Durant’s Dialogue

Dear TeachersEPISD is moving forward and building momentum this summer, getting ready for the new school year. Even though it’s summer, I know you too are already planning and thinking about the students you’ll be teaching this fall.

I commend you for your deep dedication to educating our students. I know your commitment to our students carries your workday into the evenings and weekends, and summers, too. I assure you the time spent away from the classroom and on campus for students does not go unnoticed. Our principals appreciate it. Our students and their parents appreciate it. And so do we.

Don’t ever think that your work is not valued by administration. You are the foundation of the district and we are absolutely grateful for the work you do to make our students successful.

This is why I want to clarify the issue regarding the eight-hour day regulation. The reminder sent out is in no way a reflection of your work or desire to teach our children. It only offers clarity and uniformity districtwide. As a former teacher, I know how much time you devote to this amazing profession. We aren’t in this business because of the hours or days we spend in the classroom. It’s a calling.

Keeping uniform practices districtwide is simply fair for everyone. It gives us the basic perimeters we need. From there, I already know you go above and beyond.

We appreciate you and value what you do for our district and our students. Over the past few months, we have been working diligently to implement new programs and initiatives that will make a difference for you and our students. The expansion of dual language to all elementary campuses, new teacher websites, digital science books for our high schools, open enrollment, the expansion of No Excuses University to more campuses and Burges becoming an early college high school are just a few of the great initiatives we are ready to launch this coming school year. We want to strengthen our district and create more opportunities for student success; therefore making you even more proud to be an EPISD teacher.

Enjoy the rest of your summer break. I look forward to seeing you in the 2014-15 school year.


Ivonne Durant
Deputy Superintendent

Academics and School Leadership