Diane was born and raised in Chicago. She grew up in a bilingual family speaking Spanish and English, and received first hand ELL training helping her parents navigate a new language and culture. Little did she know this would turn into her career. Diane received her BA from Northeastern Illinois University and her Master's degree from Concordia University. She began working in CPS in 1995 right out of college and has been working with and teaching ELLs ever since. Diane has spent her teaching career at Mather High School on the Northside of Chicago, one of the most diverse schools in the city.