DIANE SPEED has been a home educator for more than twenty years. Using an academic, college-prep program of her own design, she tutored two children from pre-school through high school and through college admissions:
- In 2013 her son completed high school and was awarded a full academic scholarship — tuition, room, and board — at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where in 2018 he graduated with a degree in screenwriting. Thanks to his scholarship, he graduated from LMU debt-free.
- In 2018 Diane's daughter, who is a classical guitarist, began studying for a BA in Music Industry in Albany, NY, where the College of Saint Rose awarded her a scholarship amounting to ninety percent of tuition. — At the end of 2022 she, too, graduated debt-free.
In addition to homeschooling her kids, Diane founded The Classical Kids Network, a homeschool support group that Diane led from its inception in 2001. At its peak, Classical Kids served around two hundred families in CT and surrounding states. In 2007 Diane launched the group's website to enhance its services to member families; for many years its free resources were used by homeschoolers around the country.
Prior to being a home-educator, Diane was a management consultant, designing instruction for team-building, sales, and software training. As a homeschooling mom, she used her expertise in instructional design to fashion a program for parents homeschooling through the high school years: Homeschooling the College-Bound Student.
Diane is also an accomplished science teacher; she has a B.S. in Biology from Drexel University, with a minor in Chemistry, and has been teaching science courses to high-school-aged students for more than a decade. She now teaches three online courses of her own design:
What's more, since the fall of 2020 Diane has been offering a new kind of science program targeted to advanced middleschoolers and new highschoolers: her online Science Intensives are 8-week programs on specific topics like Ecology and Botany.
Finally, the program called "The Blend" was Diane's brainchild. Founded in 2014, The Blend was an innovative approach to rich, challenging high school content: delivered to local families, its courses effectively "blended" on-site classes with online instruction. In the early spring of 2020, with the advent of COVID, Diane and her husband shut down their on-site classes, but as designers of engaging online instruction, they were able to move all their content to delivery online — only now, through HS College-Bound, their courses became accessible to families across the U.S. and Canada.