Dinga, Paula (3rd Grade)


Welcome to my Classroom

Paula Dinga

    It's that time again, when summer draws to a close and our schedule returns to a different kind of busy! 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.

    My family includes my husband of 18 years, Todd, and my two daughters, Carly (14) and Mackenzie (10). We enjoy outdoors activities, including camping and kayaking, and are also major roller coaster enthusiasts. My parents live in Brevard part time, and one of my sisters lives in Asheville. Rocky is our lively English Shepherd, and Tiger is our "guard-cat".

     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!