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Superintendent is Storyteller in Chief

Dr. Steve Webb was Washington's Superintendent of the Year

storytellingDr. Steve Webb has been superintendent of the Vancouver Public Schools in Washington since 2008. Like most superintendents, he started as a teacher, and in his case, a high school teacher and coach.

Steve has 32 years of education experience and he has come to a novel conclusion as to what his main role is as superintendent. According to Steve, a superintendent is a Storyteller in Chief whose main objective is to tell the story of the district to the community. In his words, “we’ve got to craft a hopeful narrative about public education in this country and, frankly, a hopeful narrative for children and families locally.”

Steve believes in the importance of having an active presence and impact in the classrooms, as well as in the community. It’s part of the job that comes naturally to him with a positive attitude of maintaining a vested interest in the success of every student of the district.

Steve was named the Washington State Superintendent of the Year in 2016. It’s clear from our conversation that he deserves all the honors he has received. 

About Dr. Steven Webb:

Dr. Steven T. Webb became superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools in July 2008. He joined the district as deputy superintendent in 2006.

A native of Washington State, Steve grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Bethel High School. He earned an educational doctorate from Seattle University, a master of arts in teaching from Lewis and Clark College, and a bachelor of arts in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound.

Steve has a distinguished 32-year career in public education in Washington and California, serving as superintendent, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent for secondary learning and technology, principal and assistant principal, high school teacher and coach. He is the 2016-17 president-elect of the Washington Association of School Administrators. Webb also is a member of Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, the Western States Benchmarking Consortium, the Coalition for Community Schools, the Horace Mann League and AASA’s Digital Consortium.

Steve was named the 2016 Washington State Superintendent of the Year and was one of four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year. Also in 2016, Webb was named a Leader to Learn From by Education Week, and he received the Community Schools Superintendent Leadership Award from the Coalition for Community Schools; Institute for Educational Leadership; and AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

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Further Reading
  1. The Columbus Dispatch – Education-assist partnership off to slow start
  2. Education Dive – Impact