St. Anthony School Staff Member Bio
Denise “Kiana” Cornell is so very excited to be teaching back on her island home of Maui, Hawaii after spending the last twenty years in the mainland. She is a graduate of St. Anthony Grade School, and loves teaching here. She attended Boston College where she received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Human Development. She is a world traveler who has journeyed her way to different parts of the world with the International Cast Up With People group in 1987 while staying with host-families all across the globe. This experience truly helped her appreciate and cherish the many diverse people and cultures she’s experienced throughout her life. Additionally she is proud to have had meaningful professional experiences outside of the classroom such as being the Community Relations manager for the San Jose, Earthquakes, MLS soccer team in their inaugural year which is where she met her husband. Throughout her 16 years as an educator of various ESL, Dyslexic, Special Needs, and Gifted and Talented students in Texas, she has develop a great passion towards teaching Writing. This last May, she received a Teacher of the Year Award at Sparks Elementary, recognizing her excellence in teaching. She also received the PTA Lifetime Achievement Award honoring her as an active community leader and advocate for her students. Kiana enjoys various hobbies and activities. She loves sharing her talents with our St. Anthony School community by playing and singing for our Lord during assemblies, school masses, or prayer services. She is very happy to currently teach 4th and 5th grade English, Language Arts, and Social Studies. She’s most excited to teach Hawaiian History in fourth grade and loves being called Kumu Cornell by her students. Diana has lived on Maui for 20 years. She joined St. Anthony School just this past Fall 2018 bringing with her many years of experience in technology and STEM education. Although she has been an educator for 22 years, it hasn’t all been in a traditional classroom.