Steve is married (Kellie) and has four sons, two grandkids. In addition to being a middle school principal and superintendent for the past 29 years, Steve is sought after to speak across the nation on issues dealing with leadership, student connection and motivation, school culture and climate, and preparing our schools to ready our students to pursue their passions. In his third year as a principal, Steve was named the Kansas Middle School Principal of the Year. He has been the recipient of the Milken National Educator Award in 1995. In 2002, Steve was inducted into the Jostens Educator Hall of Fame. In 2013 Steve received the Kansas Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Award. Steve was recently named the KATFACS Kansas Administrator of the Year. Steve is currently the superintendent of schools in Erie, Kansas. Steve recently released his book “Heart 2 Heart Teaching: Building An Enduring Legacy In The Lives of Our Kids.” Educators across the nation are using this book as a support to the power of student-teacher relationships on learning and life. In addition to time spent with his family, school, and speaking, Steve has been involved with “Mountain Man” reenactments, competed in the Scottish Heavy Throwing Events, and has been involved in building community gardens. Steve has also acted in several “Focus On The Family” film bits, commercials, and has even acted in film. Most recently Steve has started a new state student organization called WILD, which focuses on all kinds of outdoors activities. Oh… and Steve also tied for first place at his 1st grade field day competition in the 30-yard dash. Honest… he has the ribbon and everything. ☺
1985 Kansas State University, B.S., Kansas State University, M.S., University of Kansas, Ed.D.
1993 Kansas Middle School Principal of the Year
2002 Jostens National Educators Hall of Fame