Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Durden

Dear Cotton Indian Elementary Families, 

 It is with great honor and excitement that I serve as Principal of Cotton Indian Elementary! I am incredibly honored to be working to lead our teachers and students toward even greater success. Cotton Indian is a wonderful school filled with a dedicated and passionate staff driven to empower students and prepare them for their futures.

 I live in McDonough with my husband of 13 years, Alex, and our three children. Audree (12), Eliott (7), and Emerson (5) keep us very busy and we thoroughly enjoy watching them learn and grow. 

 It is my passion to work with all learners and help them reach their highest potential. I believe that in order to work with and understand our students, I must remain a student myself. I look for any and all opportunities to learn and refine my practice. 

 My love for education and working with students encourages me daily to accept new challenges and embrace change. As you embark on the 2021-2022 school year alongside the teachers and staff of CIE, please do not hesitate to share your ideas with us. I look forward to having a wonderful year getting to know you and your student! 

Degrees & Certifications

Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education/Special Education, Mercer University, 2011

ESOL Endorsement, Mercer University, 2011

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Mercer University, 2012

Education Specialist in Educational Leadership, Valdosta State University, 2017