MONARCH — The Monarch Elementary School Teacher of the Year for 2015 is a veteran educator who has spent more than 30 years enriching the lives of her students.
In a statement released this week, MES stated that it “is proud to announce that Mrs. Diane Drum has been selected as the 2015-2016 Teacher of Year. Faculty members selected Mrs. Drum based on her many qualities as a teacher, leader, and community member. Mrs. Drum is a graduate of Union High School, earned an Associates of Arts in Education from University of South Carolina-Union, and an Education Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina.”
The announcement stated that “Mrs. Drum has been serving children of Union County for over thirty-one years. She currently enriches the lives of 4K students by providing loving, caring, and enriching lessons that will prepare them to become 21st Century Prepared graduates. Prior to teaching 4K, Mrs. Drum enhanced the lives of first and second grade students. Teaching during a regular school year was often not enough for Mrs. Drum, so she taught summer school for over ten years at Monarch, Foster Park, Buffalo, Jonesville, and Sims Middle School.”
It further states that “Mrs. Drum is known for her dependability, quiet calm ways, and gentle approach to teaching. She arrives early to ensure that each day is magical and the needs of her students are met. After school, Mrs. Drum often stays to reflect on lessons taught and makes adjustments when needed. She truly cares about her students and goes above and beyond teaching standards. She is a Monarch Star Maker. Students in her class feel valued for their individuality and creativity. Her goal is to bring out the best in each and every student.”
In addition to being an educator, the press release states that Drum “is married to fellow educator, Terry Drum. They have two daughters: Foster Park Elementary teacher, Barclay Arciniega and nurse, Rebecca Stanley. Life wouldn’t be complete without grandson and Monarch student, Jack Arciniega.”
It further states that “Mrs. Drum is a long-standing PTO member and once served as vice-president and president. She has served on the Leadership Board, Exemplary Writing Committee, School Improvement Committee, and helped with many preschool screening clinics. For many years, Mrs. Drum volunteered for the Union County High School Soccer program organizing camps, chaperoning events, and helping enhance player’s experiences on and off the soccer field.”
Mrs. Drum’s achievements also include recognition “for being a member of Who’s Who in American Education, and was chosen as an educator who greatly influenced students’ academic success.”
When not teaching, the press states “Mrs. Drum enjoys traveling, reading, walking, cross stitching, and spending time with her family.”
Monarch Elementary School Principal Mrs. Anita Maness said that “Mrs. Drum is a fabulous teacher! She is the first teacher our parents and pre-k students see, and she establishes the family atmosphere we value here at MES. Our school is honored to have her on our staff.”
This story was submitted by Monarch Elementary School.