Meet the Teacher

Hello!! My name is Mrs. Diane Smith.  I will be teaching Health classes to our K to 5th grade students this year! I am very happy to be returning to the ASPIRA family after being away for 4 years.  Previously, I taught PE and Health classes from LAAA's second year, 2012, until 2016.  Prior to that, I was a parent who loved to help all of our students enjoy recess.  I am an advocate of quality play time for children of all ages.  As a Health teacher and Mindful Educator, I believe our students benefit most when they realize that they are responsible for their own health and well being.  Raising their awareness to identifying emotions, and giving them the tools to calm, center, and focus their minds is a skill that they will carry with them for a lifetime.  I live in Newark with my husband, my two teenage daughters, and my wise mother who is 92 years old now!  I also have two older daughters making a life on their own and I now have 2 grandchildren!!!