Dionne Tarpenning loves the arts, travel, family, and learning new things. A graduate of BYU, she also studied in Hawaii and Spain and lived in Italy for 1 1/2 years. She speaks Spanish and Italian and loves to teach Spanish to her students. Dionne grew up in Southern California and never saw snow until she was in college. She still loves to go to the beach.
Dionne taught aerobics for 15 years and is an advocate for physical fitness and healthy eating. She is currently in a female barbershop quartet and chorus, which are a part of Sweet Adelines International. She also loves to dance, whether it be ballroom, jazz, hip hop, folk dance, hula, or just about any other kind of dance. She has taught folk dance to children for many years. Mrs. Tarpenning, or "Mrs. T", has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th grades. She loves them all and teaching children is her "happy place".