Diane Lapp, EdD, is a distinguished professor of education at San Diego State University and an English teacher and literacy coach at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, she taught elementary and middle school grade levels. Dr. Lapp focuses on instruction that supports learning for a diverse range of students. Her career is founded on the idea that motivation and well-planned, guided instruction must be based on a continuous assessment of strengths and needs shown by the students.
Throughout her career as an educator and education professor, Dr. Lapp has been drawn to urban schools catering to children of poverty who are often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, mistreated, and uncared for because of the unfamiliarity that exists between their families and their teachers. Combining her two current positions, Dr. Lapp established a high school student internship program between HSHMC and a neighborhood pre-K–6 school with a 95 percent population of English learners.
Dr. Lapp has authored or edited dozens of books, articles, and speeches. As an educator, she has won numerous awards and, in 2005, was inducted into the International Reading Hall of Fame.
She earned a doctorate from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Western Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University.