Diana was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended Cerritos Community College and majored in Economics and accounting while working at Bank of America and a retail shoe store to get her through school. During that time she also earned her Medical Billing certification and was highly involved in the community through Project HOPE, Scholar Honor Society, and as Vice-President of the Business Club. After three years she transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara and became involved in education through The Family Literacy Program where she worked with undocumented elementary students. Her interest in Chicano Studies and education grew thanks to a course on educational barriers and the teachings of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. Working as an Elementary Teaching Assistant, one special student made her want to become an educator focusing on students with learning disabilities. She switched her major to Psychology to better understand human growth and development. That year she became a research assistant to her professor and worked with at-risk adolescents in a high school in Santa Barbara County. Diana learned about Teach for America that same year and felt that TFA's values and mission were aligned with her own, which brought her to New York City classrooms. She has a newly obtained Masters Degree from Fordham University in Teaching Exceptional Adolescents grades 7-12. She's taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math at a middle school in Brooklyn. She has taught Algebra for the past three years and is currently working at a high school in Manhattan. On her spare time she enjoys tutoring any struggling learner in Mathematics. When shes not in the classroom or tutoring, Diana enjoys reading a good book, Sunday brunch, authentic Mexican food, and meeting new friends.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Barbara - Bachelor of Philosophy, Psychology
Graduate Degree: Fordham University - Master of Science, High School Teaching
Reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors, especially the beach!