Sioux City educator Kim Buryanek receives recognition for leadership


Kim Buryanek, associate superintendent for the Sioux City Community School District, has been named Iowa’s 2020 Central Office Administrator of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.

In announcing the award, SAI Executive Director Roark Horn said, “Dr. Buryanek not only provides outstanding leadership and service to the school district, but she has also been called to lead regional expertise with initiatives, such as the effort to increase kindergarten readiness throughout the entire Siouxland community. It is her ability to not only lead within but also outside her district that sets her apart. I offer my congratulations to one of Iowa’s truly outstanding leaders!”

Buryanek previously served the district as director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. She began her career as an English teacher. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota, a master’s in educational administration from South Dakota State University and her doctorate in educational leadership from Iowa State University.

She was nominated by her peers, selected for the award by a committee of Iowa central office administrators and will be honored at the association’s Annual Conference.