Diane Faison-Mckinzie grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. She is a graduate of the original historical Atkins High School in Winston. Diane received her Bachelor of Art/Art Education degree from North Carolina Central University, and did her graduate studies at Longwood University in Farmville, VA and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.. Diane has had the privilege of teaching students from the ages of kindergarten to college level in both North Carolina as well as Virginia. Mrs. Faison-Mckinzie’s teaching career spans over 25 years. She has been the recipient of the Winston-Salem Arts Council mini-grant, The Wells Fargo for Arts in Education grant, The Regional Artists Project (Alamance County) grant, and a second year recipient of The Puffin Foundation of New York grant. Mrs. Faison-Mckinzie now resides in Gibsonville, NC with her husband, Mr. Crawford Mckinzie. Their family includes seven grown children, and eighteen grandchildren.