10 questions with

Diane Neal


What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
The best thing by far is getting to meet and interact with all of the great students here at Bluffton.

What age were you when you first discovered that you wanted to be a teacher?
I was a junior in high school and one of my teachers planted the seed by saying that he thought I would be a good teacher. He helped me see qualities I didn't know I had.

What is your favorite subject to teach, and why?Diane Neal
Children's literature is probably my favorite because it is the perfect combination of my two areas of expertise: reading and visual art.

Where is your favorite place/ season/ event on Bluffton's campus?
I'd have to say I have the best memories of Founders Gym because of all of the basketball games I have attended over the past 20 years – especially when the student section on the stage is in full force.

Who were your favorite teachers in high school and middle school?
I had some outstanding English teachers who worked us hard, really challenged our thinking and had high expectations. They were not so concerned with being a friend to their students, but making sure that we understood the material.

What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy reading, gardening and working on gourd craft and folk art painting.

What was the first job you ever had?
The first non-teaching job I had was working in a pizza house in my hometown.

What kinds of activities did you participate in when you attended college?
I was an art major, so I didn't have a lot of extra time for activities outside the studio, but I played intramural softball, was an officer in the education honorary group and served on a student committee for the development office.

Where is somewhere that you would like to visit?
I'd like to visit Ireland and Scotland.

What is your 'bucket list', or a couple things you would like to do before you die?
I want to write and illustrate a children's book, learn to sing, have my own art studio, and travel to Ireland and Scotland and on the back roads of the US.