Dr. Melissa Durrance
Dr. Melissa Durrance has been an educator with Polk County School District for 17 years. During the first nine years of her career, Dr. Durrance taught at the elementary school level. As a teacher, she was awarded Disney’s Teacherrific Award and became a National Board Certified Teacher as a Middle Childhood Generalist. In 2009, Dr. Durrance became an assistant principal and in 2014 she became the principal of Sleepy Hill Elementary. During her short time at Sleepy Hill she significantly raised student achievement and was able to move the school from a D to a B. Dr. Durrance has a passion for inspiring students and staff to work together to strive towards educational excellence.
Ms. Durham joined the Griffin team in 2013 while completing a year –long embedded administrative internship with Ms. Strong. She has since become our Assistant Principal and an invaluable member of our team. Specializing in Language Arts, Ms. Durham has over 24 years in the education field. Her impressive resume brings her full circle to the administrative team. Her passion is to establish cooperative, professional relationships with parents, staff and students in order to reach the goal of educating and nurturing the whole child. She firmly believes in the success of all students.