Diana Hanke

Roosevelt Junior High School
Teacher Librarian
Diana Hanke grew up in Liberty, Idaho, a very small, very rural area located on the Northwest side of the Bear Lake Valley.  She grew up hiking in the mountains, swimming in Bear Lake, riding horses, dancing, singing, and of course, reading. She grew up on Prince Edward Island with Anne, traversing the American prairie with Laura, and falling for Mr. Darcy with Elizabeth.

After graduating from Bear Lake High School, Diana attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho and then transferred to Utah State University in Logan, Utah.  She graduated with a secondary education degree with majors in English and History and minors in Dance and Music, Starting her career, she worked as an English teacher at Bear Lake High School and then moved to Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah.   After 12 years in the classroom, Diana went back to school and received a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology followed by a certification in Library Media. She graduated with the honor of Outstanding Library Media Specialist, 2002 from Utah State University’s Instructional Technology Department.

Since 2002, Diana has been dedicated to libraries starting as teacher librarian at Union High School, followed by District Library Supervisor for Duchesne School District. She served on the UELMA board in 2005/2006 and has been a part of the Utah Library Media Supervisors (ULMS) group for 14 years. Today she works as teacher librarian over three schools in the district including a junior high and two elementaries.

Libraries have always been an intricate part of Diana’s life. Working as a student aide for her Junior High library was only the beginning. She found the love of her life on the fourth floor of Utah State University’s Merrill Library, found herself working in Utah State’s Instructional Technology library, and finally became immersed in library work in our public schools. Diana still enjoys reading, of course, and she spends tons of time loving husband Jeff and their children, the 5 K’s: Kyle, Krista, Kynlee, and Konner and Katelyn, the twins. They enjoy the mountains, picnics, and of course reading together.

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