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Mrs. Deannie DuRant: 2018-19 Teacher of the Year

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D. Durant: Teacher of the Year
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The Florence County School District 5 Teacher of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year is Mrs. Deannie DuRant. Mrs. DuRant teaches English 8 and English 1 at Johnsonville Middle School. She has been teaching for 21 years and has a wide range of teaching experience. Deannie has taught 5 year old kindergarten, 5, 6,7,8,9, and 11 grades and tutors on the college level. She feels that this broad variety of teaching gives her a unique perspective on education and students. Deannie said, “I know that every child can learn, but learning is not a one-size-fits all endeavor. Learning must be adaptable to the needs of individuals.”

Mrs. DuRant graduated from Robert E. Lee Academy in her hometown of Bishopville, South Carolina. She attended Columbia College and finished with a BA degree in English with a minor in German with an emphasis on secondary education. She has done extensive graduate study and has obtained teaching credentials in Early Childhood Education, Middle Level English, Gifted and Talented, and Literacy. Deannie is passionate about reading and the study of English. “If you can read, you can accomplish anything.”

She has been happily married to Bethel Carey DuRant for 36 years and they are the parents of three children – a son, Brandon and his wife, Melissa, and two daughters, Catherine and Rachel. Deannie is also Mimi to two granddaughters, Amelia and Lydia. She loves spending time with her family on their farm.

Deannie is an active member of her church, Union United Methodist. She is the Chairperson of the Family Ministries Committee, President of the Women of Faith, a member of the Administrative Council and a member of the Chancel Choir.

Mrs. DuRant enjoys cooking, reading, spending time with her family and all things Clemson.  “I am humbled to represent the District 5 family as Teacher of the Year. It is an honor and a privilege to serve my school district.”


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