Diane Spence

Diane SpenceChild Development Program Director diane.spence@hccts.org

Diane is a child development expert with more than 10 years of successful experience in teaching children and adults what it means to be a high performing human being. Diane Spence has a proven ability to foster relationships with adults looking to improve themselves and the circumstances they find themselves living in, without an education or skills for a successful career. Diane Spence’s great love and respect for children has led her on a journey in mindfulness training and teaching these skills to young children and the teachers under her supervision at Highlands Community Charter School in Sacramento, California.

Diane knows that people hire people who display the skills and personality that will fit into the company environment. Early Childhood Education facilities are not just looking for a set of qualifications that match a job description. Diane takes her responsibilities to teach qualities that will make her CDA graduates a match to facilities by interviewing her candidates to find out who they are and what they are looking for in a career and as people.

Diane is most fulfilled when helping people grow professionally and personally. Her vision and ability to nurture relationships has led to long-term solutions and success in her life, as well as in her CDA candidates.

Diane began her career in the real estate business and later owned her own heating and air conditioning business. She took classes on team building and how to be a success in business. Diane sold her business in the 90s and went back to college. Diane earned her BA degree in Women’s Studies and was awarded the Academic Achievement Award for her department. Diane then earned her MA degree in Early Childhood Education. Diane wanted to learn more about children, so she decided to get a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for K-8 children. During her academic journey she started writing and publishing poetry that calmed her mind and soul.

Diane learned about trauma development in children and wanted to help children and adults develop focusing skills while also learning to regulate their emotions and respond to any situation calmly. Diane teaches kindness and compassion through games, meditation, and role model example. She believes that anyone can use this training to cultivate presence of mind, heart, and body. Diane believes there is no greater gift a teacher can give her students than to help them deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and to handle difficult emotions.