My name is Diane Westover and I teach Second grade at St. Mary School. My husband and I have been married for 37 years and we are the proud parents of two children. Our children have blessed us with three grandchildren and another little one due at the end of February. I currently have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
For seventeen years my career was in banking, but ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a teacher. My teaching career started after I volunteered at my children’s school and realized how passionate I was toward teaching. Within the next year, I returned to college to pursue my teaching degree. Since I was a young mother of two children, my adventure had some detours along the way. Throughout the next eight years, I worked part-time at Wooster City Schools in a variety of different positions. I taught in the Pre-First program, served as PTO President four years, held the position as the Ohio Reads tutor and became their designated substitute teacher at Wayne Elementary.
For the past thirteen years, I have had the privilege of teaching second grade at St. Mary’s School. Fulfilling my dream to be a teacher and help children gain a lifelong love for learning has been richly rewarding. I want students to feel that they can succeed in my classroom, and implementing this notion of taking charge of their learning creates a foundation to establish that confidence and autonomy.
In order to address a wide range of skills and abilities in my classroom, I pre-assess my students’ background knowledge, provide flexible and individualized instruction, assess student progress and reteach difficult concepts as necessary. It is imperative that we identify each child’s strengths and weaknesses so that we can adapt our teaching style and modify our lessons to best serve the unique needs of each student.
As a teacher, it is important to respect all students in the classroom and provide an opportunity for every child to learn. I believe a strong indicator of my effectiveness in the classroom will reflect on my willingness to provide multiple avenues in which children can learn. Providing clear communication of high goals and expectations, classroom management, consistent discipline, creative and interactive teaching styles have been effective tools to help each child excel.
My students may not remember the finer details of a book report, but they will remember the laughter, challenging learning experiences, close friendships and the many times we prayed for each other at St. Mary’s School. As a teacher, this makes all the time that I have invested in teaching your children very gratifying. One of the results of the excellent rapport I experience with my students, current and prior, as well as their parents, has been the many wonderful relationships that have developed over the years.