Mrs. Duran has been teaching for 13 years at Stipe. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies at San Diego State University. She then earned her Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. During her time at Stipe she has taught third through sixth grade with the majority of her experience in fifth grade. Mrs. Duran believes in facilitating student learning and academic growth through building trusting relationships that honor each individual child. It is her goal to encourage students to think critically, inquire and take ownership of their education. Her belief is that it is of the utmost importance that student's cultural strengths are identified and nurtured to foster a sense of well being and overall academic success.