Diane Pniewski - Middle School World Geography

What do you love most about your job?
I most enjoy interacting with my students and colleagues.
What are specific traits you work to identify and grow in students?
I want students to be responsible, confident, independent thinkers who love learning.
Why did you choose to work in an all-girls education environment?
An all-girls school is the perfect environment to instill the qualities such as responsibility, confidence, and having a positive attitude in our students.
Why did you choose RPCS?
I chose RPCS because of its commitment to life-long learning, and its spirited atmosphere.  I was especially excited to teach in the sixth grade in the Middle School because we were the first (in the school, I think) to work as a team of teachers. Now I have been here for thirty years!
Why is education at the grade level you teach important?
Sixth grade is the entrée to the Middle School here at RPCS, which is an exciting time.  Students crave and need greater independence, and they are ready for the responsibility.  They are making the transition from literal to abstract thinkers, and it is exciting to be part of shaping this development. 
"I teach because… I can’t imagine doing anything else, and I love that I am impacting students’ lives in a positive way."
What do you want an RPCS education to mean to our graduates?
I hope students feel that an RPCS education has been an investment in their futures, and that it has provided them with skills, knowledge and fortitude to go forward in their lives.

Why did you choose the subject you teach?
I have taught various social studies courses through my career, including Psychology, U.S. History, World Civilizations, Ancient History, and even Ohio History.  I am currently teaching World Geography and Cultures, which I love, because it is the ultimate interdisciplinary subject and because I think global awareness is so important.

What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that it is my job to set the stage for students to learn.  That means having a solid understanding of my discipline and teaching pedagogy. It means sharing my enthusiasm for my subject.   After that, it is my job to get out of the way and let my students learn!
What is your favorite moment in the classroom?
I love when I help students to have an “aha moment,” and when we share a laugh.  Humor is an essential element in a Middle School classroom!