Name
My job
Director of Programs, with Graland since 1990

In a nutshell
Di supports the School’s extracurricular activities like athletics, Extended Day, trips, service learning, the Gates Invention and Innovation Program -- everything outside of MESH (Math, English, science, history) that makes Graland unique and memorable. “The programs I support are avenues for adults and kids to make connections. These ‘extras’ are the heart of the school and help us develop well-rounded students.”
 
Career journey
Played college basketball for Indiana University while earning a degree in physical education. Coached collegiate level women’s basketball at the University of Chicago and Yale University.  Began at Graland as a PE teacher, then athletic director and now director of programs. Holds a master’s degree in athletic administration. Still teaches one PE class every day. 

Professional passion
“It’s always fun to be on a team where everyone wants what’s best for kids. The relationships at Graland set it apart from other schools. Working with parents, faculty and administrators who value education is the best because all the parts are working for a shared purpose.”

Personal side
Di grew up on a farm with hogs and cattle, where she learned to drive a tractor at the age of 6 when her dad put extensions on the pedals. “Being from a big family on a farm, you learn about being part of a bigger picture.” 

Graland Country Day School

55 CLERMONT STREET    DENVER, CO 80220    303.399.0390   
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.