College of Education and Professional Studies

Faculty Biographies : Jan Byers-Kirsh

Faculty Member


Jan Byers-Kirsch

Jan Byers-Kirsch


  • B.A. Elementary Education, Boise State University, Boise, ID
  • M.Ed. Education, College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID
  • Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy, Boise State University

Department Affiliation:

  • Educational Foundations and Curriculum


  • Assistant Professor

Responsibility at CWU:

  • Director of Field Services

Noteworthy Info:

  • I was most recently served as an Assistant Professor and Director of Field Services at Adams State College in Alamosa, CO. I was an adjunct instructor at Boise State University and a Title I Coordinator for the State Dept. of Education in Boise, Idaho. I have a passion for creating exemplary teachers and have developed training programs for teachers and paraeducators. I also was the warden’s assistant in a minimum security prison for the Idaho Dept. of Correction while I finished my dissertation, the Newspaper in Education Coordinator at The Idaho Statesman newspaper and an Education Business Connections Manager for the School to Work program. I enjoy being involved in the community and spending leisure time in the mountains. Originally from Idaho, I am happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest and love Ellensburg! My husband, Russ, and I share 5 grown children, 5 grandchildren and 3 small, very spoiled dogs.