Diane Anderson

Gold Star Award Winner Diane Anderson

School
Hudson Middle School

City/School System
Hudson Community Schools

Subjects and Grade Level
6th & 8th Grade Language Arts

Education
University of Northern Iowa

Number of years teaching?
34 years

Hobbies
Running, biking, tennis, travel, spending time with family

Family members
Husband- Lowen, daughter, Kira and son in law Nathan; daughter, Carly and son in law Jordan

Professional Involvement
Hudson Education Assoc., Iowa Education Assoc., National Educational Assoc., Iowa State Language Arts Assoc. and presenter, Middle School Leadership Team, Executive Board Member of Hudson Education Assoc. High School Girls Tennis Coach, Cooperative teacher to numerous U.N.I. student teachers

What do you like most about teaching?
Watching students grow intellectually, emotionally and socially- they blossom everyday. I also love “kid” humor!

What do you find most challenging about teaching?
Making sure that students know that everything I do is because I truly care!

Best tip for new teachers?
Get to know your students- let them know you are there for them …. always!!!!

Best tip for career teachers?
Be ready for change, yet remember the basics- kids are our future!

Favorite piece of advice for students?
Have fun learning, ask lots of questions, and remember that education takes you to great places in life!

What does being a Gold Star Teacher mean to you?
Being a Gold Star Teacher means that my students cared about me and realized that I am doing the best job possible to make learning fun yet meaningful. Students keep me on my toes and make my job fun. This award justifies what I have strived for the last 34 years… do what’s best for kids, and be there for ups and downs, and make everyday positive and rewarding in some way. This award dignifies the teaching profession and honors our efforts.