Diane Haleas is an award-winning educator with over 27 years teaching experience at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Government and International Relations and earned a Master’s Degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. Ms. Haleas is among the 3% of educators in the United States to have earned National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification.
She has been the director of the internationally-recognized Saint Ignatius Model United Nations (SIMUN) program since 1999. The SIMUN team won the Model UN National Championship at the North American Invitational Model UN Conference in Washington, DC. The SIMUN team has been recognized by bestdelegate.com as one of the top Model UN programs in the country. SIMUN team members have competed in conferences throughout the United States at the most prestigious colleges and universities including Columbia, Georgetown, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Boston College, Yale, Harvard, Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern, Florida International, the University of Miami, and William and Mary. SIMUN team members have won countless awards for their exceptional diplomatic skills at each of these conferences. In addition, SIMUN has traveled abroad to compete in international Model UN conferences such as St. Petersburg, Russia, Beijing, China, Oldenburg, Germany, and Alkmaar, Netherlands.