Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dian Prestwich, Ph.D. is an independent educational consultant who has worked in the field of education for more than 22 years including 9 years teaching the primary grades, 5 years serving as an instructional coach, and 6 years working at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) as the Assistant Director for the Office of Literacy.
Currently, in addition to teaching part-time for Walden University, Dr. Prestwich is also a full-time lecturer/academic program associate for online programs for the University of Kansas School of Education. She is also an adjunct professor for Adams State University and Western State University in Colorado. Dian trains teachers nationwide in the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS).
Dian received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Northwestern State University and her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Walden University in 2012. Her dissertation, Measuring Preschool Teachers' Perceived Competency and Knowledge of Oral Language Development, included the development of an instrument to measure preschool teachers’ perceived competency and knowledge of strategies for language development.
Dian has been married for 23 years and has 3 children. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, reading, watching her 15-year-old son, Chase, play baseball, and cheering for her beloved Denver Broncos with her 11 year old daughter, Emma, who is a Denver Broncos All-Star Cheerleader. Dian’s oldest son, Evan, is serving our beautiful country in the U.S. Navy.