I am proud to serve the Octorara Area School District community as their Superintendent of Schools. A father of four adult children, my wife and I live on a farm just north of here in Lancaster County. Entering my 35th year in education, I have been privileged to serve in a wide range of environments that I believe will be of benefit to the students of Octorara. I view education as the highest calling that one can commit to and the lifetime success of students as the primary purpose of everything we do.
I have been asked, why Octorara? There are many reasons, but I will try to capture the essence of what outsiders can see as they pass by. Octorara residents are proud of their district and schools and care deeply about the education that students receive. Our CTE program is very rare for a district of our size and provides OASD students opportunities that students in other districts do not have. I live in the country and deeply appreciate the country feel of Octorara, but value the diversity present in the classrooms that help our students understand the broader world that are the Counties of Lancaster and Chester. Finally, in all of my interactions, I find a community and professional staff that is truly committed to providing the best for the students of OASD.
The belief I hold above all others is that all students can learn, and it is our responsibility as educators to set the context for growth as we help our students to maximize their opportunities for success. At Octorara, we commit to continually strive to improve our teaching, use of data, and systems to best support our students, academically and socially. Our belief is that we are developing students that are bold, responsible, ambitious, virtuous, energetic and self-less. It is these qualities that we most want to see in our students and I ask you to join us in preparing them for successful futures as proud Brave graduates.
Steven A. Leever, Ed.D..