Diana Osborn is the founder and director of Leaves of Learning. Diana loves working with children of all ages and has a passion and commitment to individualized education. She feels that while an education certainly provides the skills and opportunities for a child's future, it’s also an important part of the journey, and as such, should be enjoyed.
Diana believes that education should meet children where they are and take them where they want to go—through caring guidance, enthusiasm and support. Her favorite moments at LOL are when students discover their talents and passions for learning.
Over the years, Diana has taught after-school and summer hands-on science classes in area schools through a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. She also taught science at LOL for five years.
Before becoming involved in education, Diana was a chemist for DuBois Chemical and a pharmaceutical representative for Whitehall Robbins. She holds a BS in Chemistry. Diana homeschooled her three children, who all attended LOL, and are now in or graduated from college.
Christie Sawyer has been LOL Assistant Director since 2003. Her positive attitude, commitment, and caring nature make her stand out as an effective teacher and administrator. Christie taught in Cabrini Green housing projects in Chicago for five years before moving to Cincinnati. She has a Masters Degree from Xavier University in Educational Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University. Christie believes that witnessing the excitement and joy that a child expresses when he or she learns something new is one of the greatest benefits of being in education.
Padgy Schrank has been our front desk person since 2008. She looks forward to coming to work each day and loves the interaction with the kids and parents. She has her own fan club! Her kindness and patience are assets to our program. Her son, Alex, recently graduated from LOL and attends The George Washington University. Padgy was a flight attendant for ten years and a stay-at-home mom.
Tonia Sunderman joined the LOL staff in January, 2014. She has a degree in Finance/Econ from the University of Evansville and earned her elementary teaching certificate from Xavier University. Tonia has served in accounting/bookkeeping positions for 15+ years. She also taught 5th and 6th grades at EH Greene Intermediate School before starting a family. She is married to Dan and they have two children, William and Claire. Although Tonia never saw herself as a homeschooler, her son William attended Leaves and loves it so much that now both William and his sister Claire will be part of our program.Tonia is an avid runner, a wanna-be farmer, and great fun in the office!
Board of Directors
Leaves of Learning is coordinated by a voluntary Board of Directors.