“Education has always been my passion and serving on the school board will allow me to continue to be an advocate for the children, parents, teachers and the people of the Bradley County and specifically the 4th District,” she said.
“My life is guided by these principals: honesty is the best policy, hard work always pays off, treat others like you want to be treated, and have strong moral and family values. My promise to the 4th District is to be open and honest and serve with integrity.”
Calfee’s home is on Chatata Valley Road. She is married to Terry Calfee, and they have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Upon completing an undergraduate degree in elementary and special education from Middle Tennessee State University, Calfee taught 18 years at Bradley Central High School.
“I have instructed some of Bradley County’s finest citizens and made lifelong friendships that are very special to me.”
Diana also holds a master’s plus-45 degree in administration and supervision.
For 11 years, she was the director of Special Education and Federal Projects, preparing and managing school district budgets, planning instructional programs for schools and the district and working directly with principals and the superintendent.
In 2007, Calfee was a finalist for Tennessee Supervisor of the Year. She retired in 2009 with 30 years as Tennessee educator and administrator.
Since retirement, Mrs. Calfee was an instructor at Cleveland State Community College for two years and contracted work as an academic specialist, helping focus schools increase academic achievement.
She was appointed to the dean’s board of advisers for the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, at the University of Tennessee five years ago.
Calfee has many concerns about Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluation and the new assessments administered to students.
She stated, “It is too much, too fast. I look forward to discussing my concerns with the constituents in the 4th District and the county.”
Calfee is very active in First United Methodist Church, where her family has been members for 37 years.
“Terry and I have deep family ties in Bradley County and have been proud to call this place our lifelong home. My grandparents were Jessie and Aimer Ball and Horace and Stella Hall, all of Cleveland. My parents, Lang and Devada Ball, were pillars in my life and always encouraged me work hard and treat all people with kindness. I have one sister, Elang Ball Holden of Cleveland.
Terry’s parents were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Calfee and they raised seven children on a farm on Benton Pike. His family owned the general store on Benton Pike that many remember to this day.
When speaking to a constituent on the campaign trail, a man said to me, ‘Every Calfee has a middle name, and it’s hard work.’ Terry and I promote the family and moral values handed down through the generations by our parents.”
“Many people encouraged me to run for school board, and I have accepted this challenge with excitement. I have been attending school board meetings for over a year now and see many ways to contribute and make improvements.
“I am asking everyone in the 4th District to review my credentials and decide who you would want managing your tax dollars. I promise to listen and represent the 4th District in an honorable manner.
“I have the experience and expertise to make a difference. You can trust me to be open and honest and never use this position for personal gain or political favors,” she said.