About Lincoln Public Schools

Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel


In 2010, Dr. Steve Joel joined Lincoln Public Schools as superintendent. 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 President of the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County Board.

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 has grown rapidly to include almost 41,000 students and 8,000 staff members. With Dr. Joel’s leadership, Lincoln Public Schools has 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

Speaking Engagements

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

  • February 28: Board of Education Work Session
  • February 28: Board of Education Meeting
  • March 2: KFOR Radio Interview wCarol Turner & Chris Goforth
  • March 8: Community Advisory Council
  • March 10: VisitSpeak @ Dawes - Anigie Plugge
  • March 14: Dale Johnson Interview
  • March 14: Board of ED Meeting
  • March 16: KFOR Radio Interview wDave & Carol
  • March 20: Board of Education Work Session 10-Year Facilities & InfrastructurePlan
  • March 24: VisitSpeak @ West Lincoln - Scott Schwartz
  • March 28: Prosper Lincoln Planning Breakfast
  • March 28: Appear on 1011 First at Four
  • March 28: Board of Education Meeting
  • March 29: VisitSpeak @ Nuernberger - Jaime Boedeker
  • March 31: VisitSpeak @ Irving - Jason Shanahan
  • April 6: KFOR Radio Interview wCarol Turner & Chris Goforth
  • April 7: VisitSpeak @ Park - Ryan Zabawa
  • April 10: Speak at Home Builders Assoc - Tribute to Youth
  • April 11: Dale Johnson Interview
  • April 11: Board of ED Meeting
  • April 12: Community Advisory Council
  • April 18: Speak to Meadowlane Area Residents Association
  • April 20: KFOR Radio Interview wDave & Carol
  • April 20: Speak at Foundation Inspire Awards
  • April 21: VisitSpeak @ Schoo - Bill Schulenberg
  • April 25: Appear on 1011 First at Four
  • May 4: KFOR Radio Interview wCarol Turner & Chris Goforth
  • May 9: Dale Johnson Interview
  • May 9: Board of ED Meeting
  • May 18: KFOR Radio Interview wDave & Carol
  • May 23: Appear on 1011 First at Four