Dieneke spent most of her childhood in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Later, she moved to Branford, CT. After High School Dieneke attended college in Vermont and obtained her early childhood teacher certification, PK-2 and art teacher’s certification, K-12. Dieneke lived in Vermont for 13 years, in the course of which she married and started a family. She has two older daughters one of them recently graduated college and the other is finishing up her last year of high school. Dieneke has resided in Rhode Island for fifteen years and loves living by the ocean. Dieneke enjoys running, yoga and traveling with her husband. Recent trips to rural Guatemala have allowed her the opportunity to volunteer for The Seeds of Help Organization and work in the schools up in the mountains. Dieneke spent four years working at a Montessori school and has attended a teacher’s institute in Norwich, CT, where she obtained her Montessori teacher certification. With over twenty years of experience, Dieneke’s teaching background has included working with children in various educational settings, including public schools and high-quality early childhood programs. Dieneke accepted the Head Teacher position, here at CNS in July 2008.