Dr. Diane Cooper


Dr. Diane CooperDr. Diane Cooper received a BA in English and Education at St. Joseph College, an M.Ed. at the University of North Texas, and an Ed.D. in private school administration at the University of San Francisco. She was a secondary English teacher and department chair for 10 years, and then served as Head of School/Principal for 38 years at five different schools  (two in Dallas, TX, one in Vero Beach, Fl., one in Columbus, OH, and most recently in St. Louis, MO). She also served as Director of Clinical Education and as an Assistant Professor of Education at Webster University, St. Louis, MO.  Though retired, she currently works part-time as an adjunct Associate Professor at Webster University, supervising student teachers in the field. Diane founded DECATS (DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Students) in 1988 at the Immaculate Conception School in Grand Prairie, Texas.  She was a frequent speaker on gifted education at educational conferences. The National Catholic Education Association honored her as a National Distinguished Principal in 1990. In 1991, the US Department of Education also honored her as National Distinguished Principal. She served on the Executive Board of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), and on the Executive Board of the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and as President of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS).  She currently serves on the Principals Panel of the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) in Washington, DC. Diane has been married to her husband Charles Cooper since 1968.  They have a son and a daughter, and three grandchildren.