Steve is an experienced educator and thought leader in the progressive independent school world. He is a dynamic and humorous speaker, with a focus on incorporating character education, such as gratitude and mindfulness, into year-long school-wide themes that enhance school culture for students, teachers, staff, and parents.
Steve believes in child-centered, hands-on, creative learning. He understands that quality education is a cumulative, integrated process, and that a strong school community fosters growth and learning, and nurtures respect, responsibility and risk-taking. He is dedicated to working with professional educators who teach to the whole child and have a strong foundation in developmentally appropriate practice, giving children meaningful choices and a clear path to discover who they are.
Steve currently serves as the Head of School at Friends’ School in Boulder, a co-ed day school, serving children in preschool through fifth grade, and training teachers through its highly regarded Teacher Preparation Program. He chairs the Annual Conference of the Association of Colorado Independent Schools, and has been selected as a practitioner-expert by the Making Caring Common Project of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He was recently asked to present on his school’s ‘Gratitude Project’ at the National Association of Independent Schools.
Steve was a teacher, administrator, teacher educator, and creative director for twenty years before beginning his post as a head of school.
Steve is enthusiastic about the arts and enjoys writing and directing theater. Originally from Storrington, West Sussex in the south of England, he grew up in traditional English boarding schools and moved to Colorado after graduating from college.
He is passionate about supporting schools educate children with open hearts and minds as their students grow and explore, and develop self-awareness and an understanding of themselves in an ever-evolving world.