Steve Bigelow Named Executive Director for Integrated Student Support and Special Programs

Steve Bigelow sitting in the ESD lobby

Bigelow’s leadership is essential as we plan for the next 10 years of continuous improvement and support for our region

TUMWATER – April 14, 2022 – Steven J. Bigelow was selected by Capital Region Educational Service District 113 (ESD 113) on Friday, April 8, as the Executive Director for Integrated Student Support and Special Programs. In this newly created position, Bigelow will maintain and grow ESD staffing for hard-to-find service providers, develop and expand ESD behavior supports and programs, and increase access to other specialty services and programs for people with disabilities. He will directly oversee school-based health services; special programs, including behavioral support services; the Lewis County Special Education Cooperative; and the ESD’s entrepreneurial lines of special programs. He will serve on ESD 113’s Executive Team.

Bigelow has worked at ESD 113 since 2017 as the Senior Director of the Lewis County Special Education Cooperative. He expanded speech/language pathology, occupational therapy, and school psychology services. He also provided behavior supports, braillist services, and audiology services to school districts in our region.

Bigelow chose to apply for this position because providing students equitable access to specialized support is part of his professional mission. He was selected after a comprehensive screening and multi-round interview process.

Bigelow’s new job officially begins on September 1, 2022, to allow time for ESD 113 to recruit, hire, and onboard a successful candidate to replace him as the Senior Director of the Lewis County Special Education Cooperative. Interested candidates are invited to apply.

Fast Facts

  • Capital Region ESD 113 offered Steve Bigelow the role of Executive Director for Integrated Student Support and Special Programs on April 8, 2022.
  • He will maintain and grow ESD staffing for hard-to-find service providers, develop and expand ESD behavior supports and programs, and increase access to other specialty services and programs for people with disabilities.
  • After transitioning from his current role as Senior Director of the Lewis County Special Education Cooperative, his official start date is September 1, 2022.
  • Before joining ESD 113 in 2017, he worked for Yelm Community Schools for 24 years.
  • He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Central Washington University.

Quotes

  • “My vision is for the ESD to be a collaborative partner and comprehensive resource for special programs information and services. If we are unable to provide what you need, we will be able to connect you with someone who can.” — Steve Bigelow, Incoming Capital Region ESD 113 Executive Director for Integrated Student Support and Special Programs
  • “Steve’s leadership is essential as we plan for the next 10 years of continuous improvement and support for our region. He has proven that he can deliver on program goals, recruit and retain staff, and listen and respond to our districts’ needs.” — Dr. Andrew Eyres, Capital Region ESD 113 Deputy Superintendent