Hi, I'm Dia!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I'm a versatile artist and experienced educator, who has been making awesome stuff with kids all across the country since 2002. Curiosity and a simple drive to make things has guided my studies in diverse fields from welding to writing , from theatre to computer science. I've worked as a teacher, a puppeteer, and in freelance video production and animation, and I have a B.A. from Hampshire College in Interdisciplinary Art. I've also had the opportunity to learn from Wil Vinton, grandmaster of stop motion (of California Raisins fame!). I also work now with RoboFun, teaching coding and robotics. I enjoy playing at the edge of art and science, and just playing in general.
What's your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher? "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."" Lao Tzu
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management? My classroom values center around compassion, accountability, honesty, and self discipline. Everyone makes mistakes, but it is our duty to recognize and work on them!
Credentials: Bachelor's of Arts, Hampshire College, Interdisciplinary Arts