On July 1, 2021 Steven Evans began his tenure as Bath County’s new superintendent. He replaced Harvey Tackett, who retired following nine years as superintendent and a total of 38 years in education.
Evans is a 25-year educator who most recently served as an education recovery leader at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). He started his career teaching physical education at Kirksville Elementary (Madison County). He went on to become assistant principal at Berea Independent and Boyle County schools as well as principal at Peaks Mill Elementary (Franklin County). He also served as a family resource center coordinator and district assessment coordinator for Madison County Schools.
Hailing from Richmond, Evans dreamed of becoming a Kentucky state trooper. He enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) to study criminal justice and make his dream become a reality. However, after getting married, he realized that the dangers of being a police officer and the unpredictable hours would be hard on his marriage.
A career in education was Evans’ second choice, but it ended up being his passion.
“Education turned out to be my true calling; it kind of found me,” he said.
Evans also believes that every student deserves the chance to be successful.
“I believe in people. Everybody deserves a chance and it’s our role as educators to provide that opportunity,” he explained.
Evans received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from EKU. He also earned his instructional leadership, director of pupil personnel, supervisor of instruction and school superintendent certifications from EKU.
While working at KDE, Evans had the opportunity to learn more about continuous school improvement and plans to use that knowledge to help his district succeed.
“Everything is a system. If we are getting poor results, we have to adapt and change that system. Teachers play a major role in finding the solution. We need to work down to the root of the problem, understand what needs to be changed, implement those changes and set goals for the betterment of our students,” he said.
Evans describes himself as a family man and loves spending time with his wife of 33 years, Kim; two daughters, Cheyenne and Tabitha; sons-in-law, Philip and John; and son, Fisher. When he has the chance to get outside, he enjoys playing disc golf and fishing.