Superintendent of Schools
Next Year's Seniors
It’s funny how time flies! I arrived in the Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) on July 1, 2006. I’ll be completely candid and share that I didn’t believe I would still be working in RBUSD in 2018. At the time of my arrival, I just knew that there were fences to mend, Board members to unite, and an RBUSD brand that needed to be revived. For those of you who were around in 2006, you probably had a few other items on this “to do” list. So, here we are. It’s time to be a little nostalgic, which is a word you have likely never heard me use in a sentence.
If your child began kindergarten in one of our eight great elementary schools in 2006, your son/daughter will be graduating in 2019 from the finest high school in the South Bay, Redondo Union High School (RUHS). To be honest, when I arrived in 2006, I felt a lot like a kindergartener. I had never served as a superintendent before, and I was coming to a new school district. I arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. I was very nervous about everything that I didn’t know along with who I didn’t know. I looked for adults to embrace me, engage with me, and, ultimately, unite us all in our collective pursuit. I wanted RBUSD to be GREAT. I looked to others for guidance and support. And, just like kindergarten, the best parts of my early days as your superintendent were enjoyed having fun, learning about schools, and, most of all, laughing. Sometimes, it was even during your child’s recess.
Although the door is closing on the 2017–2018 school year, I have to admit that I’m having a little pre-senioritis as we embark on the 2018–2019 school year. I don’t plan on retiring next year, so please don’t begin that rumor. My goal is to stick around a little longer—or as long as the Board of Education will have me. But it brings me great joy and happiness knowing that next year’s RUHS graduates will be the first K–12 class that experienced 13 great years with me. RBUSD is indeed a better learning community because of our collective work. I believe I am a better man, father, and educator because of our work. I thank you, sincerely, for this journey to great, and I am still proud to be your superintendent.
Steven Keller, Ed.D.
Proud Superintendent of Schools