I have been a member of the St. Thomas faculty since September 1989.  I received both my BA and M.Ed from Westfield State College, and in 2012 was awarded the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award by the Grinspoon Foundation.

I absolutely love teaching first grade! It is an amazing learning and fun place to watch children discover their potential. I’ve always believed that creating a peaceful and organized environment, encouraging individual problem solving, fostering independent learning, and promoting personal responsibility will lead to positive academic and personal growth in even the youngest of students.

I look forward to each school year with excitement and enthusiasm, and am always anxious to meet and work with new families and students. I am confident that together we can create a valuable foundation for academic and life-long learning success.

Mrs. Diane Pronovost


Welcome to First Grade! My name is Mrs. Pronovost and I will be your new teacher this year. We will have lots of fun learning new things, meeting new friends, and working together as we prepare for a new school year as First Graders. Our room will be a wonderful sharing and happy place with YOU in it!

To help with our learning, please have these supplies with you as you arrive on Thursday, August 30th:

Sharpened pencils -12
Markers – box of 8
Water colors paint set/tray
White board marker – 1
Glue sticks – 4
Take-home folder
Pencil box
Box of crayons (24)

With these tools, in our own desks, we will be ready to investigate and learn about the world around us, and practice the skills we will need to become great students. So, get ready for activities, projects, games, and lots of stories to read and write about!

Have a wonderful, rest of the summer vacation, and we will see each other soon. Get ready to fly Up, Up, and Away!