Jill Diamond is a transplanted New Yorker who has been teaching English, Theater and Dance at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles since 1994. Working in the second largest public-school system in the United States gives her an inside perspective on the issues and inequities that plague the educational system in our country. Jill graduated with BA in General Studies from New York University. Apprenticed with Merce Cunningham Dance Company and worked with Molissa Fenley and Dancers in the 1980s. Studied acting at the William Esper studio in NYC from 1990 -1992 before moving to Los Angeles. Received my CA teaching credential from the Los Angeles Unified District Intern program and have been teaching since 1994 ( 28 years).
Jill is passionate about education because there is always potential for growth and change. She loves the educator community and the innovative thinking that teachers bring. “Education has liberated me! I have discovered who I am and what I have to offer. More than anything else, students want authentic human relationships and this is a great place to practice.School is a place to experiment and play. Being with the youth and sharing experiences together has been been a great privilege.
After attending their workshop “Educating in a Diverse Democracy” in Maine during the summer of 2018 she was re-energized by the work of Daniel Moses and Deb Bicknell and able to reimagine the way education could be. She now uses “dialogue” as tool for creating authentic relationships as a foundation for mutual understanding with both students and educators. She is thrilled to be participating with the Fig Tree Alliance and believes in the power of transformational experiential education.