Business and Computer Technology Teacher

Brenda Diekman
Brenda Diekman

Hello, I am Brenda Diekman, a teacher at BHS. Here is some information about myself and my courses.

Experience / Background:

20+ Years teaching Business - at Buffalo HS since 2005. Concentration is in the computer application and financial areas. I am married and have 3 children (oldest daughter is manager of JcPenney store in North Dakota, son is studying electrical engineering at the U of M, and youngest daughter is in high school and researching career options).

My interests and hobbies center mostly around sports and being active. In the past, I have been a coach at the varsity level for Volleyball, Basketball and Softball. Now I enjoy playing and managing an area club program in volleyball and officiating 9th through varsity events in volleyball and basketball. When I'm not coaching, managing or officiating, I'm probably watching a game either locally or at the U of M campus - GO GOPHERS!


TIES Exceptional Teacher Award (LINK TO ARTICLE)

Main Courses Taught:

  • STEEP (Link to description)
    (New course for 9th grade to begin career exploration and to help transition into high school)
  • College and Career Prep 2 (Transitioning to college and career - includes an electronic mentor program and an internship program)
  • Computer Applications I and II (Level 2 can be in class or Online)
    (Level 1 is all the programs and skills expected of high school students at BHS developed to prepare for coursework here. Level 2 is to prepare for college level skills.)
  • Computer Graphics I & II (Meets Arts Requirement and recommended for Media Arts students)
  • Personal Finance  - My personal favorite! I love counseling students on how financial situations work and how to take advantage of every opportunity. We work through real life situations which allow for personal application. This course is also taught by the FACS department which may be set up slightly different than mine.
  • Web Design I & II (Meets Arts Requirement and recommended for Media Arts students)
  • STEM: Game It Programming (New course for 2014 introducing programming thorugh development of games) (Link to description)


Other courses: Introduction to Business, Marketing, Accounting 1, 2 (In class or Hybrid) and College Level, Law & Order, College and Career Prep 1 (in class or Hybrid)


Positions / Committees:

Teacher, Department Chair
New Teacher Mentor Program Lead
BPA Advisor
BHS Technology Committee
MSHSL volleyball official
MSHSL basketball official

Past Positions / Committees

Building Leadership Team Chairperson
BHS Scheduling Committee
2014-15 Scheduling Team Member
BHM Fellows
New Teacher Mentor

Samples of Computer Graphics Projects:

Color AccentCollage

Color Accent - Photoshop

(Computer Graphics)

Pattern Overlay - Photoshop

(Computer Graphics

Collage & Clipping Mask

Photoshop (Computer Graphics)