Ivonne Durant returned to El Paso to become Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent after serving more than 20 years in the Dallas Independent School District. During her tenure at the Dallas ISD, Durant was the chief academic officer, an area superintendent, executive director of a Multi-Language Enrichment Program, executive director of a Comprehensive School Improvement Program and as an elementary school principal.
Prior to her time in Dallas, Durant worked at EPISD and Region 19 Service Center from 1975-1990. At Region 19 she worked as a bilingual education consultant, director, and division administrator for Special Populations and at EPISD she implemented bilingual education design program adopted by the various areas in the district. She also worked on the design and implementation of a middle school program for English language learners. She joined Dallas ISD in 1990.
Durant earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western New Mexico University and a Master of Education from UTEP. She is currently working on her doctorate studies at Texas A&M University Commerce and expects to graduate December 2015.
Divisions under Durant’s leadership include: Chief of Schools led by Dr. Danna Diaz (Area 1) and Dr. Royce Avery (Area 2); Special Education led by Assistant Superintendent Pam Howard; Curriculum & Instruction/Research, Evaluation & Assessment led by Dr. James Steinhauser; and Academic Support Programs led by Dr. Joseph Lopez.