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.
Over 1300 staff members gathered at the Civic Center for the Welcome Back Convocation 2021 for our teachers and classified staff where Dr. Fred Dierksen shared his vision and top three goals for the year. Goal one is Literacy. We will continue focusing resources and efforts so that all students will learn to read. His second goal is the commitment to the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Department and their work for our students and families. We must understand our student’s stories and the value of diversity in our schools and our community. The third goal is for all to realize that Every Encounter Is Important (EEII). Each teacher and staff member has numerous touchpoints with students or co-workers throughout the day; these encounters change lives. Dr. Dierksen said that we would rely on COMMON SENSE to navigate the school year.
In closing, he reminded all of us that “Education is an honorable career. Your efforts will touch our community, our country, and our world.”