Toronto has new math, special education teacher

TORONTO – Johnathan Durand said he’s delighted to be the new math and special education teacher at the city junior/senior high school.

“I really like the staff here,” he said. “They’ve been very welcoming to me. That’s a big reason why I wanted to come teach here.”

Durand said he graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2012 with degrees in math and special education.

“I’m originally from upstate New York from a small town called Owego,” he said. “I went to Newark Valley High School and graduated in 2008.”

Durand was hired in July by the city school district board of education to teach special education, eighth-grade math and algebra I.

“Johnathan was a frequent substitute (at Toronto High School) last year, and he worked anywhere we asked him to,” said Maureen Taggart, junior/senior high school principal and district communications coordinator. “He also volunteers as an assistant coach for the high school baseball team. He also ran the scoreboard during basketball games.

“I’m thrilled to have him on board,” continued Taggart. “He has a lot of passion and enthusiasm for what he does.”

Durand said he plans to obtain a master’s degree, but right now he’s focusing on being an educator.

“I feel very fortunate, very lucky and very blessed to be here,” he said. “I’m grateful for Toronto for giving me the opportunity.”