Steve Werlein's career as an educational leader has taken him not only across the geographic spectrum of the country, but across the diverse public and private educational landscape as well. Steve has proven that when given a rigorous and relevant curriculum, high expectations, and caring, nurturing adults, all students can find success.
As a high school foreign language teacher, he created a home study program for non-native speakers of Spanish in Mexico, and an intensive Spanish course for native speakers. While teaching, he was also the leader of one of the first 1:1 technology initiatives in the state of Illinois. As a school administrator, Steve has served as Assistant Principal of a large, urban middle school near Chicago where he and his team successfully rebuilt the school culture and created an inclusive, positive environment.
After leaving this role, Steve assumed his first principalship which entailed leading a vocational school for students with severe behavioral challenges. His efforts there led to the creation of a unique, blended curriculum which fused practical vocational skills with core academic content and led to many students entering skilled trades and other post- secondary options.
Next, Steve was privileged to serve as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and then Principal at Henry Ford Academy in Chicago which is housed in part of the original Sears Headquarters on the city's west side.
After years of being a midwesterner, Steve decided to explore a foreign country and moved to suburban Austin, Texas where he started a charter high school with 35 students that has since grown to an exemplary rated, K–12 campus with 1,000 students.
Throughout his career, he has been passionate about finding creative, engaging ways to hold students to high standards and feel connected to their learning communities. Outside of school, much of Steve's time is spent sharing the many activities that his nine,seven, and four-year-old children are part of, with a special fondness for youth baseball.
- B.A. in International Political Economy and Spanish from DePaul University
- M.Ed. in Secondary Teaching and Curriculum from DePaul University
- Certificate of Advanced Study in School Leadership from National Louis University
- Currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) at Walden University.