When I was in college, I volunteered in an after school program for young kids, where I realized I may be interested in teaching science to youth. I took a few education courses, which lead me to discover a passion besides biology—connecting youth to science and supporting them throughout their high school careers as needed.”

Diana’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Biology

“Growing up, I would go to Mexico each year. I grew up around farmland, seeing chickens, dogs and cows walking loose in the streets, and how connected everyone seemed to be to nature. To me that was/is science. I love the simplicity and ease of people accepting nature around them, experimenting with ‘home remedies,’ and knowing about nutrition and the plants/crops that they grow. After feeling a strong connection to science in school, and taking more science courses in college, I feel that biology helps me learn more about my life and the way I want to live.”

Professional Experience

Diana began teaching at Back of the Yards College Prep during the 2016–2017 school year.


Diana enjoys being outdoors and going on walks with her two dogs.

Academic Background

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (Master of Education in Instructional Leadership)
  • Illinois Wesleyan University (Bachelor of Science in Biology)