Mattie O Haskins Elementary School
USD 382, Pratt
Focus, dedication, and commitment–these traits are continually used by students, colleagues, and parents to describe Mrs. Diane Ladenburger. As the overseer of a “garden of children”–the definition of the German word kindergarten–Mrs. Ladenburger’s in charge of caring, nourishing, and guiding each child’s growth.
One child in particular remembers Mrs. Ladenburger’s effect on her life. “I have been hearing-impaired since I was 18 months old,” said the student. “When I started kindergarten, Mrs. Ladenburger made me feel accepted and included me in class. She took a sign language class then taught the whole class sign language…Because of Mrs. Ladenburger, I did not know I was hearing-impaired or felt like I was different from other kids.”
As an award winning teacher with 25 years of experience and active member of her community, Mrs. Ladenburger hopes she is a role model for students. “I try to plant the seeds of compassion…(I hope students) will bloom into adults willing to give their time and talents to philanthropic needs.”
Mrs. Ladenburger has taught kindergarten at Haskins Elementary for the last 12 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University and her master’s degree from Friends University.