The Lamkin brothers grew up in southern New Jersey with teaching in their blood. Both of their parents are retired public school educators and other family members have been involved in many aspects of education as teachers, administrators, school secretaries, substitutes, and board of education members.
Steven M. Lamkin, Ed.D. currently serves as the Lead Learner / Elementary Principal and Assistant Head for Academics (PreK - 12) at a faith-based private school in Salisbury, Maryland. After graduating from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Steven taught kindergarten and 2nd grade while also obtaining a Master’s Degree in Reading. He served as a reading specialist and instructional coach for three years before moving into administration. Steven holds a doctoral degree in Innovation and Leadership from Wilmington University. His dissertation research, “The More I Watch, the More I’ll Learn”: Teacher Professional Growth and Development Through Video, was internationally recognized by the Emerald Research Group. Steven was also named the Maryland Outstanding Young Educator of the Year (2007) by the Maryland Jaycees.
Steven’s personal vision is to help create a school that students and staff can’t wait to come to each and every day. His leadership priorities revolve around fostering relationships to sustain positive school climate and culture, serving as a literacy leader, promoting meaningful technology integration, and providing innovative and personalized professional development for staff. In addition to being a school administrator, Steven is an adjunct professor at Salisbury University and Wilmington University, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of literacy instruction, classroom management, and educational psychology.
David S. Lamkin, M.A. lives in southern New Jersey with his wife and two children. After graduating from Messiah College with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education (K-12), David moved to Clayton County, Georgia to begin his teaching career. From there, David moved back to his home state and has taught elementary music in Linwood, New Jersey for the past six years. This year, David is starting a new position within the district as the middle school music teacher, choir director, and assistant band director; he also serves as the president of the Linwood Education Association’s Chapter of NJEA. David also holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University, a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Strategies from Augustana University, and plans to one day complete a doctoral degree in Education.
David's ultimate goal is to become a school administrator so that he can continue to convey his passion for equality in education for all students. He serves on various school and county committees and collaborates with other teachers and administrators at the local and national levels so that he can continue to learn to be an effective leader and help better the schools and community in which he serves. David was recognized as the Point Man of The Year in Clayton County, Georgia (2012) and received the Epicurean Society of Southern New Jersey Outstanding Educator Award (2015). He designed and implemented an elementary STEAM curriculum and developed a service project that brought books to students in need, leading to a unique cross-country school partnership.
The Lamkin brothers both possess a strong commitment to faith, to keeping family as a priority, and to quality coffee! They are excited to embark on this educational journey together and hope to make a positive and lasting impact on their own professional practice and in the lives of their students, schools, communities, and families.