Kerry McHugh Q&A

Lily Belcher, Editor in Cheif

Mr. Kerry McHugh is one of the fifteen new teachers at Durant High School this year. McHugh has worked for the Hillsborough County Public School System for 20 years and will begin his first year at Durant as the AP and Regular World History teacher for e-learners. 


Why are you doing e-learning?

I’m doing e-learning because both my husband & I have underlying health issues that can become severely compromised with Covid.  


Has the e-learning teaching process been difficult?

E-learning has been incredibly difficult for students, parents and teachers alike.  Trying to learn many different learning platforms and dealing with a number of technological issues for both myself and my students has been a daily challenge. 


What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?

My favorite things to do outside of work are reading, online gaming, baking & all night binge watching sessions with my son.


Why did you choose to work at Durant?

A friend spoke highly of the quality of leadership and impressive standards at Durant.  He also told me what a great social studies department they have.  It is also closer to me home.


What is the hardest part about your job?

The hardest part of my job is sometimes watching kids throw away opportunities given to them because they aren’t mature enough yet to understand how they are hurting themselves.  No matter how rich, powerful, or tough you are, time is undefeated, so never waste it.  


What is the best part about your job?

The best part is watch my kids grow up, become stronger, more confident & successful at skills they never thought they would be able to come close to doing.  I love the comradery and fun we create in AP world classes to deal with the demands of the course.