Diana Noonan taught French and Spanish in the Denver Public Schools for 30 years. The last 20 years of her career she was at East High School where she served as the department chair and taught French levels 1 - AP Language and Literature and an honors course in French Culture and Civilization. She is currently working as the World Languages Coordinator for the Denver Public Schools, a large urban school district. Diana has a B.A. in French from Colorado Women's College which includes a year of study in Geneva, Switzerland. Her M.A. is from the University of Denver in French literature and secondary education. During her 30 years as a teacher, Diana served as a writer for several DPS foreign language publications including Curriculum guides for Teaching Foreign Language in DPS, Teaching Exploratory Language, Scope and Sequence and FL Objectives and Outcomes for French levels 1 - 4.
In 1988 she wrote a Guide for teaching AP French Language, which was published by the College Board. Her awards DSC 0094diana-smallinclude Colorado Outstanding Foreign language Teacher from the University of Northern Colorado, nominations for Who's Who Among America's Teachers and the CCFLT Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Diana has won several awards for exemplary teaching and for outstanding foreign language programs from the Colorado Department of Education. She belongs to CCFLT, Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers, AATF, and ACTFL. In 1994 she was a Task Force Member of the State Standards for Foreign Languages and has served as a presenter for the Colorado Department of Education.
In 1997, she discovered Blaine Ray and Comprehension-Based Methods. Feeling as if she had been in a coma and just woken up, Diana was so excited about this new method of teaching that she brought it to the East High School FL Department and in 1999 all of the teachers in the department were using Comprehension-Based Methods as the primary method of instruction. The numbers in the advanced classes soared and for the first time ever reflected the diverse student body of East. She started working as a presenter for Blaine in 2005 after her retirement from teaching and has presented workshops in Comprehension-Based Methods for DPS World Languages teachers, including teachers of Chinese and Japanese language.
Diana taught Fluency Fast French classes this year at the Denver Language Institute and the 2007 National TPRS® Conference and will also teach Beginning French in Denver in October and February.