Mrs. Diane Rowen Garmire began her education career in North Idaho in 1975 as an art educator and later as a teacher for gifted/talented children. Her passion has always been infusing learning through art. In 2007 she was selected to travel to Japan as a recipient of the Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund. Later, in 2008, she was selected by the Korea Society to travel and study as a scholar to South Korea. Mrs. Garmire incorporated these experiences in travel through writing curriculum in storytelling and cultural heritage. She has provided professional development for educators for 17 years at Summer Edufest in Boise, Idaho, as well as other venues for teachers in gifted education.
She teaches annually at Whitworth University, a graduate level course: “Creativity and the Common Core.” In the fall of 2016, Mrs. Garmire delivered two keynotes on Creativity for the Kansas State Gifted and Talented Convention in Kansas City, KS. She repeated this presentation at the 2016 Washington Association for Talented & Gifted Conference in Tacoma, WA and again at National Association for Gifted Children Conference in Orlando, FL.
Diane was the Artistic Director of a program sponsored by the Idaho State Department of Education: Future Design Academy; an arts infused STEAM program that focuses on design and engineering for young students. In October 2018 she was awarded the Distinguished Educator Award from Washington Arts Education Association. Diane is a recipient of the 2017-18 GEM (Gifted Education Milestones) by ITAG-SAGE for her contributions to the field of gifted/talented education. Retired from public school teaching in 2015 Diane trains classroom teachers through ArtsED Washington, a non- profit organization helping schools and school districts develop, implement, and sustain great arts education. Since retirement Diane spends time in her home studio. She is currently working on multimedia art pieces for a one-woman art exhibit in 2021. In August, 2020 Diane became the art teacher for Ignite Learning Academy and immensely enjoys working with children in live classes and seeing the artwork they create!
A fun fact about Mrs. Garmire: She has kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland not once, but twice!