Elementary Teacher Bios
Deirdre Quinn

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.