Meet Redeemer Lutheran School's New Director: Diane Frusco
The North Plainfield resident began teaching at the school in 1985.
While she is a familiar face at Redeemer Lutheran School, Diane Frusco has taken on a new position. The longtime teacher has been named the school's director following the retirement of former principal Al Tagliabue.
Patch recently had a chance to interview Frusco, who looks forward to spreading the word about the school which serves children in preschool through grade six.
You mentioned you've been at the school as a teacher since 1985, were you hoping to one day serve as the school's director?
Being the director of Redeemer Lutheran School was something I never imagined. I have enjoyed serving the church and school families for so many years, and this opportunity allows me to continue to do that in a new and exciting way. I will serve as director part-time and continue teaching the rest of the day, and I look forward to working with the students and parents in this new school year ahead.
Will you make any changes regarding the way the school runs or incorporate any new programs?
Part of the charm of Redeemer Lutheran School is in our cozy familiarity—as much as times change, we have remained a constant in this area for so many years. So in that regard, things will not change greatly. We will continue to run our regular programs for preschool age 2 ½ through elementary, as well as our extended enrichment programs for early childhood and after school kids clubs.
Also, our wrap-around programs of early morning and afternoon extended care will continue to be available. Our extended care, enrichment programs and Kids Clubs are open to all students of the community and the area, not just our own students. We are always re-evaluating our programs and opening up to new ideas. For the 2012-2013 school year, we are planning to launch a new indoor gross-motor play room to accommodate our students’ needs!
What do you think sets Redeemer apart from other schools in the area?
Redeemer Lutheran School has a strong, balanced commitment, both to academic learning and to the Christian principles we teach. We teach to the whole child—body, mind, and spirit. Our accredited program is strong and solid, our teachers and staff are caring and committed, and we have a beautiful, modern facility with Computer Lab, Science Lab and Art room. In the past, we have been referred to as the ‘best kept secret in Westfield.’ We wish to break that secret and let everyone know what’s happening at Redeemer.
What do you think will be the most rewarding part of the job and the most challenging?
The most rewarding part of the job will be partnering with the parents to help all children to learn, grow, and develop the talents and abilities that God has given them. The most challenging aspect of the position will be to find new ways to get the word out that Redeemer Lutheran School grows and thrives, even in the midst of our difficult economic times.
How many students are currently enrolled?
Open enrollment continues, as we approach fifty students.
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Redeemer Lutheran School also provides summer care in our Club Summer programs. World Tour and World Tour Junior (ages 3 to 12) allow students to experience the thrill of learning about God’s World through arm-chair travel to different regions.
This summer our themes include: Oceans, the Arctic and Antarctic, London & The Olympics, and Bible Road Trip. Summer Academy is a component that gives students the chance for additional enrichment and remedial activities during the long summer months. In addition to crafts, snack, activities and outdoor play, we swim weekly at the YMCA. Our wrap-around extended care is also available, from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm each day.
Club Summer runs until Friday, August 17, and enrollment is ongoing. Call the office at 908-232-1592 for more details and to register.