St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Mrs. Diane Simon


Education background:  I graduated from Portland High School in 1979, attended L.C.C. and W.M.U, and earned my teaching degree from M.S.U. (GO GREEN!)


Experience:  Barb Tichvon hired me back in 1994 to teach 3rd grade.  I've taught 1st and 3rd grade here ever since.

"After all these years, I still love my job!  I try to remember that every day is a new day - that each day a most wonderful gift from God.  I want these young Shamrocks to have a healthy balance of work and play and help them realize the power of prayer. "  

Contact me at (517) 647-7551 extension 114 or

Mrs. Simon Chosen as Teacher of the Week

October 6, 2011: Ionia Sentinel Standard.  Diane Simon Chosen as Teacher of the Week.

What made you want to become a teacher?:

I was inspired by a handful of people to become a teacher. Mr. Johnson was my 3rd grade teacher at Brush Street School in Portland, and I remember that he made learning fun. My older brother, Neal Hoffman, my brother-in-law, Mel Simon, my good friend, Jan Nurenberg, and Virginia Click were all role models for me - they’re masters of their craft. My husband, Mark, who supports me every step of the way, and my Mom, Renie Hoffman, who colored, played countless games of Concentration, and who instilled my love for reading before I turned 5 years old – those are the individuals who set the course for me. There have been many people over the years who helped me become a better teacher – too many to mention!

What is your favorite thing about teaching?:

We’re in a unique situation at St. Pat’s. It’s a DK-12 school, where we can watch the students grow up before our eyes. Knowing that I’m a piece of that puzzle who helps these kids grow academically, spiritually, and socially is pretty rewarding. I like my kids to know that they are good, but they can be better.

What is a lesser known fact about you?:

I’m number eight in a family of 10 kids.

Favorite Band/Musician:

Hands down, The Beatles

Favorite Movie:

“Apollo 13” (I hope civilians get to travel in space during my lifetime!)

Favorite Book:

“The Agony and the Ecstasy” by Irving Stone (story of Michealangelo’s life)

Favorite TV Show:

My favorites are quirky shows that aren’t on anymore – Lost and Northern Exposure

Favorite Place to Shop:

Barnes and Noble and IKEA

Favorite Website:

I’m a weather geek, so it’s

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