HI, I AM MATT DIERS
WHERE I COME FROM
Matt Diers was born and raised in Colorado. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served four years and retired as a platoon sergeant of a global rapid deployment rifle company to anywhere around the globe. In 1987, Matt earned his teaching license and began his 33 career in public education at Cedaredge High School. Matt taught life science and coached basketball and baseball while he and his wife raised two sons and a daughter.
A THRIVING CAREER
From 1999 through 2014, Matt’s leadership led to the transformation of Palisade High School from a small rural high school of 900 students to the highly renowned International Baccalaureate High School of over 1,100 students. Exemplifying and leading change through a focus on student accountability, teacher professional development and active community involvement, Matt’s vision for providing unprecedented educational opportunities in Mesa County families became a reality. During the last years of his tenure, Palisade High School earned the Colorado Governor's Distinction Award 4 years in a row (2011-2014).
Throughout his career at Palisade High School, Matt helped thousands of students and families achieve high levels of education and access to a variety of new and post-secondary opportunities.In 2014, he was offered the position of Executive Director of High Schools and Academic Options, a position that would allow him to help effect change across the district and impact many more students and families. It was during this time that he forged strong relationships with the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, Grand Junction Economic Partnership, Mesa County Workforce Center, Western Colorado Community College, Colorado Mesa University, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Grand Junction Police. After 31 years, Matt retired from Public Education in the summer of 2018. When Matt retired from his public education career, he saw an opportunity to pursue other personal interests. Along with aspirations to hold public office as a Mesa County Commissioner, Matt has changed 8 acres of wine grapes into 8 acres of Palisade peaches. Matt is growing a small business of property management and real estate agent. He is a faculty member at Colorado Mesa University and Colorado Christian University in the Education Departments.