Please join us in welcoming Diane Thompson, Quizlet's second business operations intern! Diane grew up in Pittsboro, North Carolina, where she attended Northwood High School. She is now a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying public policy and education. Her hobbies include binge-watching Netflix shows, eating ridiculous amounts of cheese, traveling, and doing trivia.
For the next two months, Diane will be assisting with business development and community operations initiatives. We're super happy she is here! Learn more about Diane below:
Quizlet: If you could learn to do anything, what would you learn?
Diane: I would want to learn as many languages as possible. To speak fluently with people from different cultures as a way to learn about their experiences would be awesome!
Q: Who was your most memorable teacher and why?
D: My most memorable teacher would be my high school advisor, Henry Foust. As a high school Spanish teacher, he made the class interactive and challenging, but his claim to fame in my eyes is for the experiences he taught me outside of the classroom. He played a significant part in developing my skills as a leader and as a learner.
Q: What was one thing you wish you could have changed about high school?
D: While my high school was diverse, the classrooms weren’t and I think a large part of the problem occurred from the constant tracking of students. If I could change one thing about high school I would look at ways to address the disparities between students who were in Honors and AP classes and those who were placed in different tracks.
Q: What's the most useful thing you've ever learned?
D: After bombing my first test in college, my mom said something that has stuck with me: “Sometimes you’re going to fail, and that is okay.” Learning to fail helps you recognize that sometimes you’re not going to know everything. Instead, you have to find ways to adapt, adjust, and try again.
Q: What's the most interesting article, blog or book you've read recently?
D: I just finished For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Ya’ll Too by Christopher Emdin. The book discusses what Emdin calls “reality pedagogy” and how teachers may need to modify their teaching style to better relate with their students. It highlights one of the things that I think Quizlet does best, catering to different student learning styles, with a focus on urban youth.