Steven B. Elam

9251 Lottsford Road ♦ Largo, MD 20774

 (313) 971-2086 ♦


Respected, professional educational leader, able to build highly motivated teams focused on achieving a school’s mission. Demonstrated history of cultivating a positive school culture and successfully providing leadership to students, school faculty and community partners. Eager to provide quality academic and social results in a challenging environment. 


Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word ♦ Excel♦ PowerPoint ♦ Outlook ♦ PowerSchool ♦ AIMSweb ♦ Teacher Evaluation ♦ Budget Analysis ♦ Grant Writing ♦ Request for Proposal writing


Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY Master of Education, Public School Building Leadership, 2012

Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, MO, Master of Secondary Educational Administration, 2011

Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw Valley, MI, Secondary Speech and Theatre Teacher Certification, 2008

Adrian College, Adrian, MI Bachelor of Arts, Communications/Mass Media, 1996


Kramer Middle School – Washington, DC        07/2011– Present

Dean of School Culture/Students

Serve an underprivileged population of 285 Middle school students. Align support team with the school mission of supporting social and emotional needs of a 21st century student. Produce learning gains that surpass one year’s learning growth

  • Support the first online blended instructional model in Washington, DC
  • Lead team of 25 staff members, including four community partnerships
  • Partner with parents and families to build authentic school-wide community
  • Develop and maintain systems and policies for tracking attendance, behavior, and transitions
  • Support teachers with the establishment of expectations/routines and effective classroom culture
  • Conduct regular school culture walkthroughs to maintain high standards of excellence
  • Lead recognition, celebration events, and school-wide culture-building activities
  • Utilize behavioral data to eliminate In-School Suspension and establish Social Adjustment Center

Imagine College Preparatory High School – St. Louis, MO     08/2010 – 06/2011

In-School Suspension Coordinator           

Supported secondary students by improving behavior and social interactions while maintaining academic success in a transitional environment

  • Supported teachers with the establishment of best instructional practices and behavioral interventions
  • Developed strategies to lower in-school suspension recidivism rates by 35%
  • Tracked student attendance and discipline records in PowerSchool database
  • Utilized PowerSchool data to establish ninth grade dropout prevention program

Imagine Careers Middle – St. Louis, MO        06/2010 – 07/2010

Summer Enrichment Camp Administrator

Provided instructional leadership and promoted the educational development of students at the school

  • Supervised and evaluated eight Summer Enrichment Camp staff members
  • Developed an appropriate class schedule for 100 students
  • Directed, guided, and coordinated KUMON Math, FAST Reading, and Read 180 programs
  • Supervised recording of grades and test results and maintained accurate student attendance records
  • Successfully collected benchmark data establishing individual learning plans for 100 students

Imagine Careers Middle – St. Louis, MO        12/2008 – 06/2010

Reading Recovery Teacher

Provided literacy instructional support to students and assistance to teachers that enabled students to gain necessary literacy skills appropriated to age, grade level, and individual capacity

  • Implemented Read 180 program for 168 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students
  • Increased Scholastic Reading Inventory scores by 60 points for 80% of students
  • Used data to develop formative and summative tests, using multiple tools to assess students learning on an ongoing basis
  • Provided effective literacy interventions for struggling students with the goal of accelerating their literacy development
  • Modeled appropriate use of technology to support instruction and student learning

Chandler Park Academy – Detroit, MI        08/1998 – 06/2008

Speech/English Teacher

Promoted an appreciation of public speaking and debate. Responsible for all aspects of administration, operations, and coaching of the competitive speech and debate team.

  • Ensured that students understood the expectations of Debate/Forensics,
  • Implemented English Benchmark standards
  • Taught speech and acting techniques to support the English curriculum
  • Ensured that team activities and other events met district guidelines
  • Maintained a professional manner when interacting with students, parents, and community stakeholders
  • Incorporated and modeled appropriate use of technology to support instruction and student learning


  • Life Space Crisis Intervention Training, 2012
  • Teacher of the Year 2009 – 2010, Imagine Academy of Careers Middle School
  • Developer and Director of Distinguished Gentlemen of ICPHS 2010
  • Strategic Planning Committee Member, Imagine College Preparatory High School, 2010-2011


  • Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute
  • National Middle School Association
  • National Charter School Association
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)