Faculty Spotlight: Diane Kubetz
Program: Early Childhood
Education and Care
While completing a career assignment in high school, Diane Kubetz realized she could have a career doing what she loved -- working with young children.
"Teaching children and adults has always seemed like a natural thing to do," she explained. "My passion for children has been a joy to share with adults as they prepare for careers with children."
Kubetz pursued a two-year degree at College of Lake County before transferring to Northern Illinois University, where she obtained both bachelor's and master's degrees in early childhood education.
She then began her career as a preschool teacher in a vocational high school program, followed by working as a preschool teacher at the Campus Child Care Center at NIU, where she became director of the Campus Child Care Center. In addition, she served as an adjunct faculty member at Kishwaukee College.
Since coming to College of DuPage, Kubetz has watched the Early Childhood Education and Care program grow. Its move into the state-of-the-art Early Childhood Center has expanded the level of education for the program's students, allowing Kubetz to best share her passion.
"I hope my students develop a passion for teaching," she explained. "I hope they gain the skills they need to provide children with the high quality child care and education they deserve. I certainly want them to understand the importance of establishing respectful relationships with families. And, I want them to understand the professional role they play in the lives of young children and in the early childhood field."
Kubetz cites the many positive professional connections she has made during her career as well as the outstanding faculty and staff who help push her to excel.
"My commitment to students inspires me to teach in a way that encourages them to have a positive impact on the lives of the children in their care."