Diane Kasparie has been named as the newly designed Dean of Academic Services at Quincy Notre Dame High School. She will assume her new position in July and will focus on curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development.
“The QND Administration feels strongly that this position is essential for continuing our mission of excellence in the ever-changing world of education. As the curriculum and the classroom continues to evolve and change, so too must our teaching methods. Mrs. Kasparie will be providing professional development for our teachers to strengthen methodology and assessment with a more in-depth focus on 1:1 learning in the standards-based classroom,” states Principal Mark McDowell. “This position will also allow more data-driven analysis in growth areas indicated by ACT scores, driving our curriculum forward and ensuring that our students have the educational opportunities they need and deserve to be successful.”
Kasparie has a Masters of Education degree in curriculum and instruction and brings with her more than 30 years of classroom experience, preschool through college. She has taught in the Quincy Catholic schools and in higher education. She has played an integral role in developing and fostering the 1:1 learning initiative with iPads implemented two years ago at QND. Kasparie is also a certified trainer providing professional development to educators locally and across the country. She has been a presenter at regional, state and national conferences focusing on curriculum and technology.
“As a veteran educator and trainer in an ever-changing field, I have seen fellow educators all across the country try to keep up with new methodology, advancing pedagogy and rapidly changing technologies. Classroom teachers crave professional development that will give them the techniques for using new technologies effectively and creatively in their own curricula,” states Kasparie.
Kasparie has been involved as a volunteer for the Quincy Community Theatre, teacher advisor for the Kiwanis Builders Club, Junior Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout leader. She is a member of the Illinois Science Teachers Association and the National Science Teachers Association.