Diane, a teacher at Maryville High School, has been instrumental in the implementation of the Senior Program at her school. During her 33 years of teaching, Diane has taught freshman and junior English, journalism, and Senior Transition. She has been an active member of the senior team at MHS.
She has served on numerous SACS committees and was a presenter at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention in 2004. Since 1999 she has worked with the Tennessee State Department of Education in the summer as a presenter on such topics as Gateway Testing, Differentiated Instruction in Language Arts, and Student Assessment.
This past summer she was a consultant for the State Department of Education and worked with teachers across the state on the new Language Arts Standards. Her educational awards include 2005 NCTE State Teacher of the Year Award, 2005 General Bruce K. Holloway Chapter 367 State Teacher of the Year Award, The Adjutant General’s Distinguished Patriot Medal, Tennessee Council of Teachers of English Excellence in Teaching Award, Journalism Teacher of the Year Award Tennessee High School Press Association, 1993 Milken National Educator Award, 1993 East Tennessee District Teacher of the Year, 1993 Blount County High School Teacher of the Year, and 1993 Maryville High School Teacher of the Year.
Diane has a B.A. in English and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction.