About Lincoln Public Schools

Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel


Dr. Steve Joel has served for three years as superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools - a district of 37,000 students and 8,000 employees - and previously served for ten years as superintendent in Grand Island and eight years in Beatrice. A native of Long Island, New York, he has degrees from Doane College, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kansas State.

Dr Joel has been honored with a wide variety of awards and distinctions including: Nebraska Superintendent of the Year, and national accolades for Leadership Excellence by the Educational Resource Development Institute. He also has been active in many community clubs and coalitions, and serves on a number of boards including the Chamber of Commerce, Education Foundation and Educare Early Childhood. He is a member of the Nebraska P-16 Initiative, a statewide comprehensive and collaborative approach to educating young people from preschool through college. He has also served on the Leadership Advisory Council of his alma mater, Doane College, and is a motivational speaker who has made presentations across the country centering on leadership and education.

In his time as superintendent at various school districts, Dr. Joel has focused on comprehensive solutions to significant school and community issues. The immigration raid in Grand Island led to the formation of a community coalition to begin the arduous process of rebuilding community unity. The work in Beatrice resulted in the passage of a difficult bond issue to build a comprehensive high school.

At Lincoln Public Schools, Dr. Joel conducted an extensive, community-wide initiative to create a comprehensive and systemic strategic plan for the school district. He established the Teacher Advisory Council and the Community Advisory Council, and implemented a superintendent's blog and monthly community video updates. In addition, his leadership guided the school district through an intensive rebuilding initiative after a tragic fire destroyed LPS administrative offices. He is currently focusing on the school district's major strategic goal of increasing the high school graduation rate, and is exploring new initiatives in technology and the concept of establishing a new high school career center.

Phone: (402) 436-1601
Email: sjoel@lps.org

Blog Posts

Video Updates

View Dr. Joel's Fast Track to Learning and Quarterly Staff Updates plus other videos.

Developing a Strategic Plan for LPS

Facility Advisory Committee News

Teacher Advisory Committee News

Speaking Engagements

For more information please contact our communications specialist,
Mary Kay Roth: mkroth@lps.org / (402) 436-1609

  • April 16: Park Middle School visit
  • Today
    Speak to Leadership Lincoln - Education Days
  • Today
    Reception for Staff of Color
  • April 21: United Way Annual Meeting
  • April 22: Board of Education Meeting
  • April 23: United Way Executive Committee Meeting
  • April 29: Speak at Future Multicultural Teachers Workshop
  • April 30: Saratoga Visit
  • April 30: Speak at TeamMates Spring Celebration
  • April 30: Community Advisory Council
  • May 2: Career Academy Groundbreakting
  • May 6: Super Commons Meeting
  • May 8: Speak at NE Dyslexia Symposium
  • May 13: Board of Education Meeting
  • May 15: Leadership Lincoln Panel
  • May 16: Meadow Lane visit