Dr. Diane Cooper

Advisory Board

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.

Dr. Marty Webb

Advisory Board

Dr. Marty Webb received her Ed.D in private school leadership from The University of San Francisco. She holds a BS in special education from the University of Michigan and an M.Ed. in educational administration from Houston Baptist University. Over her 50 years in education, she has served in many roles as an educator and a leader, including 17 years as principal of Corpus Christi Catholic School in Houston. Through her leadership she transformed the school, on the verge of closing, into a United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School Award. Dr. Webb has been recognized as a National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and an Outstanding Elementary School Principal by the United States Department of Education. She was named the outstanding doctoral student by the University of San Francisco’s Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership. In 1997, she founded The Monarch School, providing private special education for individuals with neurological differences. The school became recognized as an international leader in special education.  She $17,500,000 capital campaign to create a campus on 11 acres of donated land in the Spring Branch area of Houston and in 2009 The Monarch Institute was founded. It included not only the therapeutic day school but also a diagnostic clinic, therapy services, training center, replication program and transition services (monarchinstitute.org). She retired from The Monarch Institute in 2012. Dr. Webb also serves on the advisory board of San Francisco Nativity Academy in Houston, a non-tuition based private Christian school serving low-income families and the HUB Houston, a relationship centered educational program serving teenagers and young adults with neurological differences. She and her deceased husband Eugene were popular workshop presenters on marriage and parenting throughout the greater Houston area. She is the proud parent of four grown children, seventeen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.