Diane Olmstead - Principal/Teacher
My journey to get here has been a long one. I’ve worked in six different districts (four in California, two in Alaska), ten different schools, for about 16 different principals and eight different superintendents during my 37 years of teaching. I’ve taught everything from preschool to 6th grade. The first 33 years I was teaching in California, then three years in Ambler, AK and last year in Circle, AK.
I have a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology. Technology education is one of my passions. It is my hope that all students become lifelong learners through the greatest level of technology possible.
I am the daughter of a career U.S, Army officer. I was raised in Washington State, Germany, France, Hawaii, North Carolina, California, and Pennsylvania. I am also a veteran, I joined the Army and was stationed in Germany before I started my teaching career.
Alaska has been calling me ever since I took a summer job as a waitress in the Glacier Bay Lodge on the panhandle.I have never forgotten the beauty of Alaska. When I realized I could continue my teaching career in Alaska I took it.
I have one son, Patrick, who lives in Bellingham, WA with his dog Chewbacca. My mother lives in Palm Desert, California; we lost our father lastspring. I also have two brothers who live within 25 miles of mom.
I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!