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Diane Lippold

We remember WHEN Diane Lippold was an involved parent, turned teaching assistant, and she remembers a lot more! Catch up with her life since retirement in 2012 below.

Can you start by telling us the details of your career in District 25?

Diane Lippold began her career in District 25 as a dedicated and involved PTA parent at Patton and then Thomas. Lippold loved this district so much that after her children graduated Thomas, she applied for a part time teaching assistant job at Windsor in special education.

“Special education was a different world back then,” Lippold said. “Teaching assistants were allowed to fill in for the teacher. There were not as many regulations as there are today. Though sometimes, change is for the better.

Lippold eventually became a full time teaching assistant and she stayed at Windsor until she retired in 2012.

“The reason I went to work for District 25 for 28 years was my years of volunteering in the PTA at Patton and Thomas,” Lippold said. “I loved being a TA because I was able to work with so many teachers at Windsor. You have to really know how to blend with each one.”

What is your fondest memory of working in D25?

Mrs. Lippold’s fondest memory of working in District 25 was being a chameleon at Windsor.

I loved working in all of the different rooms at Windsor, with all of the different teachers. I was always working close with kids all over the school, pulling them out of different classrooms. Everyday was different. I enjoyed knowing how each classroom that I pushed into functioned; I enjoyed adapting to each one.

Finish this sentence: “I remember when…”

I remember when…Windsor was having their first addition put on and it wasn’t ready for us to come back to school in August. We ended up teaching at Forest View High School through November. We taught in classrooms that were being used for night school at Forest View, so every day we had to put everything back that we had used that day, and every morning we had to take everything out again.

Teachers did like the hot lunch at Forest View that came from a real kitchen! They had pretty good lunches there.

What have you been up to since retiring?

I currently volunteer one day a week at Windsor in Amy Pinski’s room. A great benefit of retirement is that I am able to travel whenever I want to. I traveled to just outside of London to see my sister. I went to Japan with my daughter and her husband’s family. I am leaving in March to go to San Antonio to visit my daughter.

I am really enjoying retirement. I love that I am able to go to lunch with friends and now I have time to not cram stuff all into the weekend.

I take care of my parents by taking them to doctors appointments and on different errands. I scrapbook and of course, go shopping.

What did you enjoy most about working in D25?

I really enjoyed seeing what my daughter was going through in school. I loved knowing the teachers, the curriculum, and knowing the principals of the school district. It helps to be an informed parent.

I am old school. I come from the belief that the teachers are the teachers and they know what’s best. I loved working in District 25 because I was able to see, from the inside, what strengths all the different teachers brought to their students.

I’ve been nothing but happy with all of the things I was in contact with at District 25. I met my best friends through my job, and that is something that is invaluable.

How’s the fam…?

I have two daughters. One daughter went to Patton, Thomas and then Hersey. After college, she became a zookeeper. She loved her job. She was a zookeeper in Duluth, Houston, Santa Anna, and Los Angeles. She had her two kids and then decided to stay at home with them. Believe it or not, she most recently took a job as a TA in special education.

My two grandchildren are eleven and nine years old.

I also have a disabled daughter who lives at home and is in a day training program. She just turned 40. 

Any message to the Arlington Heights community?

I will never move from Arlington Heights. We actually own a house in Texas, and we are putting it up for sale because we want to stay here. We were lucky to move into this community. Arlington Heights, keep up the good work, we love living here!

Adam Harris