Mrs. Diane Vaccaro is one of the UHS teachers who are retiring this year. Her life and stories were “very important” to her. It all started at the high school she attended, Albert Gallatin Senior High School. Once she had finished high school with a perfect score on the S.A.T’s, she attended the college Penn State University, to get a teaching degree.
Mrs. Vaccaro has been teaching for 35 years, and 29 of those years were at Uniontown Area High School. As said by Diane, “I always wanted to be a teacher. I had an interest in law as well, but being a teacher was my first and favorite interest.” She always had a want to help other by teaching kids in Math courses. All math classes were her favorite classes, and she knew that is what she wanted to teach. When talking about her favorite memory from teaching here, she said “There are too many favorite memories, so I don’t really have one. I have so many wonderful memories of the students I have had the pleasure of teaching.” She loved all students she taught, and knew they were all going to be successful.
She has thought about her retirement and what she wants to do with all the free time and she commented, “I am looking forward to the leisure time, and all the benefits; getting up later, relaxing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.” Mrs. Vaccaro had this collection of pennants that she would receive from the students she taught, and which school they went to. Her comment of the collection was “I don’t really remember exactly when I stated the collection, but if I were to guess I would say at least 20 years ago. I wanted to showcase and celebrate the years of hard work the students put into and being accepted into the colleges. The pennants then inspire the current students and let them see what they can accomplish.” Mrs. Vaccaro is enjoying her last year here and everyone will miss her. Good luck to Mrs. Vaccaro’s future of retirement.