Stephen SmuinStephen K. Smuin, as former Founding Head of the Odyssey Middle School, is completing his 40th year as an educator. Steve began his formal teaching/coaching career in Libby, Montana. “I taught Sociology, Psychology, Economics and coached football, basketball and track.  But I got an extra $125 that year for coaching those three sports.” After returning to graduate school at the University of Montana he assumed duties as the Head basketball and track coach at Loyola-Sacred Heart High School, teaching American history, Psychology and Government. “The parents were far more interested in my won-loss record than in supporting me with the training rules, thus we divorced.” Steve then was a substitute teacher in San Mateo and worked for the California Department of Education for two years before becoming Associate Director of the Independent Learning School in Palo Alto, CA. Steve then spent 19 years at Nueva Learning Center in Hillsborough, CA, an international recognized elementary school for gifted and talented students and was the founding head of the middle school. He left Nueva to become co-founder of Odyssey School, a middle school for gifted and talented students.

Stephen Smuin

Steve has taught on the elementary, high school and college level and has published three major books: "Turn Ons!", "Can’t Anybody Here Write?" and "More Than Metaphors". In addition, Steve has published numerous magazine articles for such publications as People Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Runner’s World, Women’s Sports, and other educational publications.  He has also been a weekly and monthly columnist for local newspapers and regional magazines. “Mostly I wrote about what I was interested in; it gave me the opportunity to investigate my passions and get paid for it.”

Turn-Ons by Stephen Smuin
by Stephen Smuin
Can't Anybody Here Write? by Stephen Smuin
"Can't Anybody Here Write?"
by Stephen Smuin
More than Metaphors by Stephen Smuin
"More than Metaphors"
by Stephen Smuin

Steve has given over 100 workshops in the United States, Canada, Japan, China and Europe and is most proud of being invited to present at the World Gifted Conference on two occasions. “The most fun was when I got to take 8 students with me to present a workshop in Hamburg, Germany; what a great time we had--and I got to write it off my taxes.”

Recently, Steve became CEO of Da Vinci Educational Consultants, which provides, assessments, training and workshops in Japan, China and the United States.

Steve attended the College of San Mateo and holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University in Interdisciplinary Studies and did his graduate work at the University of Montana. Stephen also did graduate work in political science at the University of Montana.

Free time finds him skiing, cooking, attending the theater, traveling, and water coloring.


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