Dave Diesslin was nominated by his principal, Nate Walbruch.
Mr. Diesslin is the very definition of a LifeChanger! As the Wood Shop teacher of Plainview-Elgin-Millville Community Schools, he has the distinction of working with students in grades 8-12. What makes him truly special is his perpetually positive attitude, willingness to get the job done, and incredibly human approach to teaching.
"I can imagine Mr. Diesslin has bad days like anyone else, but I have never seen evidence of it," said Walbruch. "Dave has an infectiously positive attitude! He is always willing to share his smile and an amusing story with anyone."
Many students taking his classes are drawn to his happy approach to life. In fact, Mr. Diesslin is considered a mentor to hundreds of students due to his positive outlook on life. His positivity is magnetic and draws people to him.
Beyond the classroom, Mr. Diesslin's positive approach, handy-man skillset, and work ethic are in high demand from community members. He works to get any job done! For example, during the recent switch to Distance Learning, Mr. Diesslin initially struggled due to a lack of experience with technology tools to facilitate communication. However, he knew that to get the job done, he would need to become proficient with these tools. He not only became proficient, but went above and beyond to check in with students/families throughout the school year. This work ethic extends beyond the classroom as he volunteers his time as a cross country coach, track & field coach, community fire fighter, and much more!
"The biggest impact Mr. Diesslin has is on the students he teaches," said Walbruch. "His approach to meet students where they are at, provide them with support, and encourage them has made him one of the most accomplished, popular teachers I have worked with. Dave is willing to do whatever it takes to help students. If that means coming in at night/weekend/vacation to open the shop, Dave is there! Needless to say, all students connected to Mr. Diesslin feel important and leave his class with useful skills."