Steve Hageman did his undergraduate work at California State University, Fresno; post-graduate work and Master’s Degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Post Master’s Degree work in Special Education was done at California State University, Bakersfield, and Post Master’s Degree work in Educational Management at the University of LaVerne and Fresno Pacific College.
Hageman has taught in both general education and special education classrooms. He has taught grades Kindergarten through Community College, as well as having worked in the private sector as a petroleum field engineer.
Hageman also has several years of middle management experience in the Division of Instructional Services in the largest elementary school district in the State of California, in an administrative position with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office as the Coordinator, Substance Abuse Prevention Education for the Kern County Substance Abuse Prevention Education Consortium composed of 37 school districts, Principal of a K-6 elementary school, and served as Department Chairman of the Industrial Arts and Technology Department at Centennial High School and currently teaches courses in beginning through advanced fine woodworking here at Bakersfield College.
He has written The Collaborative/Consultative Handbook, now in its second edition and has presented on the topic of Collaboration/Consultation throughout California. Also published is a book authored with Jane Nelson and Lynn Lott on School Intervention Teams, entitled Student Assistance Through Positive Discipline.
Hageman has also authored and co-authored several other manuals and handbooks for the California Department of Education, Healthy Kids Healthy California Office and through the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office.
He was the keynote speaker for the Southern Peninsula Association of Resource Specialists in Santa Clara where he was awarded the Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Community of Resource Specialists of Santa Clara County.
Hageman has also presented at the Association of California School Administrators Region XV annual meeting: “Rising to the Challenges of the 90’s”; as well as presenting seminars during the 1989 and 1990 Special Education Innovation Institute sponsored by the State Department of Education, Special Education Division: Curriculum and Training Unit to name a few.
Hageman is also certified as a Trainer of Trainers in numerous nationally recognized Parent Education and Substance Abuse Prevention Education curricula and has facilitated numerous parent, staff, and community training and mobilization sessions. Hageman is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Epsilon Pi Tau, California Association of Resource Specialists, Free and Accepted Masons, as well as Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Free Masons, to name a few.
Hageman’s educational philosophy is a student-centered approach and one dedicated to preparing each student for a life which is productive academically, socially, economically, as well as emotionally. As human beings, we are in many aspects alike as we ll as different. As students, we all process information differently and at varying rates of speed. As an educator, it is my responsibility to find those pathways by which students process information best and try to channel the educational continuum in such a way that the educational process is a rewarding experience for each individual student. All students have a right to learn in an environment in which they are treated with dignity and respect.