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Get to Know: Upper School Art Teacher Diane Yu
Upper School Art Teacher Diane Yu (right) with students during lantern-making

Upper School art teacher Diane Yu has been working and living at GFS for four years. Diane received her bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in Painting and her Master of Arts in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). During her time at MICA, she served as the President of the National Art Education Association Student Chapter and received the Marcella Brenner Distinguished MAT Scholar Award. Diane is a native Korean and English speaker. Prior to joining Garrison Forest, she taught in Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery County. Diane shared with us what it is like to be a residential life faculty member at GFS--read on to learn more!  

What dorm do you live in?

Senior House. 

Favorite dorm activity, boarding tradition or weekend activity?

Although it is not an official boarding activity,  I love when students come to my apartment to have a cup of tea, talk or watch a TV show.  

What's your most important job as a residential faculty member?

My most important job as an Residential Life Faculty member is to foster a welcoming, safe and compassionate community in the dorm. 

How does teaching art at GFS prepare you for living in a dorm?

When you are teaching art, you have the opportunity to experience people connecting their hearts and minds with their hands. In doing so, you need to be willing to understand the nuances of people and provide support when challenges occur. These are the same skills needed when you are living in the dorm. By living in the dorm, you are seeing people in every stage of their emotions, not just the face they carry during the day. Much like teaching and making art, you need an understanding of the whole person.  

Favorite foods at GFS? Outside of GFS?

I love when I see baked potatoes or zucchini fritters on our dining hall menu, When I get off campus to eat, I try at every opportunity to find a Korean restaurant. I can never get sick of Korean food.  

What are your hobbies?

Watching NPR Tiny Desk Concerts on YouTube, weaving in my studio, stitching shibori patterns on my couch and making fruit salads. 

Name one thing you are excited about this year.

I am so lucky to be living with such a thoughtful and compassionate group of young women. I look forward to bridging connections and making memories together!