Diane Sumney
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Mrs. Diane Sumney

Diane Sumney is originally from Montgomery, Alabama.  She has taught in inner city schools in Memphis and Dallas, and in rural districts in Mississippi. Through the Dallas district’s federal desegregation order in 1981 she was chosen to teach in a then newly implemented intermediate learning center.  The center was designed to increase the opportunity for success within the inner city school population. After several years and a move to Lexington, Kentucky in 1997, she focused her efforts in teaching toward English language learners in the city's ESL program. Her population has varied from visiting professors' children from the nearby university, to the children of foreign business persons, to labor migrant and refugee children.

 In 2008, Sumney  was instrumental in developing  a newcomer center to support refugee children and their parents from  the war torn countries of the  Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, and Iraq. Sumney has had two articles published concerning this work, An Evaluation of Families and Community Newcomer Program for English Language Learners and F.A.C.E. Time (Families and Communities Educating): Accommodating Newcomers in Elementary School.

            Education, community development, inclusion, and the mental well-being of these newly arrived children have been the major goals of her teaching and advocacy.  She has presented at the TESOL National Conference, Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services (BRYCS) National Immigrant and Refugee Conference, and the Kentucky Migrant Network Coalition as well as college classes churches, and civic groups.