Ms. Diane Starnes

Phone: 803-575-5400


Degrees and Certifications:

DEGREES: B.A. in English M.A.T. in Learning Disabilities Ed.S. in Teaching CERTIFICATIONS: English Learning Disabilities National Board Certification-Exceptional Needs Specialist ENDORSEMENTS: R2S Literacy Teacher R2S Literacy Coach

Ms. Diane Starnes

Welcome!  Teaching is my passion, and I am thrilled to return to the classroom after staying home with my children. I started teaching in 1997 at Ridge View High School then moved to Airport High School in 2001.  While I was at Airport, I became the school literacy coach.  Though I enjoyed working with teachers on implementing reading and writing strategies in their classrooms, I missed having students of my own. I love building relationships with students and helping them grow as readers and writers.  I earned my B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina, my M.A.T. in Learning Disabilities from Francis Marion University, and my Ed.S. in Teaching with an emphasis in Language and Literacy from the University of South Carolina.  I earned National Board Certification in 2003 and renewed in 2013.


I grew up in Columbia and live in Irmo with my two daughters and our 4.5 pound Teacup Chorkie, Taffy. (Technically, the dog is my younger daugther's, but Taffy thinks I am her master.) My daughters and I love to travel and do so as much as we can.  I love to read now, but most people are surprised to find out I did not enjoy reading when I was a teenager.  That probably had to do with the fact that when I was in high school, we were told the title of a classic novel to read on our own and had a test on it six weeks later.  We never discussed the novel in class, and we were never exposed to young adult literature.  I promise never to do that! (Side note: I did have some awesome English teachers; instructional practices were just different back then and there weren't tons of young adult books.)  My personal philosophy is that most classic literature was originally written for an adult audience, not teens, so we will walk through classic literature and difficult texts together.  I conduct my class in a workshop style, which means we have an overarching theme for a core text then read, view, and listen to a variety of genres within that theme.  We also do lots of writing, so students should be prepared to read and write daily.


This is going to be a fantastic year.  We will work hard and grow as learners together!