Steve has a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University, a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has completed advanced coursework at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard University. He worked for the Milwaukee Public Schools for thirty-five years beginning as a substitute teacher and retiring with responsibility for leadership development and supervision for the district. Included in this work was ten years as the founding principal of a district Montessori School. He is currently co-director of the Montessori Licensure Program at Alverno College. Steve has previously served as the founding board chair of the local AMI Training Center, board chair of AMI-USA, a member of the AMI Board and its Executive Committee.