Passionate about preparing young people to lead lives of joy and purpose, Steve Cochrane has had a remarkable journey through the field of education. It is a journey that has taken him from the campus of Princeton University where he served as an admissions officer and an assistant dean of students to the classroom of a public elementary school where he had the privilege of teaching – and learning from – his fourth and fifth grade students. Steve has been a dorm director and associate dean of admissions at Wheelock College in Boston. He has also been an elementary school principal, a middle school principal, an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and, most recently, the superintendent of the Princeton Public Schools in Princeton, New Jersey where he was honored with the County Superintendent of the Year award. In each of these roles, Steve has collaborated with others to prioritize innovations in learning, wellness for students, equity, and a belief that every child should be supported and inspired to achieve their highest potential.
As an IHE board member, Steve looks to continue his mission of supporting equity in the public school system; preparing all students to lead lives of joy and purpose; and supporting students’ creative contributions to just, healthy, and sustainable communities and world.
Steve received his undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University and his master’s degree in educational administration from Harvard. He is a competitive road cyclist who also enjoys the thrill of mountain biking. Steve and his wife are both vegans and advocates for holistic health. They currently reside in Toronto, Canada but are eager to explore more of the world with their two dogs and a very large Maine Coon cat.