Steve has been working with at-risk students his entire professional career. He holds a Bachelor degree in Secondary Education and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership. He is certified in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Business, Computers, and Information Technology K-12 Teacher. Furthermore, he has completed numerous trainings in the fields of alternative education, management, crisis intervention, student services, social skills and coping skills, and organizational culture and development. Specifically, Steve has completed intensive training in Leadership Grid, Boys Town Safe School Program, Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program and Handle With Care Crisis Intervention Program.
Steve began his career working at Foundations Behavioral Health, in the capacity of Mental Health Technician in Doylestown, PA. This experience was impactful, as he developed a thorough understanding of behavior, and the importance of a therapeutic environment. He then worked with Camelot Schools in the capacity of teacher, lead teacher, team leader, and managing director. While working at Camelot he was influential in implementing residential and alternative education programs in Philadelphia PA, Camden NJ, and Wichita KS. While working in Kansas, Steve facilitated the transformation of a psychiatric residential facility. He ensured that the facility was in compliance with all regulatory bodies.
Steve next moved on to Success Schools. As the Chief School Administrator for Success Schools. He supervised all of the company’s operations, which included 150 staff and over 1500 students. Steve was responsible for quality management, training, facility management, budgets and other operational duties. He also designed, created, and presented materials to the Pittsburgh Public Schools and Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska. Steve designed a training curriculum for Pittsburgh that was delivered to Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent, Superintendent’s cabinet, and district administration. Furthermore, he has observed and provided Lincoln Public Schools with a school wide behavior plan to implement for their emotional support and emotionally disturbed populations. Success Schools maintained sites in Richmond VA, Philadelphia PA, Harrisburg PA, York PA, and Pittsburgh PA.
Steve was also an independent consultant for Memphis Street Academy which is an American Paradigmn School, located in Philadelphia, PA. While working with Memphis Street Academy, Steve implemented a school-wide behavior plan. This resulted in a 79% reduction in suspensions and increased overall average daily attendance.
In 2013, Steve co-founded Executive Education Academy Charter School (EEACS). EEACS is a K-12 public charter school that serves students from the Lehigh Valley. The school has a career and work force ready focus. Steve also supports Pittsburgh Public Schools with developing consulting services for its alternative education populations. Steve has facilitated trainings for numerous public and private entities, and was a presenter at the 2012 National Alternative Education Conference.