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Steven L. Walts, Ed.D.
Steven L. Walts is in his twelfth year as Superintendent of Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS)—one of the country’s largest and fastest growing school systems. PWCS has 97 schools, about 88,000 students, nearly 11,000 employees, and is the second largest school division in Virginia.
Following a whirlwind journey in the 2005–06 school year to visit and learn about all 82 Prince William County schools in 82 days, Dr. Walts turned his focus to maximizing student learning and has increased opportunities for students at all levels to become involved with robotics. Initiatives under his leadership include improving Virginia Standards of Learning test scores and completing the move to Divisionwide full-day kindergarten two years ahead of schedule. PWCS now boasts aggressive efforts to combat bullying, boost SAT scores, increase the graduation rate, improve school safety, and to work with educational partners to mentor Today’s Students to become Tomorrow’s Teachers. With ever-stronger efforts to recruit and retain the best and brightest educators and encourage high school students to take the rigorous Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge courses, Dr. Walts is leading the School Division to achieving its mission of Providing A World-Class Education for every student.
Dr. Walts was named Superintendent of the Year for Virginia Region IV in 2010 and 2016. In 2015, he received the Pathfinders Award from the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals and Friend of Foreign Language Award from the Foreign Language Association of Virginia.
Dr. Walts served as Superintendent of Schools in Greece, New York, from 1998 to 2005. He also was an adjunct professor and program coordinator for the Canisius College administrative programs in Greece. From 1992 to 1998, he served in Baltimore County, Maryland as the Assistant Superintendent, Northwest Area, and as the Assistant Superintendent/Executive Director, Department of Human Resources.
A native of Great Bend, Kansas, and co-drum major for the national champion Argonne Rebel Drum and Bugle Corps, Dr. Walts received his doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland in 2002. He began his teaching career as an elementary teacher and building principal in Wichita, Kansas. He resides in Prince William County with his wife and daughter who attends Benton Middle School.