Diana is a first generation bilingual college student who always knew she wanted to be an educator. She started her educational journey as a high school Humanities teacher with San Diego Unified. She then had the opportunity to be a founding teacher of High Tech High Media Arts, where she taught and mentored new teachers for over 10 years.
After teaching, she joined the University of San Diego’s Jacob’s Institute for Innovation in Education, where she supported large urban school districts in strategic thinking to bring about systemic change to provide students with active learning experiences. Her work here led her to lead change as a school director transforming a charter school to project-based learning. Her passion for supporting teachers all throughout her journey brought her back to High Tech High as the Director of the HTH Teacher Center, where she supported new teachers and their mentors. She currently supports HTH’s six high schools as the Director of Instructional Leadership and Development. She holds an Ed.D with a focus on Educational Leadership, her dissertation is titled, “The Influence of Instructional Coaches on Novice Teacher Efficacy and Retention.