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Steven Estepp is in his 24th year serving public education. As both a teacher and administrator, he has dedicated himself to improving the achievement of students – both inside and outside the classroom.
Mr. Estepp began his career as a high school English and video production teacher in the Dublin City School District, and began his administrative experience in the Newark City School District serving for two years as Broadcast Manager. In this position, Mr. Estepp was a catalyst in the development and expansion of the school district’s communications department. In 2002, he moved to the Hilliard City School District as an assistant principal at Hilliard Davidson High School. Here, he piloted the restructuring of the school into smaller learning communities – implementing several initiatives aimed at improving student achievement.
In the fall of 2006, Mr. Estepp became the principal of Weaver Middle School in the Hilliard City School District, where he created opportunities for teacher collaboration, implemented immediate and effective intervention programs, and led the development of common assessments to ensure all students received a strong standards-based educational opportunity. By the conclusion of his tenure as principal, every student subgroup at Weaver Middle School showed growth through on all state assessments for the first time in school history.
Mr. Estepp then became the director of secondary education for the Hilliard City School District in 2008, where he implemented a balanced assessment system to guide instructional decisions, launched a comprehensive pre-engineering program, expanded early college opportunities for district students, initiated a needs-based staffing model, and created a consistent, vertically-aligned K-12 educational experience for students through the 2020 strategic planning project. He then became the executive director of K-12 curriculum & instruction at Hilliard, where he worked within all aspects of school district operations ranging from personnel, finances, community engagement, to teaching and learning. As the district’s chief academic officer, Mr. Estepp led the district academically, earning the district consistent ratings by the State of Ohio as Excellent with Distinction, achieving the highest performance index scores in district history, and earning the highest value added score in the state. He also led the charge to open the district’s McVey Innovative Learning Center to offer personalized, 21st century learning experiences for all students in partnership with stakeholders in the school district and greater community.
Mr. Estepp joined us as superintendent of Mariemont City Schools in July 2013. As our superintendent, Mr. Estepp has led the development of Destination 2026, a strategic plan to chart the instructional future of the school district. This comprehensive report encompasses the work of nearly 50 teachers, administrators, parents, and business leaders and serves as the instructional blueprint for the Mariemont City School District. Mr. Estepp’s passion for creating the student experience remains the cornerstone of his work, evidenced by the launch of Warriors BEyond, our flagship program for student opportunities offered to amplify the curriculum, including enrichment experiences, travel opportunities, career exploration and service learning for students at all grade levels.
Additionally, under Mr. Estepp’s leadership, the school district has established high yield instructional strategies to be used in every classroom, implemented a research-based and consistent framework for literacy and mathematics instruction, put structures in place for teacher collaboration and data analysis and provides comprehensive intervention services to students needing additional academic support. The Mariemont City School District is consistently ranked as one of the top academically performing school districts in both the state and nation.
Mr. Estepp is also a strong advocate for mental health, and during his tenure, the Mariemont City Schools has significantly expanded its services and programming at all grade levels to support the mental health needs of students.
Mr. Estepp believes in the importance of strong partnerships with all stakeholders of our school district. To gather feedback and input, he has established a superintendent’s advisory council and student curriculum committee and meets with these groups on a regular basis. Mr. Estepp also initiated the Warrior Club to engage and involve community members who no longer have children attending our schools.
In addition to his work with Mariemont City Schools, Mr. Estepp has worked with schools throughout the country on the development of high-quality 9th grade transition programs to better prepare students for school success. He has been a featured presenter at many conferences including the Battelle for Kids State Conference, the Ohio School Board Association’s State Conference, the Ohio ACT Conference, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s National Conference. Recently, Mr. Estepp was named on the “Superintendents to Watch” list by the National School Public Relations Association for modeling and leading effective communication technology efforts with both internal and external constituents.
He graduated top of his class from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in English education. His master’s degree from Ashland University is in education administration, and he completed his superintendent’s licensure program at The Ohio State University.
Mr. Estepp is a member of our local Kiwanis chapter, is a member of the BASA legislative committee and the executive committee of both the Alliance for High Quality Education and the High Aims learning consortium. He is also a member of the governing board for the Hamilton Clermont Collaborative and works as a volunteer EMT for the Terrace Park EMS department.
Mr. Estepp resides in Terrace Park with his wife, Amy, and their children, Cameryn, Audrey and Talon.