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Steven Ward: How I got here

Steven Ward Year One Choose901

Photo by Carla McDonald

I’m Steven, a 33-year-old educator and administrator originally from Washington, D.C.

For approximately a decade, I grew up in Hershey, PA, (which explains why I’m a Pittsburgh Steelers fan) with drifting smells of chocolate floating through the air as I went to school. Not a bad place to grow up, eh? I returned to the Washington metropolitan area when I was 14 years old, and stayed in the area, including college at Virginia State University where I majored in animal science, and Trinity Washington University where I earned my Masters in School Administration. I enjoy working out, dining out, attending live performances and concerts, traveling, reading, watching classic movies, and serving the community with my fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. I’m super excited to be sharing this journey of my first year in Memphis, and I hope to develop a love for it that rivals the natives I’ve met!

I came to Memphis as a part of Accelerate Institute’s Ryan Fellowship, an aspiring principals program that selects individuals deeply committed to urban education and prepares them to the transformational leaders in schools not only in Memphis, but in Chicago, Milwaukee, Baton Rouge, and New York City, just to name a few. I taught high school science in a variety of schools in the Washington, D.C. area, and was most recently an administrator at a K-8 school there. Memphis, and really the whole state of Tennessee, has a very interesting educational landscape at the moment, and part of the pull that brought me here was that professionally, I could think of no other place that is doing some of the most innovative things with educating our young citizens. For MTR to TFA, independent charter schools to Shelby County schools, I am greatly looking forward to being an advocate for Memphian children as they go on to live an extraordinary life.

One interesting fact about me is that I only wear bowties and have about 70 or more!

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