EHS Hires a New Principal

Edgewood Welcomes Beth Steffen as New Principal
After an extensive search process, Edgewood is pleased and excited to announce Beth Steffen as the next principal of Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart, effective July 1, 2018.

"I am excited about the coming years learning with and from the Edgewood community. Throughout the hiring process, staff, parents, students, and board members impressed me very much by their deep commitment to Edgewood High School's excellence, grounded in enacting the Sinsinawa Dominican values of truth, justice, compassion, community and partnership," Steffen said.

Steffen's last position was at Madison's La Follette High School, where she serves as assistant principal. She began teaching English there in 2001 and in 2008 was recruited to serve as the school's literary coach. In 2016, she became assistant principal, overseeing Art, Science, English, Health Sciences, Pathways, AVID, Academic Career Planning and the Advanced Learner/AP program. 

While vice principal at La Follette, Steffen was responsible for 400 students’ success while coaching and evaluating teachers from across the school. Committed to fostering school experiences that strengthen students’ critical reading, writing, and thinking skills for their lives, Beth is a life-long learner herself. She is sometimes recognized by strangers for her habit of walking and reading.

Her lifelong passion as a literacy educator was nurtured through participation in Write for Your Life, a national literacy project that encouraged adolescents to develop narrative-based inquiry projects based in health and wellness issues that affected their lives. Inspired by her students and their learning, Steffen began to write for other educators.

“Bad Boys, Bad Girls: Whatcha Gonna Do? Teenage Outlaws Create Curriculum” is her 1998 award-winning English Journal article that presented a student-driven project through which Beth’s students analyzed their and their peers’ relationships with the law. Her other work has appeared in English Education, The Journal of Staff Development, Writing to Make a Difference (a compilation from Columbia’s Teachers College Press) and Jane Addams in the Classroom.

Steffen double majored in history and English and earned her masters in English at UW-Madison. She completed PhD coursework in English at Marquette University.