Rotary Lunch Program: Dr. Steven Cook, Bend/La Pine School District Superintendent

On Tuesday, October 5 2021, our lunch speaker will be Dr. Steven Cook, the new District Superintendent for Bend/La Pine School District.

Dr. Steven Cook is a Kansas native, making way to Bend-La Pine Schools via Coeur d’Alene Public Schools in Idaho, where he served as Superintendent. Prior to Idaho, he served as Deputy Superintendent in Douglas County, Colorado. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three grown children and a new rescue puppy.

Dr. Cook is passionate about public education, having spent his life dedicated to serving schools and students – 13 years as a teacher, 12 years as a building administrator, and now beginning his eighth year as a district leader.

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Please note: to reduce the risk of spreading COVID to other club members and guests, we’re asking that only those who are vaccinated attend in person.

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  Dr. Steven Cook

As a longtime educator, Dr. Cook believes strongly in trying to follow the Platinum Rule: treat others the way they want to be treated.

To him, this means creating an environment in which every student feels welcome, starting with small steps that can make a huge difference: Every student gets eye contact; and every student hears their name used positively – from our hallways and classrooms to buses and ballfields. He believes in holding students to high expectations where staff won’t accept anything less from them than their very best – when students have an anchor in great relationships, they can do great things.

Dr. Cook believes that strong relationships, built on collaboration, listening and trust, are at the foundation of any great school system… much like Rotary’s mottoes of Service Above Self and One Profits Most Who Serves Best.

This meeting will both in-person at the Riverhouse (Convention Center – Room Cascade AJ), and virtual. Join the Zoom Meeting here: RCGB Zoom Link

You can also call in to the meeting at (669) 900-9128 and enter meeting ID: 692 491 9146. If you’re asked, the passcode is 5110.

We will record the presentation for others who aren’t able to attend at noon.