WSCUHSD Welcomes new Assistant Superintendent

April 21, 2016

Dr Steve Charbonneau

Steve Charbonneau is an educational leader with 20 years’ experience in the field. He began his career as a high school social studies teacher in California. From early on in his career, Steve was heavily involved in creating 21st Century Learning opportunities for students. He served as an AT&T Virtual Classroom Teacher, leading high school students in collaborating with students in Japan, South Africa, Korea, and Germany and was also placed on special assignment for several years as an Instructional Technology Leader. In that role, Steve helped create professional development opportunities for staff with the purpose of integrating technology into the curriculum to augment student learning. In addition, Steve served as Fine Arts Academy Leader, guiding other high school teachers from different disciplines to create co‐curricular project‐based learning experiences for high school students.


Soon after transitioning to administration, Steve made the move to principal. In fact, during his administrative career, he has had the distinction of serving as principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Over the years, Steve has founded a Two‐Way Immersion magnet school, successfully led International Baccalaureate Diploma Program authorization efforts, fostered 21st Century Learning initiatives, and worked to augment Fine Arts programs for students at various schools. Steve has also chaired California Distinguished Schools visits, as well as accreditation team visits for American international schools in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.


For the past 5 years Steve has served as a leader in an international school setting. He is currently finishing up his service at The American School of Kinshasa (TASOK) in DRC‐Congo, overseeing the instructional program, K‐12. At TASOK, Steve has led the adoption and implementation of rigorous and research based academic standards for all content areas, including Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. With title of Principal, Steve functions as Deputy Superintendent at TASOK, serving as Acting Superintendent  in the absence of the Superintendent and is overall second‐in‐charge. He is also an ex‐officio school board member and highly engaged in governance. Steve earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2011, at a comprehensive program, establishing himself as a scholar in the area of curriculum and instruction, multilingualism and multicultural education.


Steve has deep connections to West Sonoma County, having grown up in the area. In fact, Steve spent a great deal of time in Forestville as a child, where his grandparents owned a home for over 40 years. Steve and his wife, Khanh, own a home within district boundaries and they are thrilled to be permanently relocating back to California after 5 years serving overseas. Khanh is also an educator, with nearly 20 years’ experience as an elementary school teacher. Steve and Khanh have a daughter, Chyna, who is presently attending university in California and majoring in Oboe Performance.