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Ms. Diane Kelt - February 2017

It is my joy preparing hands-on activities that develop a love for learning in my young students. It is a privilege to watch their interests and skills grow throughout the year. I also teach computer coding and world geography as after school enrichment courses.

This is my third year teaching at NTLA. Previously, I taught for ten years at Oak Hill Academy in Dallas and for two years at Hill School in Fort Worth. I am blessed to have three sons, Jacob, Joshua, and Jonah. They, along with my mom, are the joy of my life.

I enjoy the opportunity to travel and experience other parts of the world and cultures. This past summer I journeyed with Project Nayme Nsa, which means “God’s Helping Hands,” to Ghana, Africa. The primary purpose of the trip was to participate in the dedication of the Village of Hope orphanage. Along with my best friend, Cari, I also set up a classroom for the children living there. Prior to our trip, I learned that the school where the Village of Hope students would be attending did not have clean water for them to drink. When we arrived, we toured the school and helped dedicate a water well donated by Project Nayme Nsa.

Our group also visited a remote village that had received a water well about five years ago. We received a warm welcome from the entire village complete with dancing and music. We also toured the Elmina Castle, which served as first European slave trading post for the horrific slave trade industry from 1482-1814. Lastly, we crossed several swinging bridges to take in the majesty of Kakum National Park’s primeval rain forest in southern Ghana.

Thank you allowing me to share about myself and to express my appreciation for the blessing of being a part of the NTLA family.

Ms. Kelt holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Radford University and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She enjoys using her creativity, as well as the joy she finds in teaching, to make learning come alive for her students. She is committed to encouraging her students on the path of becoming lifelong learners.