Ms. McDermott was hired by East Hartford Public Schools in 1998 to teach health and physical education at East Hartford High School. She has taught in each grade level, 9th-12th grade, during her tenure in the district. Ms. McDermott herself is a product of East Hartford, attended many of the district's schools and was a graduate of East Hartford High School.
Ms. McDermott received her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from UCONN. She obtained her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. Currently, Ms. McDermott teaches 12th Grade Health and Physical Education at EHHS.