Diana Embick was nominated by her principal, Leslie Bolte.
Ms. Embick makes a significant difference in the lives of her students every day. Her educational philosophy is to teach the "whole child," while developing the social, physical, and spiritual growth of her students. Ms. Embick believes that all of these areas are important in order to create a well rounded citizen.
Working with ESE/SLD students is something Ms. Embick is highly skilled at, but it often comes with frustration and lack of confidence on the child's part. She encourages them by providing them with patience, positive praise, and love. One of her favorite sayings is "They won't care what you know until they know that you care." She truly cares about her students, and when she puts this saying into action, she gets results.
Ms. Embick is not only a LifeChanger in the classroom, but in her community as well. She is a board member/volunteer for the Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center. Aside from serving as a safe and nurturing environment for at-risk and disadvantaged children, the center provides after school academic assistance and enrichment activities. The success stories that come out of the center are countless, because people like Ms. Embick are selfless and want to make a difference in the lives of young children, who might never get a chance to strive to their potential.
"Diana encourages, loves and is always finding ways and ideas that will improve her teaching," Bolte said. "She takes the time and pays attention to the details of her student's needs and lives. Diana has fun and she works hard. It is quite evident that educating children is her passion. I have not found many teachers that have the energy and the desire to do what she does each and every day, and she has been doing this for 32 years. Diana is an encouragement and inspiration to other teachers."