Steven M. Constantino – Biography
Dr. Steven M. Constantino – Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. Steven M. Constantino was named acting superintendent of public instruction by Governor Terry McAuliffe effective January 1, 2018.
Dr. Constantino began his tenure with the Virginia Department of Education in August 2016 as chief academic officer/assistant superintendent of the division of instruction.
His career started as an educator in 1980 in upstate New York, where he served in several school districts as a music teacher, band director, district director of fine arts and as a high school assistant principal. In 1992, he moved to Virginia as assistant principal of Gar-Field High in Prince William County. Dr. Constantino was named principal of Stonewall Jackson High in 1995. He served as deputy superintendent in Cobb County — Georgia’s second largest school district — from 2008-2011. From 2011 to 2016, he served as the division superintendent for the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools.
Dr. Constantino’s honors include being named Region 2 Superintendent of the Year in 2015 by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and Prince William County Principal of the Year for 2000. He received the 2000 Distinguished Educational Leadership Award from the Washington Post. During his tenure as principal, Stonewall Jackson High was recognized in 2000 by Newsweek magazine as one of the top 100 most challenging high schools in the country and the following year it was selected as Time magazine’s high school of the year.
Dr. Constantino is the author of four books on family engagement. He has served as an assistant professor at George Mason University and as a faculty member at the College of William & Mary’s executive doctor of education program.
He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy from Virginia Tech in 2002 and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from the University of New York at Cortland in 1989. He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music education from the State University of New York at Potsdam, in 1985 and 1980, respectively.