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  • ACCOUNTING Instructor
  • ACCT 101, Practical Accounting
  • BS, Arizona State University
  • MBA, San Diego State University
  • VOICEMAIL: 760.757.2121 x1383
  • EMAIL: ddiskin@miracosta.edu
Dawn Diskin
ACCT 101 Class

Dawn Diskin, CPA, MBA has over twenty years of business experience in finance and accounting in San Diego.  Her experience includes auditing large publicly-held companies as well as providing accounting and financial counseling to small entrepreneurial businesses.  Dawn started her career at KPMG Peat Marwick as an auditor and then left public accounting to attend graduate school at San Diego State University. While attending SDSU, she worked at Wells Fargo Bank as assistant controller for the Consumer Credit Division.  Most recently, she formed her own consulting firm assisting small and mid-sized companies with accounting and finance matters.  Dawn has a continued passion for learning and teaching.  She previously taught Becker CPA Review courses and graduate level accounting and finance courses at Keller Graduate School of Management.

Dawn’s teaching philosophy favors the practical application of accounting. Every business needs to keep track of their finances and manage them wisely. This is especially true in today’s economic climate.  Dawn strives to keep the class interesting and relevant. She wants each student to feel the classroom experience was valuable and that the accounting concepts taught were easier to understand when applied to the “real world."

Dawn has been active in various local professional organizations, including serving as President of the American Woman’s Society of CPAs.  Dawn has a BS in Accounting from Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from San Diego State University graduating magna cum laude.


ACCT 101 (online)

ACCT 101 (hybrid)


ACCT 101:1261 Spring 2016 (online)
ACCT 101:1266 Spring 2015 (online)

ACCT 101:1002 Fall 2015 (online)
ACCT 158:1015 Fall 2015 (online)


ACCT 101 Pt1 Pt2


IMPORTANT NOTE on CLOSED Classes: All the online classes and many of the on-campus classes close quickly. You should register ASAP if you are interested in any class. If you change your mind, please drop the class immediately so others can enroll. If the class is closed, consider the Wait List procedures; be aware of the rules and the limitations. Otherwise, consider these options: 1) register for another section if available; 2) register for another class; 3) consider registering in a future semester; 4) show up for the first day of an on-campus class and discuss with the instructor; or 5) forget about it and move on. The instructor will not intervene with the wait list procedure.

Please be aware that, once a class reaches maximum enrollment and “closes,” on or after the first day of the semester, even if “available” spaces appear on SURF due to drops, it is within the instructor's complete discretion on whether to add more students at that time. Drops after the first day are normal attrition and are factored in when setting the maximum enrollment. The class has started and important assignments and subject matter have already been covered. Please do not email the instructor. Thank you for your understanding.

On-Campus Class Evaluations:
Fall 2012: ACCT101:1003

Teaching Philosophy/Style and Class Management/Activities

I believe that learning is one of the most important tools in living a fun, interesting and productive life. The world around you is in a constant state of change and being able to adapt and learn new material is critical to your success – whether it is about debits and credits or how to use the latest and greatest technology that will make your life more efficient or entertaining.

My teaching philosophy favors the practical application of accounting. Every business needs to keep track of their finances and manage them wisely. This is especially true in today’s economic climate. I witness it every day in my consulting practice, where I assist small businesses in making the most of the resources they have and help them manage their businesses effectively by paying attention to the bottom line. Since I have various different clients with accounting issues that come up daily, I can bring those stories to the classroom and the students can benefit from “real-world” scenarios. I have also had the pleasure of finding work for several of my prior students since I am working every day in the accounting field.

I look forward to helping you learn and acquire skills that can help you for a lifetime.