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Kelsey Dierdorff

Kelsey Dierdorff
Kelsey Dierdorff
Teacher/Innovation & Academic Technology Coordinator
Phone: 770-686-4585
Groups: Middle School,Upper School
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Innovation and Academic Technology Coordinator


M.Ed., Middle Grades Social Studies, Kennesaw State University

B.S., Middle Grades Social Studies and Language Arts, Kennesaw State University

Why do you love teaching?

I love teaching because it's about the ah-ha moments, laughter, sincerity, the unexpected that keeps me on my toes. It's being able to adjust at the drop of a hat, being there for students when they need someone to listen to them, and experiencing a student discovering their own talents and gifts that God has specifically designed for them. I love teaching because it's amazing to see each individual student through a glimpse of what God must see in them!

Who was the most influential teacher/coach/instructor when you were growing up? What was it about him/her that impacted you?

The most influential teacher that I had was Mrs. Jackson. I had her my senior year of high school and she was the teacher of my teacher cadet class where I had the opportunity to learn about what it was going to be like to be a teacher and was able to field experience to try to see what area of teaching I wanted to go into. Mrs. Jackson always challenged me to be the best teacher candidate that I could be. She saw potential in me that at the time I didn't even see in myself. If it wasn't for her I probably would not be teaching at the middle school level. I originally wanted to teach high school and she challenged me to take a field experience opportunity in middle school and since I took that leap of faith, I never looked back! Teaching middle school is my passion and is a perfect fit for me. To this day she and I remain in close contact and I always go and see her when I go back and visit South Carolina.

What is your favorite moment/memory as a Pisgah employee?

My fondest memory at Mount Pisgah was when a few people told me after they watched me teach a lesson that I was reaching and connecting with students in ways that they haven't been able to be reached before. That meant the world to me and reiterates why I love teaching!

What is your favorite Bible verse? 

Matthew 17:20: “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”