B.A., Clark University; M.Ed., Framingham State College
Diane TutinLecturer in Education
Experienced educator with interests in children's literature, literacy learning, fostering communities of learners, and special education.
I am interested in how children learn to read and how teachers learn to teach children to read. I began my teaching career in an alternative school for boys with social and emotional issues who had failed in the Boston schools. I worked in special education for seven years. During that time, I learned an enormous amount about learning disabilities and the importance of connecting with students. Next, I taught first and third grade in the Wellesley public schools and went to graduate school to study child literacy. I’m certified to teach elementary education in grades 1-6, moderate special needs from preschool to grade 9, and reading in grades K-12. I’m a member of the International Reading Association, the Massachusetts Reading Association, and Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the International Reading Association's honor society.
I began teaching at Wellesley College more than 10 years ago as part of the team of Wellesley and Boston public school teachers who co-teach our elementary education methods courses. I also teach a course on child literacy and the teaching of reading. I think it’s wonderful that Wellesley’s education program is based on the experiences and knowledge of “real” teachers. I use a lot of practical examples in my classes from my elementary school teaching experiences. I am passionate about children’s literature and find great joy in helping Wellesley students learn how to teach the works of children’s authors such as Patricia Polacco, Eloise Greenfield, Eve Bunting, and Lois Lowry.
As a classroom teacher for 18 years, I taught both urban and suburban students. I was a teacher of children with emotional, behavioral, and learning difficulties as well as a teacher of first and third grade. I continue to participate frequently in professional institutes and workshops in the field of literacy.
I am a wife as well as a mother to a young daughter. I enjoy seeing the world through her eyes. Not surprisingly, books are an important part of my world. I enjoy talking about books and finding out what others are reading. I have performed on stage in musicals at many regional and community theaters.