Steven Ward taught for five years before deciding to join the TFA corps. A successful science teacher who was a valued faculty member of two Virginia schools, he was troubled by the fact that he was one of very few black male teachers, and that the diversity of the students in these more affluent communities did not represent the diversity of the nation as a whole. He joined TFA so that he could serve as a role model to students in a community more like his own.
In 2016, Steven joined the Ryan Fellowship program to continue building brighter futures for kids in low-income communities as a transformational school leader. Today, he is the principal of Aspire Hanley Middle School, part of the Aspire Public Schools network.