PIQUA — Diane Fox, science teacher at Piqua Junior High School, has been named the 2016-17 Piqua City School District Teacher of the Year. Fox, who has been employed by the district since 1995, was presented the title at 8 a.m. Tuesday by Superintendent Rick Hanes, along with Piqua City School District Board President Frank Patrizio and 2015-16 Teacher of the Year Pam George.
“I am deeply humbled by this honor. I work with an amazing staff at PJHS and for a great district,” Fox said. “Piqua has many outstanding teachers. I look forward to representing Piqua City Schools next year as the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year.”
Fellow staff members, who nominated Fox, had the following comments:
• “Diane Fox is a total team player for the Piqua City School District. In the building, she not only teaches eighth grade science, but helps students create the daily news. She is a member of the collaborative leadership team, heads the TBT sessions for the science department, and volunteers her time to help with Science Olympiad events. When staff members have trouble in the area of technology, they go to Diane for help. Outside of the building, she is a member of the District LPDC team, leader for TESA, has been a RESA mentor for the past four years, proctor for the ACT, and helps create and run events for the Regional Science Olympiad.”
• “Diane’s dedication to Piqua Junior High School and Piqua City School District is immeasurable. I truly believe her dedication to this district should be recognized and what better way than by being named Outstanding Educator for PJHS and Teacher of the Year for Piqua City Schools.”
Fox earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wright State University. She began her career in the Perrysburg City School District. She also worked for Vandalia City Schools before coming to Piqua.
She and her husband, Chip, are the parents of two grown sons.