This summer we will get to know nine of our teachers and three administrators as well all enjoy a beautiful summer in West Michigan! Please join us each week as we learn about their friends and families and how they plan to spend their summers recharging!
This week we will get to know Doug Diekman, Rosewood Elementary fifth grade teacher. Doug and his wife, Shannon, have three children; Bryce, Colin and Naomi.
Please tell us about your family!
My wife Shannon and I were high school sweet-hearts and have been married 14 years. We have 3 kids, Bryce is 11 and in my 5th grade class right now (which has been a great experience), Colin is 9 and he is in 3rd grade Spanish Immersion here at Rosewood and our daughter Naomi is 7, 1st grade Spanish Immersion also here. I have loved having our kids come to school with me each morning and coming down to the classroom after the day is done. This summer we look forward to mini-road trips around the west coast of Michigan and just hanging out at home. We will also be going to my grandma’s taking care of her yard and swimming in her pool.
What are two of your favorite things about working in Jenison?
The “family” atmosphere that is present in each building and the amount of faith that is shown by staff on a daily basis is also evident in the community.
What is on your summer reading list?
Mornings with Tozer, Game Changer
Any fun summer plans?
To spend time with my family but also….CHINA! Excited to go to China at the end of July with a great group of fellow JPS educators to teach at a summer camp in Beijing for 2 weeks.
What does the end of the school year mean to you?
Besides the chaotic “check-lists” to make sure all is done, it is a time for the students to look ahead. A time for them to make sure they are using each day to prepare themselves for “tomorrow”. A goal is to make sure all of our students have a sufficient amount of “tools” in their “tool-belt” to not only continue to improve as a student, but more importantly, as a person.