Diane Crim teaches mathematics as part of a 7th grade math/science team at the Bryant Middle School campus of the Salt Lake Center for Science Education (SLCSE).
While Diane has spent thirty years teaching in multiple schools in the Salt Lake School District, her biggest professional challenge came in 2007. She joined Larry Madden, and a team of educators that created the SLCSE in Rose Park, which was founded on the principles of providing a world class STEM education to a broad and diverse student population. Collaborating with colleagues to design activities, experiments, and tasks to enable students to actively investigate phenomena in the world around them has intensified her commitment to interdisciplinary curriculum and project-based learning.
Diane has worked closely with many student researchers as they prepare for local and international science fairs. She, and colleague Niki Hack, have also partnered with University of Utah researchers to develop a multi-year, student-driven research project focused on the impact of climate change on local pika populations. She also developed a project-based curriculum for high school statistics in collaboration with HawkWatch International. This project included multiple student trips to the Goshute Mountains to capture and measure hawks and has become the foundation for many data-driven projects at SLCSE
Diane earned at BS in Math (Brigham Young University) and MS in Mathematics Teaching (University of Utah). She has also played an active role in training and supporting other teachers as a mentor in the Math for America Program, a district curriculum designer, and an instructor for elementary teachers working towards their STEM Endorsement through the University of Utah’s Center for Science and Math Education.
Diane has received a variety of awards and recognitions, including Utah Teacher of the Year (1999), but by far the most rewarding acknowledgement has come from her students – as they recognize their own mathematical gifts and the power they have to persevere.