4th Grade

Mrs. Diane Graffagna-4th Grade

Hello, my name is Diane Graffagna. I am the fourth-grade teacher at St. Laurence School. I have been teaching at this school for the last seven years.  The best part of my job is that I get to share my faith with my students. I earned a Bachelor’s degree for Education from National Louis University. I especially love to teach Science and Social Studies, because I feel both of these subjects help students learn about the world around them. I do feel that kids learn best by being involved and creating, so I like to incorporate different projects and using technology to help them achieve that.  I cannot be more proud than when my students call me “mom” by accident, because I know then that they look to me with the same great care that I feel toward them.

I chose to teach in a Catholic school because I love to share my faith with others. I am blessed because I can teach students when an author is religious, and I am lucky enough to explain their belief in what they have written to my kids.  I also teach religion at the church I attend with my family. I strongly believe in giving back to the community, and sharing my gifts with others. In my class, we have a poster that says, “I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome!” That completely reflects my belief in the Catholic School difference. In our school your child will go further academically and socially while being part of an amazing family.

I have been married for 19 years, and am the proud mom of two children. My son, Lucas is 16, and my daughter, Megan is 14. They are uniquely different from one another, and I feel like that has enabled me to be a better teacher because I understand the diversity in learning styles from my own two children. I also have two rescued pets. A Border Collie dog named Glory and a crazy cat named Ember. Finally, I have a fish that comes to St. Laurence to help the students learn about fish during our vertebrate unit in Science. He returns again in the spring to help the students learn about pet care. The students have named him Rizzo. The name of my favorite Cub’s player.

I look forward to learning about you and your child. We are a close knit family at our school, and I would love for you and your family to be a part of it!