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LaTonya S. Durant

LaTonya S. Durant (SC '06)

Teacher

St James-Gaillard Elementary School
Eutawville, SC

At the time of the Award, LaTonya S. Durant was:

Teacher
St James-Gaillard Elementary School
Eutawville, SC

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies, English/Language
Grade(s): 4

Biographical Information

Third-grade teacher LaTonya S. Durant has made her classroom a safe and comfortable environment for her students at St. James-Gaillard Elementary School in Eutawville, a rural school with a large population of low-income students and minorities. Ms. Durant and her colleagues begin each school year analyzing test scores, charting academic strengths and weaknesses, and creating academic assistance plans with parents of students who score below the basic level on the Palmetto Achievement Challenges Test (PACT). She adapts instruction to meet student needs, uses technology to help students reach their potential, and provides extra assistance to struggling students before, during and after school. Ms. Durant leads a technology camp each summer, teaching students the basics of computer use and helping them prepare science fair projects. Since 2005, Ms. Durant has been an Advanced Collaborative Educator (ACE) for the district, sharing school leadership responsibilities, facilitating curriculum development and strategic planning, leading staff development, conducting peer observations and providing demonstration lessons. This ace teacher is truly one of a kind.



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