Ruth Durand

Special Education Teacher
37 years / 8 years at RAS

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Luck, (northwestern) Wisconsin in a family of 7 on a small dairy farm in a very close-knit Danish community.  I graduated from Luck High School as a part of the largest class in the history of our school—52 students!

Where did you attend college?
I attended college at the University of Wisconsin—Stout in Menomonie and graduate school at the U of M and Mankato.

Did you always want to be a teacher?
I’m from a family of teachers – two uncles, two aunts, and four of five of my siblings are teachers, and four of us married teachers. My real inspiration, though, was my 6th grade teacher. I loved being in her class and hoped that one day I could be that kind of teacher.

How many years have you been a teacher? 
I started teaching in 1979 and with just a few years off for maternity leaves, I’ve been a teacher about 37 years. Fun Fact – my first annual salary was $10,167.71.

I’ve taught students at all grade levels: high school, middle school, elementary, and adult education (GED preparation).

What will you miss most about teaching in Rockford?
I will definitely miss the students and all my wonderful colleagues. I feel so fortunate be have been given the opportunity to work such a talented staff and such amazing students! 

We have three sons, two amazing daughters-in-law, with one more daughter-in-law joining our family sometime next summer. In addition, we have 7 and 4-year-old grandsons in Washington, DC, and a 3-year-old granddaughter in Farmington.

What are your plans when you retire?
Having time to spend time with family will be such a gift. With one son living in DC, and one living in Montreal, Canada we have lots of ground to cover to see them. We’re also looking forward to traveling/camping around the U.S. and would love to check off as many National Parks as possible. Also, my dream is to actually run out of household projects!


Retirees from past years