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Meet Steve

Steve and Tina Maher with their three daughters

Steve and Tina Maher with their three daughters
Lower right: Steve in 2016 with six of his grandchildren (three of them attend Pleasanton schools)
Lower left: The Pleasanton PTA Council gave Steve the California State PTA’s highest honor, the Golden Oak Service Award, in Feb. 2016.

I am the Board President of the Pleasanton Unified School District. I was elected to serve on the school board in November 2016, six years after retiring from a successful career as a Pleasanton principal and teacher.

My wife, Tina, and I are excited and proud that our three daughters share our same passion and deep commitment to educating students in Pleasanton schools. With three of our nine grandchildren currently attending schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District, Tina and I have a strong, vested interest in Pleasanton schools and continuing the district’s history of excellence in education.

Broad and Deep Experience in Pleasanton Schools

Steve Maher with six of his grandchildren, who attend Pleasanton schoolsI was principal at five Pleasanton schools: Alisal, Donlon, and Vintage Hills elementary schools and Pleasanton and Thomas S. Hart middle schools. 

Prior to becoming a school administrator, I served as a classroom teacher, including five years as a resource teacher in special education, at Fairlands, Valley View, and Vintage Hills elementary schools. 

After retiring, I served as an interim school administrator at Amador Valley High School; Harvest Park Middle School; and Fairlands, Lydiksen, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, Valley View, Vintage Hills, and Walnut Grove elementary schools.

I have also coached numerous youth athletic teams, including girls varsity basketball and championship teams at Foothill High School.

A Recognized Leader

Throughout my career, I have been recognized for my leadership and service to the Pleasanton education community. 

Steve Maher with the California State PTA's highest honor, the Golden Oak Service Award, presented by the Pleasanton PTA Council in February 2016I have received several Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Honorary Service Awards. In 2016, several months before I was elected to the Pleasanton school board, I was deeply honored when the Pleasanton PTA Council presented me with the Golden Oak Service Award, the California State PTA’s highest level of service award, for making significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in the Pleasanton schools and community. 

I am also grateful to have been recognized by local community partners in education. The Tri-Valley Special Education Local Plan Area has given me both a Certificate of Recognition and a Make a Difference Award for my efforts to serve students with special needs.

While working in the schools, I was named Administrator of the Year and, earlier in my career, Teacher of the Year by the Pleasanton Unified School District. I also received an Outstanding Service Award from the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation, an Excellence in Education Award from the Pleasanton PTA Council, and multiple Outstanding Program Awards from the Alameda County Private Industry Council.

In addition, while serving as a principal, three of my schools (Alisal Elementary, Donlon Elementary, and Hart Middle School) were named California Distinguished Schools, an award given by the California Department of Education to the state’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools.

Education, Credentials, and Military Service

  • Vietnam War veteran who served as a U.S. Navy medic from 1967 to 1969
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science
    • Emphasis in Asian Politics
    • Minor in Biological Science
  • Master of Science in School Administration 
  • California K-12 Life Teaching Credential
  • California Administrative Life Credential

Learn More about Steve

Honoring Mr. Maher: Hart gym named in honor of retiring principal, Hart Middle School website, June 7, 2010

  • “It is estimated that Mr. Maher has directly affected the lives of more than 15,000 students in his career with the Pleasanton school district,” school board president Chris Grant said.
  • “Mr. Maher is the Wizard of Pleasanton,” Grant said, likening Hart’s principal to the powerful and all-knowing Wizard of Oz. “As with the wizard, Mr. Maher has led the way for countless students to look inside themselves to find the special skills they need to succeed as students and human beings.”

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