Dr. Stephens is a native of Jeffersonville, Georgia where he began his teaching, administrative career. He is a graduate of Twiggs County High School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tuskegee University in 1995. Dr. Stephens holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Southern University and A&M College, his Educational Leadership endorsement from Troy University and received his PhD in Educational Leadership from Mercer University in 2009. Dr. Stephens has worked at both the middle school and high school levels. He is the former principal of Thomson Middle School, the first and only Title I whole school STEM Certified school in Georgia. He currently serves as the Director of School Operations for Houston County Public Schools where he supervises 16 elementary and middle school principals. Walter and his wife Renee, who is also and educator, have been married for 18 years. They are blessed to have four children-James, Joseph, Jordan and Jonathan.