As far as Pogoda is concerned, there is only one option for her students- graduation in 2021.
"We are trying to cultivate a college-going culture. This is something the district has been doing for a while now and Diane has really embraced that with her students," assistant principal Joyce Dunn said.
Mrs. Pogoda was nominated by student Felicia Anderson.
"[Graduation in] 2021; that'll be an exciting thing for us because if we don't graduate it's going to be difficult for us to lead our lives and achieve our goals," she said.
Felicia wanted to thank Mrs. Pogoda for setting goals high and opening doors for her students. She also had to open the door for us. When we got to her classroom it was locked!
Diana Pogoda took a different path to become a teacher. Her first degree was in Business.
"After I got married and had my kids, I said, you know at 38 years old I went back and got my Master's; and I was lucky enough to get a great job and I love it and I just can't even believe this. I graduated exactly 20 years to the date of my undergrad," she said.
So you see, when Mrs. Pogoda tells her kids if you work hard dreams come true, she is living proof they do.
"Things happen for a reason; and I'm just, I'm thrilled. I'm thrilled, thank you. Thank you so much! Oh my gosh this is fabulous," she exclaimed.
Diane Pogoda is a News 8 Golden Apple Award winner. Below is the letter we received from Felicia nominating her:
Dear News 8,
My Teacher Should Be A Golden Apple Award Winner Because When She sees Someone Struggling And Will Stop To Help Us One On One. She Also Is A Good Leader. She Shows Us That We Will Succeed And Be Graduates In 2021. My Teacher is A Successful Person. That Is Why She Should Get A Award.
Felicia Anderson, Fifth Grader, School No. 16