Message from the Mrs. Atlas, Principal

Welcome to Durham Elementary School (DES)

Durham is proud of our community of learners. Our teaching team is a group of dedicated, hardworking educators. They are life-long learners, work in partnership with their colleagues, and plan enriched, daily common core standards-based instruction. The staff participates in weekly collaborative meetings to ensure we stay current on the best approaches and research to meet the needs of our students.  

We believe in our Tiger Traits:  Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. We recognize and accept each individual and strive to promote personal potential in all of our students. Our goal is to provide a safe, collaborative climate, where students can thrive academically and socially. We want to challenge our students to think critically, problem solve, and be active participants in their daily learning.  

Family partnership is an integral part of the success of our school. Our Parent, Teacher, Student (PTS) organization is a wonderful support network who tirelessly support DES. We are very grateful for the hours of volunteer work time that they provide for our community. This dedicated group of parents has continually supported our students, staff, classrooms, our art program, and school garden, among countless other projects on campus, as well as fundraising for a multitude of other things.  

As the instructional leader here at Durham Elementary, I am dedicated to providing an environment that supports students, teachers, and parents as partners in the educational process.  I welcome all community members to become involved in educating the young minds here at school. Together, we can make a difference. 

Many Thanks for Sharing Your Children,

Lisa Atlas
Principal