Diana Washington is a former educator who has creatively balanced her political aspirations with her purpose-driven career as a teacher. She was selected as a Teach For America Corps Member, placed in Miami to teach high school math, and served in multiple roles within Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She developed skills in instructional delivery and engagement, instructional coaching, curriculum development, and data analysis. The state of Florida recognized her as the Best and Brightest Scholarship recipient for helping students achieve academic success.
Diana spent most of her summers working with Teach For America during their summer training program. She would help train and develop novice teachers on various instructional strategies rooted in Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, and anti-racist teaching. Diana also participated in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive sessions, helping new teachers connect DEI to liberatory education. Additionally, she gained leadership experience by managing and coaching facilitators to help train and develop the next cohort of incoming educators.
Diana also joined the Leadership for Educational Equity organization which provides leadership development for leaders fighting to end educational equity. In 2018 LEE assisted Diana in securing a seat as a community council member, and Diana used zoning laws to help make decisions on new residential infrastructure.
A University of Nevada Las Vegas graduate, Diana received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Educational Leadership. During her undergraduate years, she was part of various organizations promoting campus diversity. She was also elected to the university’s student government and was initiated into the Eta Chi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
During her time as a National Urban Fellow, Diana hopes to gain knowledge and skills in policy advocacy, emphasizing educational policy, and criminal justice reform.