Dianna Nimmo is an Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at Hodges University. Her extensive teaching background spans 37 years of delivering educational instruction in speech, drama, English, and history from public to private institutions across the United States. She has taught a variety of students ranging from junior high and high schools, to colleges and universities. Dianna received her B.A. degree in English and her M.A. in Speech and Dramatic Arts at the University of Arkansas
. Further graduate level courses, projects, and workshops have added to her expertise: Directing Forensics, Exceptional Education, Kansas City National Writing Project, Cooperative Learning, Conflict Resolution, Diversity-Dialogue for Change, and a variety of educational workshops.
Dianna's dedication to education, instruction, speech/forensic coaching, and writing has earned her a wealth of instructional awards, honors, and recognitions.
- Dean's Honor list-University of Arkansas
- Excellence in Teaching awards-Kansas City, Missouri
- Who's Who Among American Teachers
- Southwest Foundation Award (Teaching Excellence in Speech)
- Johnson County Community College-Excellent Service Award (38 semesters)
- Instructional Coaching Award in the "Black Poets Collective Contest” by Kansas City black poets and actor, Taye Diggs
- Essay Instruction / Young Writers- Kansas City International Order of Job's Daughters
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest 1st place winners’ award for coaching-by Anheuser Busch Company
- "Granddad Poetry Contest"-Grand prize winner-coaching awarded by the KPRS 103 radio station and the Jackson County Prosecutor's office
- Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics-top winners for Dramatics and Original Oratory-honored for coaching by Kansas City's NAACP
- H&R Block recognition for educational curriculum development - K.C. School District
- Outstanding Faculty Member award by Johnson County Community College's Institutional Research and JCCC students
- Commended/awarded for forensic coaching and building successful speech teams in private/public schools in Arkansas and Missouri
Presently Dianna is a professor at Hodges University, which is a dynamic, innovative, and student-directed educational institution. Hodges has made progressive advances during Dianna’s 10 years of instruction and service at both the Fort Myers and Naples, Florida campus locations. Furthermore, she feels blessed to be a part of the Hodges University family, work with talented professionals, and attend educational workshops so she may continue her passion of educating a diverse variety of students.
When she is not teaching Dianna loves to garden, view films, write science fiction/horror, dance, and play with her large zoo of animals.