About Me

funny-cat-doesnt-want-to-go-back-to-schoolWelcome to a new school year!  Hopefully the transition back to a school routine is going smoothly for both you and your child.  I know how difficult it can be trying to get your teenager out of bed in the morning when they have become accustomed to sleeping in over the summer.  As you have most likely been made aware of from your child, my name is Mrs. Durand and I am a teacher at Riverside Secondary School. I have been teaching in Coquitlam for 25 years and have experience at the high school, middle and elementary levels.  I completed my undergrad BSc. and BEd at UBC and my graduate program in Technology in Education at S.F.U.My girls

I absolutely love teaching.  I feel so fortunate to be able to work with students and do the job I love.  I am very dedicated to help students find their passion in life.  I also believe that students need to develop strong leadership skills, become hard workers, collaborate with others, and become good problem solvers.

Along with teaching, I am also passionate about my family.  My husband Bryan is also a high school teacher in the district and teaches at Heritage Woods Secondary.  He and I have two children.  My eldest daughter is Sara who is now 20 and in her third year of university at UVIC.  She is taking Psychology as her dream is to one day become a clinical counsellor.  My second daughter Alexa will be attending the University of B.C. Okanagan in Kelowna and working on getting her B.Sc. in Human Kinetics in hopes to one day become a doctor.   I can’t believe how quickly the time goes by!  Sara and Alexa are very involved in the sports world.  Sara played both soccer and basketball throughout her high school years and plays both sports recreationally at the university.  Both daughters also waterski competitively and Alexa played volleyball at her high school and for the Coquitlam Ducks.

I am very excited to be teaching a new course “Beginner Italian 11” this year.  I was fortunate enough to go to Italy this summer to brush up on my Italian skills and I can’t wait to take on this challenge!

This blog is both for you and your child as you can always check to see what we are doing in the classroom.  Please feel free to call me at the school or email me at cdurand@sd43.bc.ca if you have any questions.

Looking forward to a great year!

Claudia Durand

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