Mrs. Diane C. Merenda Connections Teacher
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About Me

Mrs. Diane C. Merenda

  • Connections Teacher, Diane Merenda

First Year at Oak Lawn Hometown Schools:



  • B.A.: French Major - Elementary Education & Social Studies Minor - Saint Xavier College
  • M. Ed.: Reading - Saint Xavier University

Work Experience:

  • Oak Lawn-Hometown School District #123 since 1994
  • Declamation Coach
  • Technology Team Member - 8 years
  • Educational Product Development/Editor - 1978 to 1990
  • Commercial Insurance Customer Service - 1990 to 1994

Awards, Honors, & Certifications:

  • Technology Mini-Grant Winner - 1999
  • iSafe Internet Safety Education Certification - 2005
  • Disney's American Teacher Award Winner - 2009


French - Social Studies - Reading - Technology


Bonjour mes amis ... I hope you enjoy this poem entitled ...


• I am from knotty pine paneling, white cotton sheets, and fireplaces burning.

• I am from the big swing on the porch.

• I am from opening Christmas presents on Christmas Eve and eating fresh polish sausage with horseradish on Easter.

• I am from Christmas fruitcake, homemade apple slice, and toast with cinnamon sugar for dessert.

• I am from going to church every Sunday and hearing church bells ringing on the hour.

• I am from hearing musical albums on the stereo.

• I am from a conservative background.

• I am from keeping things in perspective and being grateful.

• I am from watching I Love Lucy, Leave it to Beaver, My Three Sons, Garfield Goose, and Bonanza.

• Now I am from ducks, ponds and chalets.

• Now I am from power walking with friends.

• Now I am from oatmeal, blueberries, watermelon, yogurt, pasta with ricotta, and fresh peaches from my backyard.

• Now I am from Vivaldi and Andrea Bocelli music in the background.

• Now I am from being called grand-mère ... my greatest honor and joy in life.