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    Hello, I am Mr. Sands. I have been teaching at Durant High School for 10 years. Prior to that, I taught at Wilton High School for eight years, so I am very familiar with the students of the greater Cedar County area.

    I graduated from the University of Iowa in 1986 with degrees in journalism, education, and English. In addition to teaching, I also worked in the field of journalism for seven years. I was a news editor for the Clarinda Herald-Journal and a reporter for the Burlington Hawk Eye.

    At Durant, I teach a variety of language arts classes for sophomores through seniors.

    On a personal note, I have been a die-hard Chicago Cub fan since the age of 5 after Ernie Banks sent me an autographed picture, which hung on my bedroom wall for many years. I also bike and read a variety of books and magazines in my free time.

    If you need to contact me, my phone extension is #1218 at school. I am available on 1B hour and can be reached before or after school in my room.

    My e-mail address is steve.sands@durant.k12.ia.us.