Diane (Wright) Rutherford teaches English to eleventh graders at Maryville High School in Maryville. Ms. (Wright) Rutherford agrees with the imperative need for national educational reform, and she believes that it is her responsibility to be as informed and involved as possible in the ongoing process. "I must have the vision, the will, and the commitment to stay abreast of educational issues and changes," she says. Ms. (Wright) Rutherford's determination is also fueled by her desire to give her students "every opportunity to be better prepared for further education and employment." To this end, Ms. (Wright) Rutherford would like to develop a unit of study that would count on community participation; such a program, she believes, would give her students a clearer idea of workplace expectations and possibilities. Ms. (Wright) Rutherford is as committed to her students' personal well-being as she is to their professional success. She is active in various academic and personal student support groups at her school. The concern and care she shows for her students are an essential element of a positive and motivated classroom experience.
1972 Carson-Newman College, B.A.