All the teachers at Durkin Park Elementary School put in 100%. But one teacher puts in 110% and that would be Mrs. Helen Branch. Mrs. Branch is a math teacher and has the patience of a saint. She takes her time and really listens to the students and works around their understanding since it can be different for each. She is always encouraging and always sees the best in each student. She never gives up on her students and when disciplining she does it in a respectful understandable way. She builds relationships with each student and their caretaker. She is an inspiration to the students and makes learning fun.
I have respect for each and every teacher at this school. They each are consistently working hard with the kids and not only teaching them about the subjects they need to focus on, but also about life.
The staff at this school is very fair and very open minded to all of their students and the backgrounds that they come from. The school has respect for its students, therefore it receives respect back.
The school is always trying to help each other and to help others who might not be as fortunate as their students. The school is always offering opportunities for students who might other wise feel left out of activities.
This school is very diverse and celebrates all types of holidays and special day for each of its nationalities. The staff is always recognizing good behavior and always encouraging the students to do their best. This school has always had lots of activities that covers everyone's likes and heritages.
The school principal and assistant principal and the entire staff have always treated each student and their families' as if we were all family. From the principal to the cafeteria staff to the janitors, each person that works in this school has only treated everyone with respect and kindness. There was never a day in 8 years that I felt unwelcome in this school. Each staff member treats the students with respect and also takes an interest in each one. I have always felt comfortable and safe leaving my kids in this school and after school programs.
Last year was my son's first year at Durkin for sixth grade. I must say I was very impressed with the faculty and the staff. The teachers are great! My son transferred from St. Bede School and I realized the kids at Durkin were a lot more advanced. I wish I would have sent him here from Kindergarten. I wasted so much money all these years. I would definitely recommend this school!!