By: Brandon Chick, Contributing Writer
Mrs. Angela Dieckmann, previously a special education teacher at Chester Boren Middle School (CBMS) and Centralia Intermediate School (CIS), is now a special education teacher at Chance Elementary School(CES). Prior to her career in Centralia, she taught special education in Mexico, Missouri.
Dieckmann graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors of Science in Special Education. Later, she received her Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Kansas. She also received her Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Missouri State University.
Dieckmann decided to transfer to CES because she felt her certificate in Autism could be well utilized there. Her position can be challenging at times because the students are just starting to learn how to communicate with one another. Dieckmann enjoys interacting with the students through play and song.
Teaching is something Dieckmann has always wanted to do. Dieckmann said she wanted to become a teacher because, “When I was in school, my teachers made such an important impact on my life. My teachers helped me see my potential and my value. I wanted to do the same for others. Special education is important to provide every student with what they need to learn. I am lucky enough to work with a great bunch of hard-working paraprofessionals who really are heroes! I love learning with my students and coworkers every day! I believe in being an advocate for students and their families through a process that can be overwhelming. I want to make my students’ educational career meaningful and positive.”
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Steve and their six children. Steve works for Sydenstricker-Nobbe where he is the manager of the Columbia John Deere Dealership. Dieckmann has five daughters: Brittany, age 31; Kati, age 27; Mekenzie, age 25; Addison, age 10; and Paige, age 8; along with one son Derik, age 23. She has two granddaughters Addalyn, age 6 and Claire, age 2, as well as a grandson, Jayden, age 3. Another grandson, Joel, is expected in February. Dieckmann enjoys going camping, boating, singing karaoke and loves to read.