Dinah Franz

Posted at: 01/15/2014 10:40 PM
By: Laura Lee

(ABC 6 News) -- This weeks Excellent Educator is a fun loving social studies teacher from Byron.

Dinah Franz teaches sixth grade social studies at Byron Middle School.

"I hated it when I was a kid, I just felt like there's gotta be a way to make it interesting to make you want to study history," she says.

She found the answer in her husband, who happens to be a colonel in the Army Reserve.

"He's traveled all over the world with Mayo Clinic and with the Army so he brings me lots of stories that I can share with the kids," says Franz, "I don't ever want them to have the feeling like I did that history is boring."

How could it be, when you have her as a teacher and leopard print as part of her classroom.
"I love leopard print, I wanted to be a movie star when I was younger, and it seemed everything back then had leopard print everywhere."

And something else you can't miss in her classroom: exercising balls. She says they help her students stay fit while learning about history.

"School should be fun, we have fun, you can learn and have fun," she says.

"I love these kids, I love what we do, it means the world to me, thank you."