Diane has been a lifelong educator, as a contracted teacher: as a secondary physical educator, a high school girls gymnastics coach and an official for girls gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics. She founded a service business: Kidskills America. Kidskills delivers movement education and gymnastics training to infants through adolescents in a recreational setting. Diane managed a commercial gymnastics facility: designing and implementing curriculum for all programming: infant, preschool, elementary and developmental classes, as well as conducting special education programs. Licensed by Ohio Department of Education: Health Education, Physical Education and Dance Education
Diane uses the model teaching by example: "If I can Do it, YOU can do this!" and serves as a demonstrator for youngsters. So many non-verbal components of movement are delivered when the teacher/guide does the task and uses fun descriptive words, verbal cues. Motor sequencing, the dynamics of motion and the inherent rhythm are visible to the learners, AS important, a trainer can show the 'almost' version of the moves being attempted. This offers a forgiving model that allows attempts and trying without judgement. Gaining that "I Can DO That!" confidence is the aim of Diane's training. Guiding a child's movement with nurturing words and encouragement has been my teaching method: big kids, tots, teens...we all can glow and develop abilities with light from the lantern held in the teacher's hand.
National Presenter: U.S.A Gymnastics Federation Ohio Physical Education, Health Education and Dance State Convention Demonstrator/Speaker. Federation International of Gymnastics: Brevet International Judge for Rhythmics. Official for U.S. Olympic Committee in Rhythmics for Pan American Games: Cuba and Argentina; Centennial Olympiad in Atlanta. Represented her business: Kidskills International at International Olympic Committee's World Forum on Sport, Education and Culture in Beijing, China.
Using an international perspective, Diane uses Olympism as a teaching model to encourage physical activity as a bridge across the world's cultures. Using the I.O.C's advocacy for "Fair Play', encouraging inclusion and embracing everyone's desire to participate with a free and allowing spirit...Diane draws on her extensive travels, lectures and global research on movement and sports skills training strategies to keep a clear focus on the importance of fundamental movement skills in the education of each individual: neurologically, physically and spiritually!!
Diane is an publisher of educational resources and produces enhanced media as instructional aids for youngsters' movement and sports training. Diane is a specialist for preschool fundamental movement training, as well as being a provider for neurological training using the Interactive Metronome protocol. IM improves the rate of information transmission along the neural pathways. An increase in that rate smooths motor sequencing, improves concentration and sharpens focus. Ask Diane about the Interactive Metronome as a ' cutting-edge' training tool.