Mrs. Lockhart was born in London, England and came to live in America in January 2000 with her husband and 3 young boys. That summer she joined the Palisades Country Day Camp teaching, Yoga, Dance, Gymnastics and Musical Theater and continued teaching all of the specials during the school year. She comes from a performing arts background appearing in many Broadway shows, Movies and TV shows both in England and abroad. She worked in all aspects of the school system including Middle and High School but feels her real love for teaching is in preschool. She obtained her early childhood teaching diploma specializing in the teaching of children 2-6 years of age in 2019 and became a head teacher in 2020. Her love for teaching has taken her to Haiti, India and Morocco to teach English to children in need.
Her performing arts talents still flicker on having taken up ballroom dancing and competed nationally on the pro/am circuit winning many titles including the world dance masters twice. She is very excited to continue her career as an educator and hopes to bring some extra sparkle of singing, dancing and mindfulness into the classroom.
Diane still lives in Closter with her husband and dogs. Her 3 “grown” sons as of 2022 have moved on. One is a senior in college, another followed in her footsteps and is a singer/ dancer, the eldest one, is recently married and works in the family business. All 3 boys are alumni of Palisades and all worked in the camp at some stage or another. Her hobbies include walking around museums, especially the Egyptian exhibit at The MET and wondering if there really was a civilization before us, seeing Broadway shows and she takes dance classes five days a week.
Fun facts: I am a great adventurer. I climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Great Pyramids of Giza, Mount Sinai and hang-glided off the Himalayas. I traveled and worked in Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and most of Europe. I hope to instill a sense of adventure, knowledge and confidence into my students and hope to open their eyes to the miraculous world before them. “The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” ~ Maria Montessori