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Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning

College of Education and Professional Studies

Dr. Dia Gary Bio


Dr. Dia Gary


Associate Professor

Contact Information

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  • Telephone: 509-963-1471
  • Office number: Black Hall, room 208-6


Early Childhood Education


2016 Online Instructor: CWU Multi-Modal Certification

2010 National Association of School Psychologists, National Certification

2010 Administration Certification: OSPI Washington State

2010 Ed.D Educational Leadership, George Fox University

2005 School Psychologist Certification: Eastern Washington University

1995 Montessori Certification Elementary I: American Montessori Society

1992 Montessori Certification Preprimary: American Montessori Society

1992 Master’s in Education Professional Development: Heritage University 1992 Elementary Ed Endorsement K-8: CWU 1979 B.A. Education K-8, Psychology 4-12, Health Education 4-12: CWU

Meyers Briggs Personality Assessment: MBTI Certificate: Centers for Psychological Type Inc. (CPTI) August 2013: CPT 2013 (Portland, Oregon).

First Aid Training Defibrillator August 2013: Red Cross Certification

Montessori: Preprimary- 1992

Montessori Elementary I- 1995

TPEP Teacher and Principal Evaluation Training (ESD 105 August 2014)

Online Certification- CWU Multimodal 2016


Gary, D. (2010). Response to intervention (RTI): An ethnographic study of special education directors' attitudes, thoughts, and perceptions working in rural communities in eastern Washington. (April 2010, UMI Publishing Dissertations)

Gary, D. (2015). What is a “good teacher”? Does “good” resonate with the edTPA? Northwest Journal of Teacher Education. (Winter 2015). Retrieved from

Georgeson, T., Erion, V., & Gary, D. (2013). Threefold partnership. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Conference on Mentoring in Higher Education (pp. 1-5). Albuquerque, NM. University of New Mexico.

Gary, D., & Mathias, K. (2016). The effectiveness of peer review and preparation of teacher candidates for the edTPA. National Teacher Education Journal, 9 (2) pp.57-60.

Gary, D. (2016). A global experience; Teaching international students in an international setting. Journal of Educational Research and innovation, 6 (1) pp. 1-9.

Gary, D. (2016). Bilingual education; histories, controversies, and the philosophies that drive it. Journal of Modern Language Teaching Methods, 6 (1) pp. 256-263

Gary, D. (2017). I saw warsaw. International Travel News (November)


ATLAS I GRANT; National Board of Professional Teaching Standards 2013-15

Gary, D. (October, 2013). Impact and effectiveness of developmental relationships. Presentation at the University of New Mexico.

Gary, D. (October, 2013). The threefold partnership: Collaboration and mentoring program with the Ellensburg school district Central Washington University, and Pre-service teacher candidates. Presentation at the University of New Mexico.

Gary, D. (April, 2014). Threefold partnership: collaboration and mentoring program with the Ellensburg school district, Central Washington University, and Pre-service teacher candidates. Presentation at the Association of Childhood International Global Summit, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Gary, D. (June, 2014). Teaming without tears. Identification of personality traits/dispositions, and implementing strengths in team situations. Early Learning Conference, Yakima, Washington.

Gary, D. (November, 2014). Teaming without tears: A Meyer’s Briggs training session. WAEYC: Seattle/Tacoma, Washington.

Gary, D. (November, 2014). A global experience; Teaching in an international setting. WAEYC: Seattle/Tacoma, Washington.

Gary, D. (March, 2015). ATLAS Panel Discussion. NBPTS: Teaching and learning, Washington, D.C.

Gary, D. (May, 2014). Teach internationally: A perspective change. Infant and Toddler Conference, Tacoma, Washington.

Gary, D. (October, 2015). Building positive relationships by knowing yourself. WAEYC: Seattle/Tacoma, Washington.

Gary, D. (May, 2017) Oh the places you will go; Teach internationally. Presentation for the Department of World Languages, Ellensburg, Washington, Central Washington University.

Research Interests

Global and Cultural Competency Early Childhood and Special Education Teaching Internationally Education Abroad

Professional Organizations

National Association of School Psychologists Association for School Curriculum and Development Association of Childhood International

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