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Dianne Ziegler
BS in Art Education, 2009

Dianne Ziegler had a calling to be not only an art teacher but one who was a graduate from Appalachian State. Before she came to Boone to study art education, she could see that "not only was it was a great program, but that there were going to be a lot of down-to-earth people who enjoy the same things as me."

Being in Wey Hall with the other art students was like a second home to her. "I really enjoyed how small the classes were and how my professors really tried to get to know me as a person. Most all my classmates were very sincere and genuine people who could give constructive criticism and positive feedback to make all of us better artists."

At the end of Dianne's senior year, one of her paintings was chosen to be one of seven 2009 purchase awards by the university. Chosen from about 250 different works, it is now on display in the Student Union. "It felt so good to get the award and leave a part of me at the school. I couldn't have asked for a better award!"

Dianne says her education at Appalachian made her who she is today. After graduation, Dianne moved from Asheville, where she did her student teaching, to her home in Raleigh. "I didn't have a job lined up and I knew the job market would be tough so I moved back in with my parents. Luck found me and I got a teaching job in the summer as a traveling art teacher with Abrakadoodle. Then I got my teaching position in Wake County at Wakefield High School."

"I feel as if I am a great teacher who can really connect with students just as my professors did. Vicky Grube, my advisor, helped prepare me by being so positive and believing in me. She was a great influence on how I am as a teacher. The only thing that I was not prepared for was classroom and behavior management. But, I feel the only way you learn that is by just practicing! I don't think you can learn that easily without experiencing it!"

Last year, Dianne was head of the art club at Wakefield Middle where they completed a large mural for the school. Three of her middle school students had artwork published in an art book and many of her middle and high school students showed work in exhibitions in Raleigh and Wake Forest.

Dianne is starting her second year in Wake County as one of three art teachers at Wakefield High School and the only art teacher at Wakefield Middle School. When she isn't teaching Dianne works on her own artwork. She is currently putting together work for an October art show.

September 2011

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