Elementary Teacher Bios




Katherine Doody

Title: EL Teacher, Grade 2

Languages spoken: English (Level 6), Spanish (Level 5)

Contact info: katherine.doody@mpls.k12.mn.us

About me:  

I grew up in South Hadley, Massachusetts and graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. I earned my bachelors degree in History with a minor in Spanish. During my junior year, I studied abroad in Seville, Spain, where I lived with a host family and began tutoring English Language Learners. The experience inspired me to work with English learners at home, both at my university and in the community. I’m thrilled to be joining such an excellent team at Anne Sullivan!



Deirdre Quinn



Title: EL Teacher: Grade 3, ASD

Languages spoken: English (Level 6); Spanish (Level 2); Somali (Level 1)

Contact info: deirdre.quinn@mpls.k12.mn.us

About me:

I grew up in Central Wisconsin and attended University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Middle School Science. I moved to Minneapolis after graduating and attended Hamline University, where I earned my ESL license. I have been working for Minneapolis Public Schools for 6 years. This is my third year as an EL teacher and am excited to be working with the students at Sullivan. I enjoy cooking, singing, playing piano, reading, watching the Twins, and being around my family and friends.


Rachel Durkee

Title: EL Teacher: Grade 1​ and K-2 level 1

Langugaes Spoken: E​nglish (Level 6); Spanish (Level 4); Somali (Level 1)

Contact info: rachel.durkee@mpls.k12.mn.us​

About me:​​​

I grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota and moved to the Twin Cities area to attend the University of Minnesota, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. During this time, I had been volunteering at a school teaching adult English and realized that instead of going into politics that I actually wanted to be a teacher. I then attended Hamline University and became an ESL teacher! I am so very excited to be working with the wonderful students, staff and families at Sullivan! In my free time when I am not teaching, I love cooking, going to fun restaurants, attending concerts and any local sporting events, as well as exploring the beautiful Minnesota outdoors.





Deirdre Quinn
Deirdre Quinn