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Alumni Spotlight: Diane Glickman

September 25, 2023

Diane Glickman

Diane L. Glickman

Callfornia State University Northridge B.A. Sociology,
California State University M.A. Education, Reading Specialist Credential
California State University Northridge Special Education, Autism

I choose to get my Bachelors Degree at CSUN because it was an up and coming university in Southern California in the 1970's and its Sociology Department had a progressive approach and was in the forefront of promoting social change in the area of Social Welfare, Criminology, diversity and a strong commentary on Civil Rights. I was also very interested in Visual and Graphic Arts and the Art Department had some up and coming professors that provided trending art styles that I could express my creativity. After graduating, I worked in the Social Welfare System for a while but decided to help children by seeking my Education MA and Reading Specialist Credential to teach and encourage Intercity Secondary Students. I worked for Monrovia Unified School District and then taught Continuation High School for the Baldwin Park Unified School District.

After several years I choose to get married and raise a family and teaching was just too difficult during this time period, so I went into Business and launched several national consumer magazines and continued in a career in Sales and Marketing. These jobs were not fulfilling because I missed working with kids. There is something magical about being in education and I knew I had to work my way back inside the classroom. I had to jump through a lot of hoops to achieve this, but I was motivated.

I choose to return to CSUN College of Education to get my Special Education Credential in 1995, after being encouraged by some Special Education teacher friends that had gone through CSUN. They said it was a terrific program. CSUN's Michael D. Eisner College of Education allowed me to work full-time for LAUSD, raise a family and take evening classes towards my credential. The professors and staff at the CSUN College of Education were very helpful and encouraged me to forge forward and not be discouraged by setbacks. The student teachers were much younger than me, but I managed to fit in because of my past teaching experience, and also there were a few like me that were switching to Special Education because that was the trend in education in California.

The CSUN Michael D. Eisner College of Education was with me all the way and for that I am grateful and therefore I shall work tirelessly to promote the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at CSUN because the rewards of being a teacher were unmeasurable. I joined the Alumni Chapter Board because I want our Alumni to be proud and get involved in the promotion and growth of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education. Children need to know that Knowledge is Power and the teachers and educators that come out of the CSUN Michael D. Eisner College of Education are fabulous professionals and I am very proud to acknowledge them. There are a lot of roadblocks and hurdles in our profession, but I hope to promote through our CSUN Michael D. Eisner College of Education Alumni Board, Continuing Education, Community Outreach and a youthful infusion of ideas and activities. I want to bring attention to the Michael D. Eisner College of Education to our community, city, county, state and nation.