Dr. Dierksen obtained his post-secondary education from Sterling College, Fort Hays State University, and received his Doctorate of Educational Administration from Wichita State University. His first teaching position was in Jetmore, Kansas, where he was quickly promoted to Principal, later to Principal of Sterling Grade School, where he transitioned to Superintendent of Sterling Public Schools. While in Sterling, Kansas, he expanded programs and grant funding to support ongoing learning for pre-K through 12th grade students.
As an active community member, Dr. Dierksen has served on numerous boards and advisory councils. Most recently, serving on the Governor's Council of Education, and as chair-elect for the Council of Superintendents for Kansas State Department of Education. He has received many honors, including SCKMEA Administrator of the Year, 2015.
Relationships and connections are vital to Dr. Dierksen. He believes that "Every Encounter Is Important," and that is how he rates the success of each day. His leadership focus is on literacy proficiency for all students.
Dr. Dierksen and his wife Susan, have five grown children. They enjoy traveling, skiing, and cruising in their 1959 Fiat.
It is my pleasure to welcome our school family to the 2022-2023 school year. There has been a lot of work and preparation for the new year, and we are excited for the great things that our students and staff will accomplish this year. As your superintendent, I am very grateful for how our district and families successfully navigated the pandemic. We relied on common sense and kept our focus on learning in the classroom. We will continue with the same approach by keeping reading and math at the heart of teaching to support our students at every grade level as they learn and grow.
One of my guiding principles is “Every Encounter is Important” and that every day at school is the perfect opportunity to treat each student and employee with kindness and respect. I am encouraging each one of us to behave this way despite the challenging events affecting our nation and world. Our students deserve the very best from all of us, and we must be the positive example to those around us.
I have proudly been the leader of the district for five years, and I know that individually and collectively we are growing each year. We have received many impressive distinctions including National Coach of the Year, Kansas Teacher of the Year, and Miss Kansas. Our students are reaching for the star with national titles, solo and cross-country aviation flights through JROTC programs, and prestigious scholarships to the best schools in the country. We have much to celebrate!