How do you say “inspiring” in French? Ask Bishop Noll Institute French teacher Diane Wilson and she could not only translate the word for you, but also show you what it means to inspire others.
Wilson was recently selected as Secondary Teacher of the Year by her fellow Indiana members of the American Association of Teachers of French.
Wilson said she felt shock and gratitude to find out she won.
“I’m honored and humbled to think that my colleagues chose me. I had no idea I was even being considered,” said Wilson, who has taught French at Bishop Noll for seven years.
Wilson will accept the award in November during the annual Indiana Foreign Language Teacher Association conference.
Receiving this award also qualifies her to apply for Indiana Foreign Language Teacher of the Year and the winner of that award will be announced during the conference.
“Diane really puts forth her energies to make our French program the best,” said Noll Principal Lorenza Jara Pastrick. “She regularly works with our French partner schools in organizing cultural experiences across countries. I'm thankful that her extra energies were noticed by the American Association of Teachers of French.”
Teaching means a lot to Wilson, who enjoys the students and opportunities they have as a result of studying French.
“When they’re successful, it makes me happy,” Wilson said. The French program and other world languages at Bishop Noll offer a myriad of opportunities including study abroad.
“They are totally aligned with Noll’s mission to prepare students mind, body and soul.”
Bishop Noll Institute, a diverse, Catholic college preparatory school, offers world language classes in French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. For more information on the school and how to become a Bishop Noll student, visit bishopnoll.org or call (219) 932-9058.