Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education (KSSA Talk #29)

Diane DeBackerDr. Diane DeBacker, Kanas Commissioner of Education, has been working in education for the past 32 years. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in education, Dr. DeBacker holds a Master’s of Education in curriculum and instruction, an Educational Administration Certification, district level certification and a Doctorate of Educational Administration and Leadership.

Her varied experience includes classroom instruction at the high school and university levels and four years as a member of a local board of education.  She has been an administrator at the building and district levels and has been with the State Department of Education a total of 11 years, serving as Director of School Improvement and Accreditation and also Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Learning and Innovative Services.

Dr. DeBacker served for nearly a year as the Interim Commissioner of Education before being named Commissioner by the Kansas State Board of Education in September 2010. As the State’s chief education officer, she provides leadership to the Kansas State Department of Education in carrying out the policies and programs prescribed by the State Board of Education, to ensure the necessary oversight and support is provided to assist Kansas schools, educators and students in achieving their goals.

Throughout her career, Dr. DeBacker has been sought out by schools, districts, education organizations and others for her educational insights as well as her clear thinking around the issues and challenges facing policy makers, educators and students.

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