Steven Klein and Mary Ellen Schaffer are life-long educators who bring a total of 75 years service in the field of public education. They are married and make their home in St. Charles, Illinois and spend much of their time in their Chicago city loft. Steve and Mary Ellen, when not conducting educational workshops, travel the world.
Steve served as the Director of Student Services for Illinois School District U-46 based in Elgin, Illinois. In this capacity Steve was responsible for all disciplinary matters in this, the second largest school district in the state. Steve also served as the Coordinator of Social Studies, Safe and Drug-free Schools, and Gifted Education within this school district. Prior to serving in U-46, Steve was the Illinois Law-related Education Project Director with the Constitutional Rights Foundation, a position he accepted after working nineteen years in the Philadelphia Public Schools.
Steve has conducted workshops in civic education, peer mediation, law-related education, and gifted education through out the United States and in Eastern Europe. Steve currently teaches courses in school law for Aurora University and the University of New England. Steve has just completed a project which centered on student civic participation for the Annenberg Foundation in Chicago and Philadelphia.
Steve has received degrees in secondary education and educational leadership from Temple University in Philadelphia and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University Chicago.