Diane Mackay brings to Milwaukee Montessori School her extensive knowledge of, passion for, and experience with Spanish language and culture. She is an advocate of Montessori education for its organic and individualized approach to student learning. A Colorado native, she pursued studies in Spanish and English at the University of Utah, immersing herself in study abroad opportunities in Chile, Peru, Mexico, and Spain. Diane earned a Master of Arts in Spanish Language and Pedagogy and served as Assistant Director of a study abroad program in Asturias, Spain.
Also passionate about education, teaching, and diversity, Diane earned certificates to teach Spanish and English to native and non-native English speakers and has taught students of all ages, including as a high school Spanish teacher and as an adjunct university faculty. As adjunct faculty, Diane taught grammar, literature, and history of Spanish-speaking peoples, and was rated in the 90th percentile by students in instructor evaluations.
Diane additionally enjoys singing, playing and teaching piano, competition coaching, gourmet cooking, reading both fiction and non-fiction, salsa dancing, organization, real-estate, interior and graphic design, and travel. She particularly enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son.