Teacher of the Week: Kate Diehl

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Kate Diehl is a one-of-a-kind teacher who urges her students to be global citizens, stand up for social injustices, be themselves, and she still has time to be a fan (and quote) the rapper Tupac Shakur.

“The advice I hope to leave all my students,” she says, “is from the great Tupac who said ‘be the rose that grew from concrete when no one else cared.'”

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She says she wants her classroom to be an extended family for her 8th grade students and a place where they feel free to be who they are.  She wants them to be confident and “feel OK to be different.”

That is because “it is important today to make students feel accepted for who they are no matter what.”

Diehl describes her teaching style as nurturing and loving.  “Make any student feel loved and safe,” she says, “and they’re going to learn from you no matter what.”

It is a style that suits her well at Williston Middle School where she teaches 8th grade English Language Arts.  “Every day I try to create a non-judgmental classroom,” Diehl says, “I want every student to feel safe expressing their thoughts, reading out loud, and just talking about things that are important to their life.”