"I like getting to know the younger people, the younger generation. I feel like that brings me a lot of insight," says Diana Palmer. She's training future wizards of finance and giants of industry at Headland High School. Her business education courses are electives that attract loads of students.
"If you want any kind of course with computers this is the stuff you need to know. We've already learned how to do stuff with power point and making presentations that can be real helpful in any kind of business situation," says 12th grader Matthew Bostick.
Palmer's goal is to equip her students with entry level job skills by the time they leave her class. Even though she knows many of them will continue their education in college. "But when they leave from my program after having all of our classes. I want them to be able to have a job and to use those skills in our field," she says.
Students say Palmer's business classes may give them an advantage in the job market. They also feel they profit from her genuine concern toward students. "She makes a point to get to know us and she makes a point to say, 'well I hope you have a better day and I hope you do well on such and such and such and such.' and we can talk to her about anything. If we have a problem we can go to her," says 12th grader Meagan LeMacks.
Last year Palmer was Headland High's teacher of the year. She sponsors the school's Future Business Leaders of America Club; and holds office in the Henry County Education Association.