Finalists For LAPS Superintendent Revealed

Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education released this morning the names of the two finalists for the position of superintendent.

The first finalist is Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, a native of Los Alamos and a graduate of Los Alamos High School. Dr. Steinhaus served as a teacher and department head in the Alamogordo School District. He then worked for the Public Education Department where he became division director for Accountability and Information Services before serving as assistant superintendent.

Dr. Steinhaus subsequently worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory as director of Student and Education Programs, also as a loaned executive serving as the Governor’s Education Policy Advisor and Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Education.

His work also includes teaching a doctoral course at the University of New Mexico called Education, Politics, and Policy. For the last six years, Dr. Steinhaus has served as director of Community Programs at LANL.

Dr. Chris Marczak

The second finalist is Dr. Chris Marczak, the current assistant superintendent of schools for Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he is in charge of Curriculum and Instruction, Student Services, Special Education, Professional Development and Information/Instructional Technology.

During his time at Oak Ridge, Dr. Marczak has been selected as a Tennessee Department of Education Leadership Coach. Dr. Marczak also is an adjunct professor at Trevecca Nazarene University and David Lipscomb University, where he teaches a variety of Masters and Doctorate level courses in Education and Instructional Technology.

Prior to moving to Oak Ridge, Dr. Marczak has been a teacher, assistant principal and lead principal with the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Wilson County Schools in Tennessee.

The School Board is scheduling community forums where each candidate will be able to interact with the entire community. The forums will be scheduled for the early evening hours of Monday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 4. Further details on the actual time and location of these forums will be announced later.

The Board would like to thank the many members of the community who have contributed to this effort. Their participation in the community forums and surveys provided invaluable insight that helped guide the Board. The Board would especially like to thank the members of its Advisory Committees and particularly the chairs of those committees for their dedication and the hours that they have put forth to help the Board in this process.