Diane Felty is TFS Teacher of the Year

Diane Felty is The Friendship School’s Teacher of the Year
Posted on 08/07/2018
Diane Felty, TFS Teacher of the Year

pediatric nurse diminished as soon she worked in a childcare setting and immediately felt “at home.” This discovery led her to find her passion in education.

Diane is The Friendship School’s Teacher of the Year for 2018 and was nominated by her peers. Most LEARN schools and Student Support Services selected one of their own as respective teachers of the year. From that pool of candidates, LEARN will announce the organization’s Teacher of the Year at Convocation festivities on Monday, August 27.

Diane is entering her 14th year of teaching at TFS, where she teaches pre-kindergarten. Diane’s favorite memory of her career is the time when some of her students invited her to their 8th grade graduation, years after they had been students in her classroom. She felt a sense of honor that she was able to stay in their lives and that they valued the time they spent in her classroom as an important part of their education.

Here’s some more about Diane:

What is a fun fact about you?

Several years ago I bought a motorcycle without knowing how to ride it. After completing a motorcycle riding course, I was excited to go on adventures to Virginia Beach, Cape May N.J., and along the Kangcamagus Highway.

What is one of your hidden talents?

While on a train ride from New London to Washington D.C., my wonderful Nana Ann taught me how to crochet (with simple single and double stitches). I love that my first blanket was made with her. However, my favorite blanket that I have made since learning is the one that my daughter is currently snuggling with.

How do you spend your summer vacation?

I spend my summer vacation having fun with my fifteen month daughter (including our weekly trips to the Mystic Aquarium, playdates to the park and Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, and walks with her Papa along the water), reconnecting with friends, and spending time with my family.

What inspires you as a teacher?

I am inspired every day when I see the growth and development of our youngest learners. I take such honor in knowing that I am one my students’ first teachers. I get excited when I see a student have that “aha” moment. Every year, I am amazed by the differences I see in my students from August to June. And for some students, I am lucky enough to see even more of these changes occur over two years.

If you could give your students any life advice, what would it be?

Just breathe. When you’re stressed, take a breath. When you’re overly excited, take a breath. When you’re sad, take a breath. When you’re hurt or angry, take a breath. I find that even as an adult, I do this often. It helps to center me and help me have a clear focus on what is going on around me.

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