Grant says Farewell to SHS for two yearsTuesday, May 22, 2012 By Stephen Babbitt
Diane Grant, SHS English teacher, is leaving for two years to teach at a private school in Escazu, Costa Rica. Grant has been teaching at Stevens High School since 1999 and before that taught English in Germany. Germany, United States and Costa Rica, three different coutries Grant will teach at and hopefully spreads her knowledge throughout. “I like the kids and the staff [at Stevens], also because my kids graduated here,” Grant said. One of the challenges Grant faced as a teacher of a big high school was finding a balance between high expectations and being realistic as a teacher. Grant believes students should be challenged to be prepared for college, but she recognizes that there is a enormous learning curve so she tries to cushion the students grade as much as possible. "Test grades should reflect what a student learned, but not their whole grade, and I will try to follow that when I'm teaching in Costa Rica." Grant said. Grant also hopes that being in Costa Rica will expand her horizons and give her more experience. Although she will be teaching at a private school, parts in Costa Rica are very impoverished and Grant hopes to witness these areas. "I hope I will be able to help and benefit to the comunity I live in," Grant said. Grant hopes that along with being warm and close to the ocean she will be able to spread her knowledge to students in Costa Rica.