Diane DiFerdinando teaches Spanish and French. Ms. DiFerdinando received her Master’s degree from Villanova University and her Bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg College. After nineteen years of teaching, she took a sabbatical and spent eleven months studying Spanish art history and language at the University of Salamanca in Spain. This helped her attain the level of Master’s Plus 60.
Ms. DiFerdinando has seen our school undergo many changes over the course of her 35 years of teaching! Early in her career, she also briefly taught at Eastern College before fully committing to what was then called Valley Forge Junior High.
In an interview with the PTO, Ms. DiFerdinando shared the following information:
Pets – No.
Hobbies now – Going to the movies, spending time with friends, reading, scrap booking recipes, and playing Scrabble and Words with Friends. She also continues to enjoy her life long interest in learning about Spanish, French and Italian art history.
Hobbies, sports and interests when you were in middle school – Bowled in a league every Saturday from ages 8-18. Also enjoyed going to the movies quite frequently.
Interesting/little known facts or talents – From 8th grade through her junior year in high school, Ms. DiFerdinando volunteered weekly in the amputee ward of Valley Forge General Hospital (now Valley Forge Christian College) during the Vietnam war. She still stays in touch with many of the veterans whom she met during this time.
Advice for parents of middle school children – Spend as much time with them as possible. They want your time more than they want new things. Make your child feel valued by you and he/she will succeed in school and life.