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 Steve Vandemark

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Steve Vandemark

Greetings Morse families!


I am humbled and honored to be serving as the building administrator and lead learner here at such a tradition-rich school in Morse Elementary. It is a beautiful learning environment with an outstanding staff, supportive parents, and great kids. It is very evident that we are student centered and community strong.


At Morse, we value and challenge each student and provide opportunities for success.  While continuing our work in implementing a nationally recognized education in Blue Valley, we focus on meeting the needs of all students by equipping our students to be collaborative workers, self-directed learners, participants in society, and complex thinkers. Student success is the center of all we do.


An insight to my educational DNA: I believe that high expectations lead to high achievement. I believe in hard work, teamwork, and going the extra mile. I believe that kids will never be more accountable than the adults who lead them. I believe it is important that students represent themselves and their school the right way, giving their personal best each day. I believe that students should be held accountable but with grace. When students complete the 5th grade at Morse, we expect them to be proficient readers, eloquent writers and speakers, and logical thinkers. In addition, we will work on their social and emotional development, promoting integrity and character, challenging them to also work on who they want to be vs. what they want to be when they become older.


A little about me: I grew up in the KC area and graduated from Emporia State University in 1992 with a degree in Elementary Education. In addition I hold a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Mid America Nazarene University as well as a Building License in School Administration from Pittsburg State University. My past classroom teaching experience includes ten years in 6th grade and four years in 2nd  grade. While teaching, I also coached several years of boys' high school basketball at Shawnee Mission Northwest. I then became a building administrator in 2006. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities with my family including biking, running, sports, and camping. My wife Stacy is a Library Media Specialist in the Olathe School District and we have a daughter at Kansas State University and a son in high school.


I look forward to continuing to make Morse a warm, welcome, and friendly place; where staff, students, and parents work together as a team; and, where learning and citizenship are priorities. Together, we will make a difference in the lives of our students.