Head of School


Dianne has been with the Crestmont family for six years, and is now in her second year as Head of School. She brings over 30 years of experience as a former elementary school division head, educator, and academic program director. After obtaining both her B.A. in Liberal Arts and teaching credential from San Francisco State University, Dianne held teaching positions at public and alternative arts schools in San Francisco’s Western Addition and Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhoods. As the San Francisco School District began to comply with the “No Child Left Behind” law, Dianne watched her progressive public school become more restrictive, more focused on rote learning, and more concerned with “passing the test” rather than attending to the whole child. To continue to have the freedom to engage in the progressive best practices — active learning, collaboration, community, social justice, and instilling a love of learning — Dianne switched from public schools to an independent school in the East Bay in 2000.


In the last six years at Crestmont, Dianne understands the importance of cultivating a learning environment where children can thrive, think critically, act with compassion and grow into the type of engaged citizen that we hope to have in our community. She believes that Crestmont is uniquely positioned to prepare students to become leaders in high school and beyond.


In the summer, she teaches art at a camp near Booneville for Project Avary, which supports young people whose parents are imprisoned. She has a passion for salsa dancing, running, and art. She strives to help all children reach their individual potential.