Office of the Superintendent
Dr. Diana Sirko
The current district superintendent, appointed January 2013, is Diana Sirko. In her 38 years in education, Sirko has worked in urban, suburban, and rural school districts, serving in the role of superintendent, deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction, assistant superintendent of instruction, supervisor for staff development, elementary principal, as well as a math and science teacher for 13 years at all three levels. At each of the districts where Sirko worked, she successfully raised student achievement with staff collaboration. As the Deputy Commissioner of Education, Sirko oversaw the implementation of the new Colorado Academic Standards, which include the Common Core, the administration of all Colorado state assessments, and the development of new assessments to measure the mastery of the new standards.
During her career, she focused on building the capacity of teachers and leaders to establish high expectations for all staff and students and created an ambitious course of action to reach those expectations. She helped lay the foundation for the implementation of the Great Teachers and Leaders Legislation, which promotes professional quality standards for both teachers and leaders and incorporates student outcomes as 50 percent of an educator’s evaluation.
Sirko holds a BA from the University of Northern Colorado, an MA from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has served as an adjunct professor in educational leadership programs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs since 1988, the University of Denver, Adams State College, and is the Director of the Principal Leadership Academy for the Colorado Association of School Executives. Sirko has done extensive professional development in many districts across the state for the past 20 years, training over 5,000 educators on a variety of educational strategies and utilizing data to inform instruction.