Meet Dan Diehl, Principal
Most people think I’m crazy when I tell them that I am a middle school principal. Do you remember your time in middle school? Many adults I know have either mentally blocked out their own middle school memories, or can recall crazy stories of swirlies, detention, and awkward gym shorts. However, I had a great middle school experience and it is my passion to make middle school a phenomenal journey for each and every child who comes through the doors at Sycamore Springs.
The fact is, I am crazy ... about working with middle school students. I started my teaching career in 1994 at Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas. At the end of my first year of teaching, my beautiful wife, Amie, was transferred with her job to Long Beach, Calif. It was during a long-term substitute job at Long Beach Jordan High School, that I received a call to come teach at Franklin Middle School as a sixth-grade science and math teacher. It didn’t take long to realize that middle school was a perfect fit for me. After seven years in the classroom, I started my career as an administrator on Sept. 11, 2001. For three years I served as an Assistant Principal in the Capistrano Unified School District in sunny Southern Orange County, Calif. In 2004, Newport-Mesa Unified School District took a chance on hiring a new guy when they named me as Principal of TeWinkle Middle School in Costa Mesa, Calif. During my first principalship, I learned many valuable lessons, the most impactful being the importance of family. Between 1997 and 2004, Amie and I had three children. They were growing up quickly, and we regretted that all their grandparents were far away in Texas. So, in 2008 I became the principal of Bedichek Middle School and we loaded up the truck (literally) and moved to Austin. Our realtor brought us out to Dripping Springs and we knew we were home. My children have been blessed to have amazing teachers and principals and excellent experiences in DSISD. We have made so many good friends in Dripping Springs through our kids’ activities that when the opportunity at Sycamore Springs opened up, I jumped at the chance to be a middle school principal in my home community.
My wife Amie works in Dripping Springs for Native, Inc, a local solar installer
and construction company. We are so proud of our three children. Caitlyn is a junior in college, attending Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla. Juliette graduated from DSHS in June 2017 and will attend Texas Tech University in the fall. Wyland will be a seventh-grader at SSMS in the fall and loves to play sports and video games. In addition to attending our kids’ various activities, we are serious Tiger football fans. When I have free time, I like to play disc golf and am currently training for a marathon.
I am honored to be serving the community of Dripping Springs and am thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with our teachers, staff, parents, and community members to help every child in our schools reach their potential.
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