Prior to his career in education, Dr. Stephen Peters received a full scholarship and was a basketball star at Hampton University. Peters was inducted into the Colleton County Basketball Hall of Fame in January 2016 and continues to follow sports faithfully. Upon his graduation from Hampton, he went into teaching, and after demonstrating an ability to transform the classroom and school environment into one of success and achievement in even the most challenging circumstances, he rose up to become one of the most respected educators and school turnaround experts in the U.S.
Stephen has served on panels as an education expert with former U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Rod Paige in Washington, D.C. He is also the author of several award-winning and best-selling books including Do You Know Enough about Me to Teach Me and Teaching to Capture and Inspire all Learners.
Peters is in his third year as Superintendent of Laurens County School District 55. During his first two years as superintendent, college scholarship funds received by graduating seniors increased by more than $6 million. The class of 2018 received $10.7 million in scholarship funds, compared to $4.3 million received by the class of 2016. LCSD 55 has been named a 2018 National School District of Distinction, an honor awarded to school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work.
In addition to his leadership of LCSD 55, Stephen is the CEO and president of the Peters Group, an education consulting company that is dedicated to creating and sustaining success in schools and districts by supporting educators. He is also founder of the Gentleman’s and Ladies Clubs, which cultivate success in at-risk students through mentoring and self-empowerment, and has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as America, America. Peters was featured in the BBC documentary, “An American High School” in 2016. “An American High School” was named “Best Documentary of 2016” in London and began airing on the National Geographic channel in the U.S. in October 2017.
Dr. Peters is an advocate of literacy and presently serves on the board of directors of the International Literacy Association (ILA). He will serve as vice president of ILA for the 2019-2020 fiscal year and will assume the role of president on July 1, 2020.