Retiree Spotlight: Diana Finan

 

Diana Finan: STA Student, Alumna, Teacher, Friend

As a student, she entered St. Thomas Aquinas as Diana Lajoie in August of 1973.  Many years later, she re-entered as a member of the science faculty. And now, after 27 years, she will stepping off of Dover Point Road and into her future as a beloved STA retiree.

As the school year draws to a close, we feel our hearts cinching tighter at the farewells that will inevitably be forthcoming. We took a moment to catch up with Mrs. Finan as she prepares for the next season in her life and as we prepare to send her off with appreciation, applause, and affection. 

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I have so many memories of my time here and there are so many things that I will miss: my students, my colleagues, the whole STA community. I will miss being in the classroom, teaching science, the lightbulb moments, the laughter of my students, how they make me laugh, and how I love to make them laugh.

I have so many wonderful recollections. I cherished traveling with the St. Thomas students on school trips to Europe, to NYC (during Winterterm), and on general field trips. I loved the Fashion Show (I was a model!), Saints Taking Action Day, and serving in many different roles, including Class Moderator and Coordinator of Student Activities. The ability to stay with the same grade for all four years was very special to me. I especially enjoyed Spirit Week every year, seeing the kids at Prom when they were juniors and seniors, and then watching them celebrate their time together during senior activities including Last Blast.

One of my most favorite moments ever was when the entire science department performed at Coffeehouse in 2019.

Of all the different things, I will most miss working with the students, their spirit and their enthusiasm. I will miss the special place that STA is and the many friendships formed with my colleagues.

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If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?

To live in the moment.

Document your life’s journey.

Take care of your mind, body, and spirit.

Be willing to take risks and try something new and step outside your comfort zone rather than just being complacent.

Have a sense of humor.

Smile a lot.

Be happy.

Hopefully, enjoy the people you are with.

Be kind to one another.

Dream big and shoot for the stars!

 

And I would share this prayer:

 

Live Each Day to the Fullest

Get the most from each hour, each day,

and each age of your life.

Then you can look forward with confidence,

and back without regrets.

Be yourself...but be your best self.

Dare to be different and follow your own star.

Don't be afraid to be happy...enjoy what is beautiful.

Love with all your heart and soul.

Believe that those you love, love you.

When you are faced with decision,

make that decision as wisely as possible, then forget it.

The moment of absolute certainty never arrives.

And above all, remember that God helps those who help themselves.

Act as if everything depended on you.

And pray as if everything depended on God.


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Parting thoughts from Mrs. Finan to STA students: past present and future~

Strive to do a good deed every day.  Always be the best version of yourself.  Do things as though your parents were watching.  Live with passion and in doing so, bring joy to those around you.

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Dear Lord,

Enfold this lovely teacher into Your caring arms as she walks forward into her future and crafts new memories with those she loves. May her generosity of time and teaching be rewarded by knowing that she is deeply cherished, wonderfully loved, and forever remembered.

Saints Pride.

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Over the Years

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