“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
Reflections on Catholic Education
I remember the day I realized I wanted to become a teacher…I was in high school volunteering in a grade one classroom. Helping six year olds learn how to read was a wonderful experience and I knew teaching was more than just a job it was a vocation. After high school I graduated from a four year university honors program in Child Development and continued on to a one year graduate teaching program where I earned a teaching certificate for kindergarten thru grade 8 with a minor in special education. I have been teaching for 23 years and each year is just as exciting and rewarding as that first year I helped out in a grade one classroom.
Over the years I have taught all grades from kindergarten to grade six and have found that children learn best when they are engaged, when the lessons are relevant and meaningful, when activities are hands-on, and when learning is challenging and fun. This knowledge has served me well across all age levels!
My daughter and I came to Mount Royal Academy in 2005. Erin began her Mount Royal career in Junior Kindergarten and is now in grade 10. I began my Mount Royal career in kindergarten and am now in grade 5. We have both found something very special at Mount Royal Academy. We (teachers and parents) are united in our faith and model our morals and values for our children. We begin every day with prayer and we talk to our students about God and how much He loves us. My favorite part of the day is recess (just like my students). To stand on our playground and watch the older students play with the younger students exemplifies how special our school really is. We are a family. - Mrs. Jackie Diebold
Jacqueline Diebold earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor and Lakehead University, Canada, in 1991 and 1993 respectively. She has taught elementary grades Kindergarten through Sixth over the past twenty-three years in Catholic schools both in Canada and the United States. During the last 12 years she has taught at Mount Royal Academy and is currently a fifth grade classroom teacher. Mrs. Diebold has lead and organized may activities outside the classroom including chess club, coaching, field day,student virtue program, curriculum development, and team leader for NAPCIS accreditation committee. Mrs. Diebold is also a Teacher Advisor at the Sophia Institute for Teachers. Mrs. Diebold is an active member in her parish, Our Lady of Fatima, in New London, NH. Jacqueline resides with her husband and daughter in Grantham, NH.