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December 3, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: She mentors student performers

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“I was a painfully shy child, so I was surprised to be led to teach speech,” Diane King says. “It’s fun to look back on the string of events that brought me here.”
I think we do need new people to move in, but we must maintain the small-town feel. Fauquier County does a great job of building community. You can find community through your churches and schools. Fresta Valley is a family itself. We need to keep those traditions that build community in Warrenton like the Fourth of July parade and Gumdrop Square. This is how we can keep the small town feel while including new people.
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Faithful, humble and passionate, she encourages students to perform in theatre and speech competitions.

As a high school faculty member at Fresta Valley Christian School northwest of Warrenton, Diane King teaches a little bit of everything, from yearbook to speech and algebra.

After classes, Mrs. King coaches the only junior high and high school competitive speech teams in Fauquier County and directs the drama club.

She embraces “the opportunity to give kids skills that can impact their future success, and even change their lives . . . . I’m honored to be able to introduce these opportunities (speech and drama) to kids.”

Her students stage two productions a year. In 11 years of teaching at Fresta Valley, Mrs. King has directed about 15 school plays.

“My favorite play is the one I’m working on now, the spring musical, ‘Annie Warbucks’,” she said.

She also attends as many theater performances as possible at every school in the county throughout the year.

Mrs. King remains optimistic about Fauquier’s future.

“We need to keep those traditions that build community in Warrenton, like the Fourth of July parade and Gumdrop Square. This is how we can keep the small town feel while including new people,” she said. “The county has done a lot, but we need to continue to provide activities for teenagers outside of school.”

Fresta Valley Christian School has 198 students from preschool through 12th grade.

“What’s unique about Fresta Valley is alumni want to come back and help,” Mrs. King said. “They will play in the orchestra pit for plays, help with costumes and more. Kids value what they get here and want to give back.”

• Age
54

• Home
Midland

• Work
High school teacher at Fresta Valley Christian School on Wilson Road, northwest of Warrenton. She teaches core classes: Algebra II, Bible, Yearbook, SAT Prep and College/Career and Introduction to Speech. She also coaches the junior high and high school competitive speech teams and directs the drama club. Previously a Creative Memories scrapbooking consultant for 17 years.

• Why do you do the job?
For the opportunity to give kids skills that can impact their future success, and even change their lives.

I love math! It’s so exciting to see order in mathematics related to Galileo’s quote, “Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the Universe.” People often say I teach from the left and right side of the brain.

I have also taught 12 years of summer drama camps. I have seen kids blossom when they never thought they could speak. I’m honored to be able to introduce these opportunities (speech and drama) to kids. I was a painfully shy child, so I was surprised to be led to teach speech. It’s fun to look back on the string of events that brought me here. God can do anything with anybody.

• Family
Husband, Ron, a pilot for FedEx; children, Rebecca, 26 and husband William Keller, Danny, 24, David, 18, and Dori, 16; granddaughter, Essie.

• Education
Bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, with minor in early childhood education, from Messiah College, 1982; master’s in counseling psychology, Frostburg State University, 1986.

• Church and civic involvement

Member of Grace Bible Church in Marshall. Volunteer director for summer drama camps through Fresta Valley and Hope Christian Fellowship Church. Previously taught vacation Bible school and helped with Fauquier FISH.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 1988. Twenty-six years.

• Why do you live here?

Because it’s the most beautiful place on Earth. My husband, as a pilot, could live anywhere, but we choose to live here. Family keeps us here.

• How do you describe this county?

I like that it’s a small community, country and close to the city. I love that I can go into a store and see someone I know every day!

• What would you change about Fauquier?

I think we do need new people to move in, but we must maintain the small-town feel. Fauquier County does a great job of building community. You can find community through your churches and schools. Fresta Valley is a family itself.
We need to keep those traditions that build community in Warrenton like the Fourth of July parade and Gumdrop Square. This is how we can keep the small town feel while including new people.

The county has done a lot, but we need to continue to provide activities for teenagers outside of school.

• What do you do for fun?
I try to attend all of the plays at all of the schools in the county throughout the year and all of the Fauquier Community Theatre plays. I go to as many as possible. I go to my own children’s sports and music activities and spend time with my granddaughter.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?

My drive on country roads from Midland to Marshall. Wilson Road is beautiful.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
Hopefully have the same hometown feel, with even more events that foster community.

• Favorite TV show?
The countdown to Christmas shows on the Hallmark Channel.

• Favorite movie?
Old musicals.

• Favorite book?
Scripts for my high school drama club or speech team.

• Favorite vacation spot?

A few years ago we hiked through the Virgin River in Zion National Park in Utah. Our vacations are always educational. I love any national park.

• Favorite food?
Anything that anyone else cooks.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
It relates to me teaching here, Mahatma Gandhi’s quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” God used my husband and me here at Fresta Valley to bring more opportunities and bring that change to develop the junior and high school robotics club, drama club and speech team.

• Who’s your hero and why?

Donna Bloom who started Fresta Valley in the mid-1970s. She followed the Lord’s leading to start this school and she believes so strongly in prayer.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?

I would give it to Fresta Valley to keep the building project going. We are trying to build a gym, a stage and more classrooms.

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