Mrs. Dianne Binger
Email Address: dBinger@stcharleshartland.org
Best to Reach: Before and after school
I have lived in Wisconsin my whole life. I was born in Neenah and my family later moved to Beaver Dam. I am the oldest of three children. I attended Catholic grade school through 6th grade. I graduated second in my class from Beaver Dam High School. I entered Carroll College in Waukesha ready to work toward my goal of becoming a teacher. I completed a double major – K-8 Elementary Education and K-12 Professional Art Education. I also hold a Masters Degree in Education from Mount Mary College.
For as long as I can remember I wanted to teach. I was the neighborhood kid who held school on her front porch for all of the children in the neighborhood. At the end of the school year my teacher always sent me home with lots of worksheets for my ‘summer students.’ I love learning new things and I think that’s why I love teaching children. I want to help them see that learning is the key to a happy life no matter how old you are.
I began my career at St. Paul’s Catholic School in Genesee Depot teaching 6th grade. From there I moved to St. Mary’s in Waukesha where I also taught 6th grade. Later that same year my daughter was born and I took some time off to be a stay-at-home mom. I missed teaching so I decided to do some volunteer work. I approached the principal at St. Charles (then my parish) and asked if I could help out by teaching art to grades 1-4. I did that for two years. I also taught art for Project Create (through Carroll College). I did that on weekends and during the summer. Soon I went back to teaching full time. I taught second grade at Hillel Academy in Glendale for two years. Next I came to St. Charles where I have been ever since. I began teaching 5th grade and now teach 1st grade, as well as art to Kindergarten through 5th grade.
I love this school. It is where we chose to send our daughter. I have always been proud of the education children receive at St. Charles – both academically, spiritually, and morally. Teaching in a Catholic school is very important to me as I feel very fortunate to work where my faith can be a part of each day.
My other passion has always been art. I love to draw, paint, and create in many different mediums. I make jewelry and weave baskets. I enjoy photography – especially taking pictures on our trips. I learned how to create stained glass. I also love to garden and play with color in my flowers. I love music, plays and enjoy attending concerts. I love traveling. One of my favorite places to visit is Ireland. My husband and I have been there three times and look forward to going again soon. Another highlight of my travels was visiting Monet’s home in Giverny outside of Paris. What a beautiful setting for some of the most beautiful paintings in the world! I enjoy hiking in our national parks. I especially enjoy visiting my daughter and her husband in Boston.
I now have four grown step-children. So far we have been blessed with nine beautiful grandchildren! We enjoy spending time together as a family celebrating birthdays and holidays. I am proud that some of my grandchildren attended St. Charles School and that I had the opportunity to be their first grade teacher. That was really special!
My husband and I enjoy walking and playing with our lively dog, a soft-coated wheaten terrier named Rosalea.
I am the vine, and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit: for you can do nothing without me. John 15:5