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Dr. Steve Webb (photo by Katharine Kimball)

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, Webb 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.

Webb has a distinguished 33-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 2017-18 president 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.

Webb 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. In 2015, Webb received the Horace Mann League Ambassador Award, and was named a Future Ready Leader by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, the Education Research and Development Institute awarded Webb with the prestigious Mike Kneale Educational Excellence in Leadership Award in 2016. In 2014, Webb was one of eight public school leaders in the nation selected by eSchool News as a Tech-Savvy Superintendent. In 2011, he was honored with the Leadership Through Communication Award given by the American Association of School Administrators, National School Public Relations Association and Blackboard Connect. Webb also received the 2011 Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award from the Washington Association of School Administrators.

Webb is a frequent presenter at state, regional and national conferences and is a published author in professional journals. He is a hands-on leader who regularly visits classrooms at 37 school sites and periodically works the various jobs of the district’s 3,400 employees.

Webb is involved in the community through many civic organizations. He currently serves on the boards for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, and he is a member of the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Council.

On the Job with Steve

To better understand the contributions of VPS employees, Superintendent Steve Webb works various district jobs on VPS’ own reality show! You’ll find past episodes on the menu in the upper left corner of the video below.

Webb eNews

Episode 57: A family effort

June 13th, 2017|

Positive relationships bolster students when their focus is lagging, or life intervenes in challenging ways, and let them know that we want every one of them to be successful.

Episode 56: A team that works

May 24th, 2017|

Fifteen Alki students from the leadership class and structured communication program worked through a series of warm-ups and stretches. Then they moved onto skills: those that can be used in soccer, like passing, as well as social skills that can be used off the pitch.

Episode 55: Resilience

March 29th, 2017|

We know that life tragedies can and do happen. Things that can irrevocably alter one’s circumstances. Especially if no support is available.

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In the media

Visit King, Lake Shore elementary schools Oct. 28

Superintendent Steve Webb will host the first patron tour of the 2016–2017 school year. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic teaching and learning opportunities at Martin Luther King Jr. and Lake Shore elementary schools.