I believe we are all here to serve other people and to give them help which they otherwise wouldn’t receive.
A life in education is a bit of a tradition in Dianne Bauer’s family. Both her aunt and sister were teachers and Dianne worked in education for 40 years. In retirement, her commitment to the education system in her local community has continued.
“There are not enough people in education right now,” said Dianne. “We have a shortage in both teachers and resources. I believe we are all here to serve other people and to give them help which they otherwise wouldn’t receive.”
Dianne has been especially focused on helping students discover science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in fun and engaging ways. She gives her time to prepare supplies for the STEM activities, works with students to prep and execute lesson plans, and helps display students work at the school to inspire others.
“Once kids are exposed to STEM in a fun way, it turns them on to it and they become aware of things they have not been aware of before. Its far more engaging than reading from a text book,” said Dianne.
What started volunteering once a week, has turned into 20 or 30 hours of service every week. Her volunteer service impacts more than 650 students and through her volunteering the school has seen grades and state assessment score rise in the areas of math and science.
In her free time, Dianne loves spending time with her three children and seven grandchildren. She also loves to read, play cards, socialize with friends and root for the University of Florida Gators football team. She will be joined by her daughter Lindy Snyder on the cruise!