Portrait of Steve Lockard

Steve Lockard

Deputy Superintendent
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Dr. Lockard has served as Deputy Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) since August 1, 2014.  He also served as Interim Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools from November 2016 to July 2017.


In his role as Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Lockard directly oversees the Chief Academic & Equity Officer, Human Resources Assistant Superintendent, Region Assistant Superintendents, School Support Executive Director, Hearings Office and the Student Activities and Athletic Programs. 


Since joining FCPS in 2014, Dr. Lockard has worked to align best practices with the FCPS Strategic Plan – Ignite.  Under his leadership, the district continues to see academic improvement with 21st century learning strategies that support the “Portrait of a Graduate” skills and attributes expected of all students.  In addition, Dr. Lockard helped facilitate the “Project Momentum” school improvement effort.  Project Momentum is a turnaround program for schools with accreditation challenges.  Dr. Lockard also spearheaded the reorganization of the Region, School Support and Instructional Services offices to more intensively align support to schools.


Dr. Lockard’s professional experience includes serving as the Deputy Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland.  He also served Frederick County as Associate Superintendent for Elementary Schools where he helped to lead the district to the highest school performance index rating in Maryland—first out of 24 districts—in 2012 and worked to reduce the achievement gap among minority, special education, English language learners, and economically disadvantaged students. Previously, Dr. Lockard served as a director, principal, assistant principal and teacher. 


Dr. Lockard holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education from Frostburg State University, a master’s degree in school administration from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), and a doctorate from the University of Maryland in Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies.  He and his wife, Patty, have three children.