At a Westmoreland Intermediate Unit regular board meeting, Tuesday, September 27, Dr. Matt Thomas (WIU Student Services Director) presented Ms. Diane Huff (Westmoreland County Youth Shelter) the Outstanding Paraeducator Award for the 2021-2022 school year. The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit Board of Directors, Administrative Team, and colleagues congratulated Diane on this remarkable accomplishment by presenting her with flowers and a gift!
Dr. Matt Thomas acknowledged Diane stating, “Diane taught me a lot about empathy by looking into every student’s ability and not ‘checking at the door’ what we see in terms of behaviors. Diana implemented it several years ago and has recently resurrected, through fundraising, a guitar program at the youth shelter. This is a person that really pours her heart and soul into the students that she works with!”
Ms. Diana Huff gave a speech: “A lot of what Dr. Matt said could have been applied to a lot of paraprofessionals, I just happen to be the one here right now. Empathy, and caring about your students are all important as well as being flexible with them. And what I have appreciated over the years with administration and teachers are very supportive of my ideas allowing me to use my talents and my skills to work in the classroom and that is appreciated when that door is open. It is a team, and I am here representing it. Thank you all, I appreciate being acknowledged!”
Pictured left to right: Mr. Michael Picarsic (WIU Board President)
Ms. Diane Huff (Award Recipient) & Dr. Jason Conway (WIU Executive Director)