Hello everyone! My name is Diane Buxkemper and I am the 8th grade Science teacher here at G.W. Carver Middle School. I am so grateful to have, what I believe is, the best job in the world. I have worked with middle school children and I love coming to work each day. I am excited to work with my students and parents and get to know each and every one of you better. Scroll down to learn a little bit more about me.
I grew up in Bellmead, attended and graduated from LaVega ISD. I attended McLennan Community College in Waco and received an Associate of Arts degree. I continued my education by attending and graduating from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree.
This is my 11th year teaching. This is my 6th year at Carver. I have previously taught at Brazos Middle (4 years), Brook Avenue (1 year). In total, this will be my 17th year with Waco ISD.
My Interests and Hobbies
I'm a self-proclaimed foodie. I love to experience new restaurants. I love being involved in whatever my family is doing,
I am married to Melvin who also grew up in Waco. We have two children. Our son Phillip is married to Ruby and they live in Axtell. They have 3 dogs (Molly Lou, Charley and Daisy). Our daughter Allison is married to Eric and they live in Killeen. They have 2 dogs (Scarlett and Bella). She is a High School Math teacher in Austin ISD. I love my family and my five granddogs.
Why I became a Teacher
I believe a part of me has always known that I was going to be a teacher. As I went through my academic career I looked back on the values the ideas that had been instilled in me as a kid by my school teachers, and once I realized the impact that one person had had on me, everything clicked. My godparents were teachers as is two of their three children, and several of their family members too. I believe in our future and I also believe that children are our future. I became a teacher in hopes of affecting students the way I was affected when I was young. Providing them with more then just knowledge but a basis and a respect for learning and growth and curiosity that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. I hope to do so and I can't wait to work with each and every one of my students and parents.
My Teaching Philosophy
My beliefs on teaching are short and simple - Everyone Can. I believe that if someone is willing to do something or learn or grow then everyone can accomplish, everyone can succeed, everyone can grow. It is my philosophy that what students are exposed to and develop when they're younger can have an enormous impact on the rest of their lives and it is my mission to instill in my students the belief that they too can do anything they set their mind to, and with my help I hope to guide them along that path.