Steven Hayward is a native of California. He has spent the last 20-plus years in Texas. His varied professional background includes teaching and serving as an assistant principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He spent seven years as a teacher and administrator at The American School Foundation of Guadalajara in Mexico where he helped to found its middle school. He has worked in public, charter, private, and Catholic schools, always with a focus on building positive school culture.