New Superintendent Dan Stepenosky

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New Superintendent Dan Stepenosky

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In the beginning of August, current Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources Dan Stepenosky will replace Dr. Donald Zimring as the Las Virgenes Unified School District superintendent. He told The Courier about his new role and his plans for the future.

Q: How is your new position different than your current one and what exactly does your new role entail?

A: It is sort of like going from an Assistant Principal to Principal. Now I will oversee and lead the entire program and all schools, instead of being in charge of a portion of the operations.  The role of the superintendent is to show leadership and inspiration and model what we expect from our staff and students.

 

Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: I have ideas like expanding options for students and parents (like Mariposa and IB program), one to one technology for students, all schools wireless and supporting a dramatically expanded T.H.E. Foundation. I am currently meeting individually with board members, cabinet members, principals and association leadership to get these ideas into actions.  I want to focus on student learning, focus on building relationship across the board, with other school districts, with our wonderful cities and within the organization.

 

Q: What qualities of yours make you the best candidate for this position?

A: My experiences have helped me develop strong leadership skills.  I was in the US Navy for four and a half years and had the chance to see terrific and terrible leaders and I’ve been able to learn a lot about leadership from them.  I was also an AP Physics teacher, that academic background has given me a strong sense for what our students and staff need to achieve.  I think I’ve been successful at building strong, honest, direct, and respectful relationships across the board, and I am committed to continuing to improve the programs!

 

Q: What are you most looking forward to as the LVUSD superintendent?

A: I am thrilled to begin this important work.  I cannot think of a more noble profession than working with students, helping them learn, grow and stretch to become all they can.

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