS Science and English Language Arts (2006-2014)
The Art Institute of Dallas: Conceptual Physics (2009: evening classes)
Lovejoy ISD, Allen, TX: 6th Grade Science and English Language Arts (2003-2006)
Kaufman ISD, Kaufman, TX: 5th and 6th Grade Science, ELA, math tutor (2000-2003)
Kemp ISD, Kemp, TX: 4th Grade Math and Science (2000)
Prior to 2000, I taught in various content areas at Providence Catholic High School in San Antonio, TX; Rocksprings High School in Rocksprings, TX; Slocum High School, Elkhart, TX; and Norman Junior High in Kaufman, TX.
Additionally, I have presented professional workshops for teachers through the Texas Regional Collaborative for Science Education; GEMS (Great Expectations in Math and Science); and the Texas Speech and Communication Association.
Also, I co-edited the Geology: Change over Time curriculum for Grades K-8 that was adopted by TEA and used in Texas schools beginning in 2007.
Along those same lines, I was the assistant editor of The Texas Science Teacher, a membership publication for the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) 2005-2007.

My Family:  My husband, Ed, and I have six grown children and eleven grandchildren. We have two grand-pets and a spoiled cat named Teagon (Tay-Joe) who was rescued from a hurricane in Louisiana. She was airlifted to the Denton SPCA from which we adopted her. Ed is retired; however, he finds opportunities to use his math degrees to help others.

Something you might not know about me: I have climbed mountains, hiked across parts of deserts, excavated dinosaur bones, and driven my own motorcycle.

My prayer for my students (and myself): Today I Resolve (from The Catholic YouthPrayer Book, St. Mary’s Press, 2007, Page 56)
Lord,
Today I resolve to do the good
You created me to do,
To see the good
You created me to see
To be the good
That you created me to be.
Amen

My contact information: sdurant@stjosephccschool.net