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Work experience

Jan 2011Present

Educational Interventions Specialist

Arapahoe House Stepwise School

·Assessed academic levels of all students and developed appropriate, individualized educational goals and objectives.

·Provided individual and small group interventions that supported student academic levels and classroom curriculum.

·Developed and planned creative educational interventions.

·Worked collaboratively with clinical staff to address mental health needs and ensure overall goals for each child were met.

·Trained in PLATO online credit recovery program

Oct 2009May 2010

Substitute Teacher

  • Following designated lesson plans.
  • Exercising professional responsibility, classroom management, knowledge and teaching skills.
Jul 2005May 2008

Language Arts Teacher

Brown County High School
  • The instuction of Creative Writing including poetry, fiction, lyrics and writing for political and social change.
  • The full instruction of English Language Arts to advanced, general and remedial level students.
  • Team teaching and creating effective lessons for students with special needs.
  • Participating in professional development opportunities such as Writer's Workshop and Co-teaching strategies with a focus on special education.
  • Participating as a teacher in the newly developed Freshman Academy Program.
  • The development of a new high school dance program.
May 2005Jul 2005


Overseas Teaching

Participated in the Indiana University Cultural Immersions Program consisting of an extra six weeks of student teaching at MGM Public School- Ludhiana, India.

  • The instruction of conversational English.
  • The instruction of basic technology skills.
  • Conducted a workshop for Indian teachers based on child-centered learning and teaching.
  • Participated in volunteer work teaching English to Tibetan Refugees.
  • Extensive research before, during and after the experience.


Mar 2010Present

MS- In Progress

Colorado State University
Aug 2000May 2005


Indiana University


Dance Instruction
My dance background includes teaching at the college level as well as coaching at the high school level. Responsibilities and achievements include full responsibility of choreography, team structure, regional competition organization and leadership of dance programs. Hip-hop dance instructor- SRSC- Indiana University Head Coach of the Eagles Dance Team (2007-2008 State Finalists)
My arts background consists includes experience on both the high school and college levels. I have been actively involved in aspects of theatre production, direction, and acting. Productions include: Pippen Sweet Charity Sugar The Mystery of Edwin Drood Rehearsal for Murder  


Danny Tieken

Matt Stark

Brian Garman



Please feel free to browse thorugh sample lessons, assignments, projects and more. Letters of recommendation and my teaching philosophy are also available for review.

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What Others Are Saying About Diana Ballas

"As my creative writing teacher Ms. Ballas not only gave me excellent criticism and encouragement, but confidence and inspiration. I dont think that I had a bigger fan in all of my writing endeavours or in graduating in general than Ms.Ballas. And this, to any high school student, is most important."-Stuart Smith (Class of 2008)

"Diana Ballas takes kids who have very little passion for writing and makes them thoughtful and creative writers."

-Tieken, Danny. "Educators Bring Different Strengths to Making Education Important." Bloomington Herald Times 3 June 2008.

"Ms. Ballas encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and I found that I could expand my writing and grow. I'm glad to have been lucky enough to have her as a teacher."

-Kathy Pierson (Class of 2009)

"Patrick despised reading and writing.Ms. Ballas gave him the motivation and inspiration he needed. Crazy enough, he now spends most of his time reading and has even entered poetry contests! "

- Connie Weddle (Parent and School Board Member)


Jul 2009Jul 2013

Colorado Professional Teaching License

Colorado Department of Education