Tiffany Diehl, Special Education Teacher for the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit’s (WIU) Greensburg Partial Program, was awarded the 2022-23 Annie Sullivan Award at the WIU’s October 24 regular board meeting.
Dr. Matt Thomas, WIU Student Services Director made the presentation and said, “The Annie Sullivan Award is in recognition of the remarkable contributions of Mrs. Tiffany Diehl, who dedicated ten years of her educational career as a classroom teacher at the Westmoreland County Youth Shelter.
What sets Mrs. Diehl apart is her inclusive approach to teaching. She tailored her daily classes to accommodate a diverse group of students, from elementary to high school age, including those with disabilities. Her unwavering dedication ensured that all her students received a solid foundation in academic skills, career readiness, and hands-on guitar skills, even in challenging circumstances.”
Diehl, who had previously taught elementary students with Autism, said “The youth shelter holds an incredibly important place in my heart because it was a huge change for me as an educator. Being able to create programs and activities that enriched these students’ lives both in and out of the classroom gave me a new passion for education.
Earning the Annie Sullivan Award isn’t about just a year in time. It’s the culmination of 24 years in the classroom, working with amazing assistants and paraeducators who strived to make every day the best it could be, even in trying circumstances. It has forced me to reflect on every group of students and every coworker and how they have shaped and changed my life. I have learned more from the children and support staff than I can ever convey.”
Named after the teacher and companion of Helen Keller, the Annie Sullivan Award celebrates Diehl as a tireless advocate, a dedicated educator, and a role model who has left an indelible mark on her students and the community.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Jason Conway (WIU Executive Director); Mrs. Tiffany Diehl (Annie Sullivan Award Recipient): and Mr. Dallas Leonard (WIU Board President).