I am Diane Simmler and I love Maine! I was born in Farmington and my family lives all over the state. I didn't grow up here, and I always wanted to come home. I finally did back in 1998. I live in Bowdoin now with my husband of 38 years, Fran. Our sons Erik, Micah, and Adam, our daughter Anna grew up here, and live nearby!

When I came back to Maine there was little in the way of Maine Studies curriculum available. It was a required course, but homeschooling parents, and even public school teachers, were left to create their own comprehensive study. So, I started typing. Finally after testing page after page with my boys, in 2004 I had a workbook for Maine families to use. I've edited a few things over the year, and then in 2020 published a new edition. Hundreds of students have enjoyed learning about Maine with the Maine Studies Workbook! 

Our kids have all graduated from homeschooling. Three are married and we have seven grandchildren! As grandparents, we hope to spend time in the coming years discovering Maine with the new little people in our lives!