Fourth Grade Team


ddurkee2Room 216, Debbie Durkee
deborah_durkee@dpsk12.org
http://durkee216.weebly.com/

What year did you begin teaching?
I have 34 years of service in DPS in grades 4-6.

Where did you go to college?
My undergraduate degree is from CSU and my Master’s Degree in Education is from UNC.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
My favorite thing about UPark is the camaraderie amongst the teachers and the kind, gentle hearts our students project.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I usually spend my snow day working on school work, wrapped up in a cozy blanket, sipping tea.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Why would I want to eat only one food for the rest of my life when there are so many wonderful flavors and spices available to us? I enjoy variety and the unique dishes from all over the world.

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
If I had not become a teacher, I probably would have worked in the travel industry as I love to see and experience different cultures in the world.

4_Jennifer_MortonRoom 218, Jennifer Morton
jennifer_morton@dpsk12.org
https://sites.google.com/a/dpsk12.net/university-park-room-218/

What year did you begin teaching?
I began teaching in 1999. I taught third grade for two years, and then came to University Park. Here, I have been teaching fourth grade since 2001.

Where did you go to college?
I attended college at the University of Colorado – Boulder (GO BUFFS!). I earned a degree in Psychology and then continued taking classes after graduation to earn my elementary teaching license. I also received a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
I love University Park because of the students. We are so fortunate to have such a diverse group of kids who are able to contribute to our school and create a very unique community. I also love that our school is able to provide students with so many enriching experiences including classroom projects, specials and before and after school classes.

If a school day suddenly got cancelled, how would you spend the day?
I’d spend time with my own kids. I would love to snuggle up on the couch with Cooper and Annika and watch movies. We’d probably bake some cookies too.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
PIZZA…I never get tired of it.

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
My dad is an architect, and I always enjoyed the work that he did. I’d love to design buildings and homes where I could combine my love for math, science, and art.

4_Sue_BryersSusan Bryers, Room 217
susan_bryers@dpsk12.org
https://sites.google.com/a/dpsk12.net/ms-bryers-4th-grade/

What year did you begin teaching?
1995. I previously owned a cookware/coffee shop.

Where did you go to college?
Gettysburg College, PA.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
Family involvement.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Reading, biking, gardening.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Anything chocolate.

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
National Geographic photojournalist.