Steven Keller, Ed.D.
Education Support Services Group
Cell: (714) 272-3928
Dr. Steven Keller grew up in El Monte until the third grade when his family moved to Torrance. In high school and college, Steven worked as a paperboy, machine shop janitor, and server at the iconic Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor.
Steven earned his B.A. from Pitzer College in Claremont, his M.A. from the Claremont Graduate University, and his Ed.D. from the University of California at Irvine. During his undergraduate work, he studied Spanish and Mexican culture for five months in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Steven’s professional career has included middle and high school teacher, middle school assistant principal, middle and elementary school principal, director, and assistant superintendent. On January 1, 2023, Steven retired from Redondo Beach USD, where he led a transformation of its learning community while serving as its proud superintendent for over 16 years.
Steven’s resume is complete with a myriad of accolades. Some of the most notable are: Redondo Beach Man of the Year, UCI Lauds and Laurels Alumni Award, ACSA Region 14 Superintendent of the Year, ACSA Orange County Diversity Award, California Association of School Counselors Administrator of the Year, and PTA Golden Oak Service Award. His proudest accomplishment beyond his day-to-day work is that RBUSD earned over $1.5M for the American Heart Association to fight heart disease and strokes. Finally, some may remember Steven as the Principal on the Sundance Channel’s unscripted television show Dream School, Season 1.
With over 36 years of forward-thinking educational experience, Steven brings a unique lens of leadership to ESS. His experience includes successfully passing two multi-million-dollar general obligation bonds, board relations and governance, personnel development, as well as success in creating real-life district vision. Prior to his retirement, he successfully led RBUSD through the closing and opening of schools during COVID-19’s darkest moments, ultimately reinvigorating enthusiasm for teaching and learning.
Steven is married to Kelli Keller and has two children, Jackson and Sloan.