Dinga, Paula (3rd Grade)

Mrs. Dinga

Welcome to Our Classroom!

Paula Dinga

    It's that time again, when summer draws to a close and our schedule returns to a different kind of busy! This year is a new year of new challenges and experiences, and together we will navigate them and make history! If you're anything like me, you're ready to get back to routine, though. I am looking forward to meeting a new group of enthusiastic students and begin the exciting journey of third grade. 

    As for my background, I am a graduate of Indiana University with a Political Science degree, and I received my Master's of Education from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. I recently transferred from Glen Arden Elementary, where I taught fourth grade for eight years. Prior to that, I taught in a first and second grade classroom for children learning English as a second language, 2nd grade for five years, and as a Writing specialist for one year before moving here to North Carolina.

    I have two daughters, Carly, a TCR graduate in her 4th year at UNC at Chapel Hill, and Mackenzie, a rising senior at TC Roberson. We enjoy outdoors activities, including camping and kayaking, and are also major theme park enthusiasts. My parents live with me now,  and I have two sisters. 

     My classroom is a place of discovery, and I want each student to enjoy learning and feel safe to come to school and reach for his or her goals. Please take a moment to check out my "This I Believe" link, which is a work in progress and draws upon my experience as a teacher and a parent.

    The success of our classroom and school depends largely on team approach between families and myself. I hope you always know that I am listening and want your child to succeed, wherever their skills and abilities are. I am a collaborator, and I welcome your thoughts and ideas. The door is open for you to participate in our classroom as a volunteer also, so please let me know how you want to be involved.

       I am looking forward to getting to know the Estes family and becoming a part of its rich tradition of excellence - I hope our time together is full of great learning and lots of fun!