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Frau Duran grew up bilingual with a German mother and American father.  She lived in Texas, Germany and Colorado.  After high school she attended the University of Northern Colorado, earning two Bachelor’s degrees, one in German and one in Psychology. Jess then pursued her Master’s at the University of Arizona, where she was a graduate teaching assistant and fell in love with teaching.  After graduating at the age of 22, Jess took her first high school teaching position in Tucson, Arizona, doubling the size of the program and starting an exchange program with a German high school in Bavaria.  Jess returned to Colorado to be closer and is thrilled to be at SLHS. In her spare time she and her two children enjoy hiking and exploring the outdoors.  Jess is also a member of the American Association of Teachers of German and the Trainernetzwerk for the Goethe Institut.