Diane Kaiser has worked in the PBL School District since 2002 and is currently the fourth-grade special education teacher. Prior to teaching for PBL, she worked 16 years with the Ford-Iroquois Special Education Co-op. While working for the Co-op, Ms. Kaiser taught physically handicapped students, adapted PE, worked with learning disabled students, and was an Inclusion Facilitator.
Ms. Kaiser was born in Elgin, Illinois, and knew she wanted to become a teacher when she was in the sixth grade. She attended Crystal Lake Central High School and graduated in 1982. She headed to Illinois State University and graduated in 1986 with a degree in Physically Handicapped Education. She also received a degree in Special Education Administration from ISU. Ms. Kaiser later received a Master’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University in Educational Administration.
Ms. Kaiser has enjoyed working in the PBL school system. “I will miss being part of a team, “ said Ms. Kaiser. “I value those team members and their influences in my life.” She also mentioned Friday Dunkin’ Donuts and Coffee, Boo Beads, Fourth Grade Lunch Hour, and the Pedal Tour as fond memories of time spent with colleagues.
When asked what she would miss the least, Ms. Kaiser said, “I will not miss the paperwork or trying to meet requirements that have little to do with student success and teaching.”
After 34 years of teaching, the thing Ms. Kaiser will miss the most is connecting with the students and seeing them take pride in themselves. “I love to watch the students achieve something they struggled with for a long time and having them understand that they put in the work to accomplish the task,” Ms. Kaiser reflected.
The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District would like to recognize Ms. Kaiser for her 18 years of service and thank her for all the effort she has put into educating the students in our district. Her organization, patience, and ability to adapt lessons for individual students has made her a remarkable special education teacher and an asset to the PBL school district. We wish Ms. Kaiser many years of enjoyment in retirement and hope that she will now have more time to enjoy traveling, photography, and collecting coins.