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Audience in Lecture






Head of School


The San Francisco School


Steven “Steve” Morris is in his 15th year as the head of the San Francisco School. He has worked as a teacher and administrator in independent schools for the past 28 years. Before starting his work as head of school, Steven was the assistant head of school for four years.

Before that, Steven was the dean of multicultural programs at University High School. In addition to his work in administration at University High School, Steven also taught English, served as the community service learning co-director, and coached varsity soccer. His teaching career began at Sewickley Academy in Sewickley, PA, where Steven taught ninth grade English. Before working in independent schools, Steven was the executive director of Summerbridge in Pittsburgh, PA.

Beyond the classroom and school office, Steven has presented at conferences across the country on subjects ranging from school culture to faculty development and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice/antiracism education. Most recently, Steven co-created/facilitated a year-long series of workshops for Aspiring Leaders of Color, participated in the National Association of Independent Schools Deep Dive Summit, which focused on matters of equity and social justice, and attended the Klingenstein Fellowship for Heads of School.

Steven has served as trustee on numerous boards, including but not limited to: Marin Country Day School, The San Francisco Day School, The Urban School of San Francisco, Bay Area Teacher Training Initiative, California Teachers Development Collaborative, People of Color in Independent Schools, and Youth Speaks, a San Francisco-based arts program. He recently completed his term as the board chair of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and will remain on the CAIS board for one more year. Lastly, Steven recently joined the board of the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens.

Steven and his wife, Beth Goya, have three children. He holds a Master of Arts degree in education from Stanford University, where he completed the principal fellows program. He earned his bachelor's degree in English at the College of Wooster.

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