Welcome to my Classroom

    J. DiFiore
    Mrs. DiFiore, BS, MALS
    National Board Certified Teacher

    National Certified English Language Learner Trainer

    I know that together we will accomplish great things this year!
    My Classroom Mission
    My mission: I will try my best to effectively teach ALL my ESL students to speak, read, write, and listen in English so they can fully function in their other academic classes.

    Student Mission: Together, we will learn and grow in English Language Proficiency. We will all grow in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing through consistent practice and interaction with each other. We will learn, accept and respect each other for our differences and strive to become more knowledgeable of each others cultures.
    About Me
    My name is Mrs. DiFiore and this is my 14th year teaching in the Iredell-Statesville School System. I began my teaching career in ESL at West Middle and West High. I have taught at East Middle, Statesville Middle, Cool Springs Elementary and East Elementary. I am so excited to be back at West now for the fifth year in a row!! West is Best!!!
    I graduated from Statesville High School, received my undergraduate degree from Appalachian State and my masters degree from Wake Forest University.
    I am married to Steve DiFiore and we have five children: Steven, Nick, Courtney, Mackenzy and Isabella. I also have a beautiful daughter-in-law, Kayoua Lee. Mackenzy and Isabella are enrolled in I-SS and the others are grown up and out on their own. We also have two sweet dogs named Lizzy and Nala. 
    I love to travel and have traveled in Japan, nine countries in Europe and backpacked for two months in Australia. I have also visited about every state in the USA while on vacation with my family and as a summer student intern with the Thomas Nelson Publishing Company while in college.
    Before becoming an ESL public school teacher, I taught English to students and adults in Fukuoka, Japan for two years and spent a ski season as a children's ski instructor at an international ski school in Leysin, Switzerland.
    I am active in my church, a Mary Kay consultant, dabble in essential oils, Co-Coach Varsity Volleyball, a former Zumba Instructor and competition dancer in Jazz and Tap.


    Teaching Certification in English as a Second Language, June 2006
         Lenoir-Rhyne College
         Hickory, North Carolina

    Masters of Art in Liberal Studies (MALS), August 2001

         Wake Forest University
         Winston-Salem, North Carolina
         Thesis - A Look at Traditional Instructional Practices and Online Learning Model

     Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management, August 1994

         Major: Commercial Recreation Management

         Minor:  Business Management
         Appalachian State University
         Boone, North Carolina
Last Modified on November 28, 2018