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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future


Dianne Larson


-Early Childhood Education: IL Central College, 1974
-Associate in Arts: Rock Valley College, 1992
-Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude), Elementary Education (gr K-6): Rockford College, 1995
-Master of Education, Curriculum Development: National Louis University, 1998
-National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification - Early Childhood Generalist (preschool-3rd grade) 2001
-National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification - Early Childhood Generalist (preschool-3rd grade) 2010
-Illinois Master Early Childhood Teaching Certification (2002– Present)

Previous Experience

-Preschool Teacher 1974-1976
-Mother/Volunteer/Student 1978-1995
-YMCA of Rockford: School-age Center Coordinator/ Preschool Teacher, 1986-1991
-Discovery Center Museum: Camp-in Coordinator/ Workshop Coordinator, 1990-1998
-Spectrum Preschool Teacher 1991-1994
-Rockford School District 205 (multi-age K,1,2; Kindergarten) 1995-2020
-Served on the 1st committee to Write & Establish Illinois State Teaching Standards for Early Childhood, 2003-2006
-Spectrum Preschool Teacher: presently


I live a charmed life. I have an amazing husband of 47 years, 2 wonderful children, and 5 beautiful teenage grandchildren. They are my heart, and the most important thing in the world to me. I had the privilege of staying home while my children grew up, and then received all of their support when I went back to school.

I have had many wonderful educational opportunities throughout my career. The one that influenced me the most was my years at Spectrum! I learned how children should be valued and educated as individuals through the 7 Intelligences of Howard Gardener, and that teaching does not have to be about worksheets!

Coming back to Spectrum is like coming home. The staff and the classrooms are so warm and inviting! I am very lucky to be back teaching here and will do my best to help your children experience a wonderful beginning of lifelong learning! I know you are aware of how diligently Spectrum is working to make the school safe, and I promise I will do my best to keep your children happy and healthy.

All children having an equal opportunity to live and learn, Social Justice, Kindness, and Ecology are passions of my teaching, and shared by my entire family.

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Spectrum Progressive School
4848 Turner St
Rockford, Illinois 61107