Steven Bollar's educational career started as a visual arts teacher in Lawrenceville Township Schools, New Jersey. During his seven years in Lawrenceville as an elementary art teacher he developed an impressive art program. Steven developed such programs as ARTS DAY, Hot Steppers, and Parent Portrait Night. Each of the programs allowed him to gain experience in administration and develop his skills as a leader. By the eighth year in Lawrenceville, he was a prominent member of the Lawrenceville Township staff, published in two national educational magazines, showcased in the NEA Review, and appointed Director of Visual and Performing Arts.
Steven felt it necessary to move further into the world of public school administration. Steven was hired as an assistant principal at Charles W. Lewis Middle School within Gloucester Township Schools in Camden County, New Jersey. As an assistant principal in the largest K-8 district in the state of New Jersey he gained an enormous amount of experience. Steven was introduced to Renaissance, a philosophy of motivating and supporting students and staff. During his tenure at C. W. Lewis Middle School he continued to focus on the arts and other special subject areas. He was able to publish an in house newsletter, Rotation Station, which informed other staff about the great things being taught in the specialty subject areas. Other areas of success were educational movie days, development of test preparatory classes, and the creation of the booklet "Exploratory Scheduling for Dummies". Steven was able to leave Gloucester Township with a scheduling tool that can be used for years to come. He was able to gain a substantial amount of knowledge and experience.
Steven felt he was ready to lead his own building. His first principal assignment was at Joseph A. McGinley Elementary School within the Willingboro Public Schools in Burlington County, New Jersey. Under his leadership, McGinley developed into a true learning family. Reaching into his creative past and fortunate experiences, he led the McGinley school family to continued success. Through Steven's philosophy such programs arose: Mission Possible, Reading Train, The Count (daily mathematics), March Madness, Willingboro Thinking Caps, Academic Rallies, Heritage Night, and many more. Unfortunately, due to district budgetary constraints, J. A. McGinley Elementary School had to close its doors.
Seeing the level of success Steven had with J. A. McGinley Elementary School, Willingboro Township Public Schools appointed Steven as the principal of the newly developed Memorial Upper Elementary School. Mr. Bollar took the challenge to transform a middle school into an upper elementary school. Mr. Bollar was given the opportunity to create from scratch, the framework and schedule of the new upper elementary school. Again, pulling from his creative background and experiences Memorial Upper Elementary School opened with great success. The continued success of the upper elementary school is attributed to such creative concepts as: modified block schedule, blue core and white core concept, Renaissance philosophy, small learning communities, core points, and staff support systems.
In the following years Steven was the principal of Hartford School in Mount Laurel, NJ. During his eight years as principal he developed an empowering and successful learning institution. Walking through the front doors you could feel the positive focus on students and education.
Steven's experience expanded to upper administration as the assistant superintendent and acting superintendent of Hamilton Township Public Schools in Mercer County, NJ. In his role he unified the district, provided visionary guidance, and implemented several student focused programs.
Currently, Steven is the Senior Vice President of Elementary Programs at CSMI LLC. CSMI LLC is an educational management company that oversees and supports charter school within Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In his role as Senior Vice President he oversees the development and success of the schools that CSMI manages in New Jersey. He does this by assuming the role of "superintendent" for the New Jersey charter schools under CSMI management. He continues to use his talents and skills to continually improve the educational process.
Steven is the author of the book Ideas Ideas Ideas. The book is a collection of proven ideas that can improve the climate and culture of a school or district. Steven has been recognized as the 2014 Burlington County Principal and Supervisor Association Visionary Leader, 2012 New Jersey Magazine Top 20 Men of the Year, 2012 Suburban Family Magazine Top Citizen of the Year, and a member of the Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame.
Steven A. Bollar alter ego is Stand Tall Steve. Stand Tall Steve openly shares his knowledge, experiences and creativity with others. He currently speaks throughout the country about how to think differently about schools, administration, education and life.
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Frequently Asked Questions about booking Stand Tall Steve.
Many performers, actors, speakers and other talent like Stand Tall Steve, with postponed or cancelled events due to COVID-19 are now, in certain cases, considering virtual appearances via live streaming. They perhaps may accept lower fees too. If you are seriously interested in booking Stand Tall Steve or other talent shown on our site, we will research their desire and the specific fee for your live-streaming event or project request.
Stand Tall Steve's current work schedule and location in relation to your event's type, date, budget, and locality will play a primary factor in the acceptance of booking Stand Tall Steve for your party. As long as your funding is commensurate with the price range to book Stand Tall Steve, CTI will propose your event to the official agency representing Stand Tall Steve. After we consult with them, we can circle back with you to provide a personal and accurate quote that includes: final costs, availability, and actual interest in being hired for your specific event or party.
CTI can give you the Stand Tall Steve booking price once we submit your event details to their camp. "How much does it cost to book Stand Tall Steve for an event?" is a frequent question we get, but the final Stand Tall Steve booking price is contingent on many variables and the booking fee we show is based on a range derived from our past experience with what will Stand Tall Steve charge for an event. Also, their speaking fee might be different than the fee shown for the cost to perform or to just appear. Popularity, career stage, along with current demand will cause fluctuations in their speaking price too. The final booking price may be more than what is shown, but you should at least have a budget within that range for them to consider an appearance, performance or speaking engagement.
There is low probability to book Stand Tall Steve for a party with anything substantially less than the published booking cost price range. We will negotiate with the Stand Tall Steve agent on your behalf, but if your funding is not in place then it will more difficult to book Stand Tall Steve, because they get many offers to work events that are at or above asking price. It is also important to consider the travel costs when researching the Stand Tall Steve booking fee, as additional expenses like this, as well as an entourage of staff and equipment, are not necessarily built-in to the booking fee range shown. If your budget does not factor that in, then there is no benefit for them to want to be hired. We do not personally speak for Stand Tall Steve, but in our experience in booking talent for over 25 years, this is generally the outcome of inadequate funding.
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