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Faculty Excellence

St. Paul’s will hire, develop and retain quality faculty who mentor students to achieve success and who create a culture of excellence throughout all divisions and programs.

But my true job is to take every child where they are at the beginning of the year, and build upon their strengths, to help them arrive at their true potential by the end of the year. 

Diana Koska Lower School Faculty

Diana Koska Lower School Faculty

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Diana Koska Profile

A fourth grade teacher, Diana Koska has taught at St. Paul’s since 2004, but her ties to the Lower School extend much farther, as she attended the Lower School as a student. She received a B.A. from Arizona State University and a M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Houston. Before coming to St. Paul's Diana taught for the Archdiocese of Baltimore for 9 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, walking, and traveling.

“St. Paul’s has a tremendous sense of community; it only takes moments for a child to know they belong. It is a true privilege to have been teaching here long enough to have watched my former fourth graders graduate as seniors. I still have many of their pictures in my room, so when they come to visit (and so many of them do), we all can look back and feel the invaluable connection that being part of a community like this provides.”
“After teaching and learning in the 4th grade now for 11 years, I have a solid understanding of what our students need to learn academically in order to be successful students in Middle and Upper School. But my true job is to take every child where they are at the beginning of the year, and build upon his or her strengths, supporting the areas in which the “puzzle piece” has not yet quite fit into place, and helping them to arrive at their true potential by the end of the year.
We have the responsibility to teach the whole child. We must constantly challenge ourselves in order to make sure we are nurturing our students socially and emotionally, as well as providing them with the tools they will need to be successful in life. We are empowered to change our teaching to make sure we connect with every one of our students, and this is why St. Paul’s is such a great place.”

Faculty Excellence Initiatives

  1. Initiative 1

    Retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty within all divisions of the School to support and extend the excellent academic program.
    • Capital Campaign establishes as a priority support for faculty across the career arc: Recruit, Retain, Reward from early career to end of career.
    • Expand recruitment efforts among HBCUs, at Morgan State, and attend NAIS Diversity hiring fair.
  2. Initiative 2

    Invest in professional development that enables teachers to improve their capabilities and clearly identify a path to continue their careers at St. Paul’s.
    • Preliminary capital campaign discussions focusing on fully funding a faculty professional growth program.
    • Academic Council finalized and approved a school wide Faculty Profile.
    • Capital campaign establishes as priority fully funding a faculty professional growth program.
    • Submission of grant proposal to E.E. Ford Foundation to fund instructional coaching program for Upper School teachers.
    • Creation of Academic Council task teams focusing on: Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development.
  1. Initiative 3

    Recruit faculty using traditional as well innovative techniques that ensure our access to superior candidates.