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Diana Sirko

Leadership Program Coordinator & Instructor

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Dominguez Hall 109J



PhD, Educational Leadership and Innovation: CU-Denver
MA, Educational Technology with post graduate work for Principal Licensure certificate and Mathematics: CU-Colorado Springs
BS, Biological Sciences and Chemistry: University of Northern Colorado 


Diana Sirko, PhD, is in her 43rd year as a Colorado educator, she is teaching graduate principal and teacher leadership classes at Colorado Mesa University, coordinating the Educational Leadership program and teaching an undergraduate methods class to students preparing for student teaching in mathematics. Before coming to CMU, Sirko served as Deputy Commissioner of Education at the Colorado Department of Education overseeing all topics related to curriculum, assessment and instruction at the state level, including the implementation of Colorado Academic Standards, the Educator Effectiveness legislation, statewide accountability systems, statewide assessments and educator licensure. She was a superintendent of schools in Colorado for 12 years, deputy and assistant superintendent for curriculum, assessment and instruction for 7 years, principal for 6 years, professional development supervisor for 2 years and taught math and science for 13 years. Her experience includes working in urban, suburban and rural school districts, from 1,600 to 32,000 students.

Before being employed by CMU in her current position, Sirko was also a part-time adjunct professor since 1988 at CU-Colorado Springs, University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, Adams State University, University of Phoenix and the previous three years at CMU-teaching one to two classes a year.  Sirko believes in strong student engagement by actively involving students in the learning process and promoting a healthy balance in every classroom between teacher talk and student discussion and presentation.

Sirko loves to read educational and leadership research, play golf, ski and watch high school, college and pro football.