WITN's Teacher of the Week is Diane Rufino from John Paul II Catholic High School in Greenville.
Diane Rufino is a scientist, teacher, college counselor, attorney, and a writer. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and her Masters degree in Pathology from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. After working in the field of science for several years, she returned to school (Seton Hall Law School) for her law degree. When the state suffered an economic downturn, the pharmaceutical company where Diane worked as an attorney moved its legal department to New Jersey and she decided to change careers once again. She went back to school for her Masters in Education and now teaches Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and AP US Government & Politics at John Paul II Catholic High School in Greenville. She also serves as the school’s College Counselor. In her spare time, Diane enjoys writing articles which are published in Beaufort County Now and with other outlets.
The person who nominated her wrote: “I would like to nominate Mrs. Diane Rufino of John Paul II Catholic High school for teacher of the week. I have recently graduated, and looking back on my high school experience; I could not help but recognize the influence Mrs. Rufino has played in my education and growth as a person. Mrs. Rufino is an ivy league graduate, with multiple science degrees, a masters in teaching, as well as a law degree. She is humble about all of her accomplishments, although she is easily one of the most educated people I know, she never places herself above anyone, not even students. Everything is open for discussion, and everyone is invited to join in. She is a woman, who has taken on many fields that are categorically male dominated. Daily, I am inspired by her example to embrace all the gifts we have and live to my fullest potential in a fast pasted and changing world. Although she is only 4 feet 11 inches tall, Mr.Rufino challenges the world and her students by example. She is an active citizen, began a Tea Party here in Greenville, NC ; and recognizes her duty as a citizen to stay well informed and inform others of their rights. In all, it has been my absolute honor and privilege be taught by her, and I believe she should be recognized. “