Steve began his tenure as Head of School at Westside School in Seattle, Washington in 2018. He believes in child-centered, hands-on, creative learning. He understands that quality education is a cumulative, integrated process, and that a strong school community fosters growth and learning, and nurtures respect, responsibility and risk-taking. He is proud to lead a team of professional educators who teach to the whole child and have a strong foundation in developmentally appropriate practice, giving children meaningful choices and a clear path to discover who they are.
Prior to joining Westside, Steve was Head of School at Friends School in Boulder, CO from 2011-2018 where he led the initiative to purchase and re-develop a second campus and launch a successful middle school. He also oversaw a renowned teacher training program.
He spent 21 years at Stanley British Primary School in Denver, CO where he was a 3rd-5th grade teacher, division head, administrator, teacher educator, and theatre director. For six years, Steve chaired the Annual Conference of the Association of Colorado Independent Schools, and he has been selected as a ‘practitioner expert’ by the Making Caring Common Project of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He has presented twice for the National Association of Independent Schools.
If you are curious about Steve’s own journey, from traditional English boarding schools to schools where he is so passionate about child-centered, hands-on, creative learning, you are welcome to read his essay Seven Thousand Miles.
A Little More Information
Steve has a M.Ed. in Teacher Training from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.A. in Linguistics and French from the University of York in England. He is enthusiastic about the arts and enjoys writing and directing theatre. He ran a summer theatre program in Denver for elementary, middle and high school students for a decade and has directed dozens of plays, even as a school head. He performs skit comedy from time to time and writes for fun when time allows. He has been published in several newspapers and magazines.
Originally from Storrington, West Sussex in the south of England, he grew up in traditional English boarding schools and moved to the U.S. after graduating from college. He now lives in West Seattle with his wife Steph Bruno, and has two daughters, Emma and Leah, who attend Denison University and Lewis and Clark College. He remains a fan of Arsenal FC in London and Colorado Rockies baseball. He is learning to love Seattle sports teams too.
Steve is passionate about supporting schools educate children with open hearts and minds as their students grow and explore, and develop self-awareness and an understanding of themselves in an ever-evolving world.