Principal's Corner

Principal Shanta Duren

Mrs. Shanta Duren was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She matriculated through public school (Grades K-12) in the Wilmer-Hutchins Independent School District. After completing high school, Mrs. Duren set out to pursue her dream as an educator. She attended Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas and obtained an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education. Immediately upon completion, she went on to Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. After graduating from KSU in 1996, Mrs. Duren immediately gathered her possessions to head back home to Texas to begin her career as a professional educator. In addition, Mrs. Duren holds a Master’s of Science in Educational Administration & Supervision and both Texas Principal and Superintendent Certifications. 

Mrs. Duren is presently the delighted principal of Ruby Young Elementary Medical & Environmental Science Academy in DeSoto Independent School District. She’s very passionate about reaching and teaching both staff and students through her exuberant and contagious enthusiasm for teaching and learning. It is her belief that every leader should desire to connect with people first. Once the connection is made, great things are bound to happen when given the right conditions in which to grow and thrive. Mrs. Duren has also served in the capacity of teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, curriculum writer and professional development presenter and consultant.

On a more personal note, Mrs. Duren is married and has two wonderful children. She enjoys singing, shopping and gardening in her spare time.
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