Dianna E. Saiz (1945 - 2012)

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Dianna E. Saiz
Dianna E. Saiz, age 63, of Santa Fe, a former teacher at Floyd Dryden Middle School, passed away peacefully in the morning on October 18, 2012, surrounded by family at her sister's home in Mt. Vernon, VA. She came to Alaska in 1997 and was a dedicated and passionate teacher, inspiring youth to fnd their voice. She pushed her students to think and understand the world around them: under her guidance her students at Floyd Dryden created vignettes about the effects of discrimination for Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, studied the Holocaust and learned about the saviors and survivors, and played Survivor Alaska to learn about Alaska history.
Before retiring earlier this year from the Santa Fe Indian School, Dianna taught junior high and high school youth for forty years. Much of this time was spent at the Santa Fe Indian School although she also taught at the Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona and in Anthony, New Mexico, and here in Juneau.
Her achievements as a teacher and mentor were eclipsed only by her love and support of friends and family. Dianna had an open mind and heart for people who needed her and was always the first in line for a road trip, afternoon hike, or day of cross-country skiing.
Dianna was dearly loved and her physical presence with us will be greatly missed. Her spirituality guided her path. Di's family asks that you carry her in your heart and is comforted by the fact that she has returned home into the arms of the Blessed Mother.
A Catholic burial was held on the morning of Tuesday, October 30, 2012. In lieu of fowers, please send donations to the Carmelite Monastery at 49 Mount Carmel Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Nov. 1, 2012
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