About Lincoln Public Schools

Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel


Dr. Steve Joel has served for five years as superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools, a district of almost 40,000 students and 8,000 employees. Previously, he served for ten years as superintendent in Grand Island, Nebraska, and eight years in Beatrice, Nebraska. A native of Long Island, New York, he has degrees from Doane College, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kansas State University.

Dr. Joel has been honored with a wide variety of awards and distinctions including: Nebraska Superintendent of the Year and 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, Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln Community Foundation, The Career Academy, and United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County.


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, and the tragic fire that resulted in a complete loss of the Lincoln Public Schools District Office allowed for the construction of a new facility. More recently, Lincoln adopted a comprehensive instructional technology plan and developed The Career Academy leading Nebraska into the next phase of K12 education.

Dr. Joel has also served as a consultant to school districts and businesses across the country in areas of strategic planning, team building, and conducting superintendent searches.

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.

Superintendent and
ESU Administrator Contracts

Business as usual at Lincoln Public Schools has always been open and transparent. LPS protocol calls for posting these contracts on our website as attachments to the Lincoln Board of Education meetings when the contracts are considered and finalized. We also report the finalized contracts in additional documents posted on our website.

Developing a Strategic Plan for LPS

Facility Advisory Committee News

Teacher Advisory Committee News

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Speaking Engagements

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

  • October 14: TCA Joint Board Meeting
  • October 22: United Way Board Meeting
  • October 28: Teacher Advisory Council