Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Durmis


Mrs. Durmis passes out candy to her classes on Halloween.

After 13 years of teaching, this science teacher has become loved by all of her students. Mrs. Durmis started teaching at the high school 11 years ago, but becoming a teacher definitely wasn’t on her agenda.

She said, “I just went back to school to teach. It was honestly the last thing I wanted to do with my life, but now that I do it, I can’t imagine my life and career turning out any better!”

Durmis loves to watch her students overcome challenges and succeed, and she even said it’s her favorite thing as a teacher.

I love getting to see everyone and share in their joys and celebrate the great things going on in their lives.”

I guess one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that it’s okay to adjust who you are throughout your life to better serve yourself. You will find that what suits you now isn’t what will suit you in the years to come.

— Mrs. Durmis

Durmis started her college education in physics and attained a bachelor’s degree. Instead of continuing with her physics study, she switched back to teaching. Without teaching, Durmis would’ve loved to become an engineer, as she loved the idea of problem-solving.

She said, “Problem-solving makes me really happy, so I think being an engineer would require a lot of problem-solving and in turn bring me a lot of joy.”

Karate is one of Durmis’s favorite activities to participate in. She is working her way toward a Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and wants to continue until she physically can’t anymore.

Each change should be celebrated as it is a part of your story and will continue to shape you. So be true to yourself and allow yourself to grow and change as needed, regardless of what others may think.

— Mrs. Durmis

Most people claim that nails on a chalkboard or tapping are their pet peeve; however, Durmis has said that she HATES wet feet. She said anything to do with water and socks or shoes touching is worse than nails on a chalkboard for her.

Durmis also loves the city of Pittsburgh. She would love to just stay here and live where she is. She adores her family, friends, and the life she has built in Bethel Park. She’s not fond of traveling either, and said, “I’m kind of a homebody. I love where I live.”

Durmis has learned over the years that integrity is very important in someone’s character. Growing up, Durmis was always inspired by her dad to live life how she wanted.

My biggest role model growing up was my dad! He instilled in me a drive to succeed, a great work ethic, and integrity. He is my hero and I am so grateful to have him in my life.”