Our Faculty

Diane Tortu

Faculty Advisor for the Literacy Tutors program

Diane taught at the Lexington School for the Deaf in East Elmhurst, New York, from 1978 to 2002. During that time she held various positions including speech and language teacher, kindergarten, first, second, third, and fifth grade teacher. From 2004 to 2009 she became an instructor and advisor in the Reading and Literacy Program at Bank Street College. She returned to Lexington School for the Deaf in 2009 to work as the Literacy Coordinator for the school, which included The Ready to Learn Program for Infants, Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High School departments. After retiring from Lexington in 2016, she returned to the Bank Street College Reading and Literacy Program as an instructor and advisor. Diane still maintains a connection to Lexington School for the Deaf where she advises elementary and middle school teachers in literacy.

“The More you Read, the more Things you will Know. The More you Learn, the more Places you’ll Go!” Dr. Seuss

Educational Background

MA, Special Education, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Teachers College, Columbia University