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Employee Spotlight

Dr. Diane King | Coordinator of Education and Early Childhood Education Programs and Instructor | 7 Years at SIC


Spotlight CandidateDiane King

Awards:
Children’s Champion – Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children 
Heart of the Affiliate – Southern Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children 
Friend of Young Children – Southeastern Illinois College 
Recognition – Illinois Gateways Professional Development Advisor
Recognition—Illinois Gateways Entitled Credential Institution

 Education:
Ed.D. Nova Southeastern – Educational Administration and Leadership
M.A. University of Illinois at Springfield – Knowledge Management – Organizational Development
B.S. Western Illinois University – Education - Elementary and Psychology
Illinois Licensed Professional Educator: Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education

Organizations or committees:
Professional
Southern Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children (Past President)
Southern Illinois Early Childhood Action Team
Council for Quality Early Childhood Workforce – Southern Illinois Innovations
Illinois Gateways Professional Development Advisory Committee
ACCESS American College Early Childhood Education Teacher Educators
ILAECTE Illinois Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators
STARNET Advisory – Focus Group
Kendall College ECE Advisory Committee
John A. Logan ECE Advisory Committee

SIC
SICEA President
Early Childhood Club Sponsor – NAEYC/SIAEYC Student Chapter
Education Club Sponsor – IEA Student Program
Heartwalk Team Captain
Pampered Princess Fundraiser Committee - Cinderella
Library and Technology Committee

What other position(s) have you held at SIC?
My relationship with SIC began around 2001 when I was Senior Consultant for INCCRRA and I met with Dr. Oldham and Mrs. Sue Beal to introduce the Illinois Director Credential and invite them to participate in developing this credential for SIC. Around the same time and for several subsequent years, I worked with Nancy Reach, Sue Beal and the teachers in the MJOCCS as their NAEYC Accreditation Consultant and Mentor. I was appointed to the ECE Advisory Committee circa 2002 and became an adjunct faculty member in 2004.

Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
Beaches, beaches and more beaches.  Always in search of the perfect beach.  Never met a beach I didn’t love. 

In the movie based on your life, who plays you?
Meryl Streep

How would you spend $1 million?
I would take the one million dollars and buy a beach.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever heard?
My favorite quotes:

“The principal goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done… who are discoverers. We need pupils who are active, who learn early to find out for themselves, partly by their own spontaneous activity and partly through the materials we set up for them.”
-Jean Piaget

“Make your work your play and your play your work.” - Phil Jackson

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw