About Your Teachers

Ms. Amy
Hello, Discovery fifth grade parents and students!
My name is Amy Suhr, and I will be a fifth-grade teacher this year. I have 20 years total of classroom teaching experience. This is my fifth year at Discovery School, where I taught fourth grade for two years and fifth grade the last two years.  I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri, USA, and graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Elementary Education and Spanish.  I taught in the same elementary school in the Independence Missouri School District for 16 years (alternating between grades 3, 4, and 5, as well as serving as the library media specialist) and earned my Masters of Education degree in 2001.
I am active in an organization called Friends United, Inc. which is based in Kansas City and Tegucigalpa, and provides Honduran public school teachers with training and support materials.  It was this organization that first brought me to Honduras in 2010 on a working tour, and in 2013 I moved to Copán Ruinas to support teachers and schools in the rural mountain villages.  In 2014, I moved here to Tegucigalpa to work for Discovery School, but I still maintain some projects in Copán through my small non-profit organization Project Ascend, and I continue to work on an as-needed basis for Friends United.
I am so excited to be back at Discovery, and to be working with your children in this year!  I have a great passion for teaching and learning, and Discovery School is a perfect match for my student-centered, active learning philosophy. We have lots of engaging learning experiences planned, and I can’t wait to be a part of your child’s education!
Most sincerely,
Amy Suhr

Mr. Andrew
Hello parents!

My name is Andrew Duryea. I was born and grew up in west Michigan, although I have now lived abroad for nearly eight years. I earned my Elementary Education degree from Grand Valley State University in 2010 and I have over eight years of experience in education. In 2016 I completed my Masters degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from the State University of New York. This is my sixth year teaching at Discovery School and my first year teaching fifth grade. I am very excited to start fifth grade and see lots of familiar faces, as well as some new ones too!

Before Discovery School, I taught English in a private academy in Busan, South Korea from Kindergarten to 3rd grade. And before that I was a Peace Corps Volunteer here in Honduras. I lived in a small community called San Marcos, working with students, teachers, and parents to promote literacy, personal health and hygiene, and sports recreation. During that time I also developed my Spanish and met my wife! It was a truly life changing experience!

This year our daughter Laura is ten years old and will also be in fifth grade; and probably Ben, who turned two in March, will be coming to Discovery School next year! We continue to make improvements to our new home in El Molinon, and enjoy being within walking distance from the school. All in all my family and I feel very blessed to consider Discovery School our “family” again this year. We are all looking forward to another great year with all of you!

I look forward to meeting you all in person!

Mr. Andrew

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