Diane was a teacher and an education activist for many years. She writes. She shares. She is turning on the creativity button in whatever way she can. Trying new things and inspiring others to do the same.
Mainly, I have written plays. When I was in college, though I was a psychology major, I was taking an Asian American Literature as Ethnography class and I wrote a play about Japanese-American girl identity. This became Wind Dances, produced as a play in progress by the East West Players in Los Angeles way back in the day. I moved back to Guam, and wrote and produced a children's play, Pulani. I have some credits as a paid playwright with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth for a short play called the Taotaomona and the 2 Sisters and several pieces with their Christmas Talk Story series, 2 of which are in a book published by Bess Press. I have been blogging as a way to keep my writing juices flowing, and when the mood strikes, I write a mean letter to the editor.
I spent most of my adult life as a teacher. I started in Guam as an emergency hire at Finegayan Elementary School. When I realized I wanted to be fully certified, I went to the University of Guam and got my education education there, with a specialty in Early Childhood. I went back to teaching in Hawaii after I took a break to do a Master's in Pacific Islands Studies. I taught at Kalihi Kai and Fern in Honolulu, then moved to Kona to teach at Kealakehe Elementary, my longest stint of any job of my whole working life. Twelve years may not seem like much. My road was a winding one.
When I moved to Kona, I became very involved in the teacher's union. We were being hit by the nonsense of No Child Left Behind and I responded to the call to use the union as my voice to bring about justice and change. I am the epitome of a bleeding heart liberal as I respond to and act on, as well as I can, calls to action on issues about the environment, human and civil rights, and social justice.
Okay, so Family is important to me. I am proud of my daughter Dance, who is doing wonderful things in Guam as a reporter, a public radio music host, and is an all-around wonderful person. I draw inspiration from my mother, a former nurse. I have a sister, 4 brothers and lots of nieces and nephews. My extended family on both sides is also quite large. I have Japanese and Okinawan roots.
All of the Above
In the past, I have had to have different blogs for different reasons. Last year, I had one called The Teacher I Want to Be about education and Random Acts of Creativity about that. This time my goal is to be integrated.