Dr. Diane B. Cooper holds a BA in English and Education from St. Joseph College, an M.Ed. from the University of North Texas in secondary education and reading, and an Ed.D. in private school leadership from the University of San Francisco, where she was named an Outstanding Doctoral student for the Institute for Catholic Education (ICEL) in 1993. Diane was a secondary English teacher and English department chair for 10 years, and Head of School/Principal for 38 years at five different schools across the United States. She also served as Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor of Education at Webster University, St. Louis, MO. Now retired, she works as an adjunct Associate Professor at Webster University and is a current OASIS volunteer, tutoring elementary students in reading. Diane founded DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Students (DECATS) in 1988 at the Immaculate Conception School in Grand Prairie, Texas. The program was designed as a response to the lack of targeted gifted education for elementary-aged students. DECATS began with 34 students and now serves over 1600 students each year. Diane has been a speaker on gifted education at state and national educational conferences. The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) honored her as a National Distinguished Principal. She was honored by the US Department of Education as National Distinguished Principal. Over her rich career, she served on the Executive Board of the NCEA, and on the Executive Board of the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS). She was the President of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS) and served on the Principals’ Panel of the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) in Washington, DC. While principal of Immaculate Conception School, Diane was honored by the US Department of Education with the Blue Ribbon School Award. She went on to lead Christ the King School in Dallas to similar honors. Diane has been married to her husband Charles Cooper since 1968. They are proud parents to a son and a daughter, and to three wonderful grandchildren.