Steven R. Staples – Biography
Dr. Steven R. Staples – Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. Steven R. Staples was appointed Virginia’s 24th superintendent of public instruction by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
As superintendent, Dr. Staples serves as the executive officer of the Virginia Department of Education, which is the administrative agency for the commonwealth’s public schools. He also serves as secretary of the Board of Education.
Prior to his appointment as the commonwealth’s chief school officer, Dr. Staples served for nearly two years as the executive director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, was a faculty member at the College of William & Mary from 2008-2012 and worked in various capacities in four Virginia school divisions.
He began his career in public education in 1976 in Prince George County where he taught elementary, middle and high school students, and also served as a high school department chair and assistant principal for instruction. In 1985, Dr. Staples became principal of Hopewell High School and three years later moved to Montgomery County as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. He served – beginning in 1991 – as division superintendent in York County for 16 years.
During his tenure in York County, Dr. Staples implemented a variety of innovative programs including magnet programs in fine arts, math, science and technology, and a charter school program linking academic standards to licensure competencies in career/technical fields. In 1997, he was selected as Virginia Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Staples received his doctorate in education administration and supervision from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in education administration and supervision, as well as a bachelor’s degree in history and English from the College of William & Mary.