Steve Cozine spent his early childhood in the small town of Piedmont, Missouri. When he was ten, his family moved to Alton, Illinois where his mother worked as a school teacher, and his father began working as a parts manager at a Ford dealership. Steve moved to Las Vegas in 1966. He and his wife, Linda began their teaching careers at Lincoln Elementary School where they both taught fifth grade. In 1980, Steve transferred to Ruth Fyfe Elementary School to be closer to his home.
The Cozines were very involved with the Clark County Classroom Teachers' Association. Steve held almost every office in the association and manned almost every committee. Steve became a full-time Education Lobbyist at the Nevada Legislature in 1983. When he returned from his duties as a lobbyist, he continued teaching at Ruth Fyfe Elementary. Steve moved to R. O. Gibson Junior High School where he taught science until 1996. At that time, he was elected as the Clark County Educators' Association's President and Public Employees Retirement Systems' appointee, and eventually ended his career in education.
Steve Cozine was also involved many areas of the community. He was a Boy Scouts leader, the President of the Silver State Coin Club, and the President of the Las Vegas Numismatic Society. To this day, Linda is still an active member. Steve was also involved with the Las Vegas Audubon Society, a neighborhood captain for the American Cancer Society, and the Neighborhood Watch Program, just to name a few.
Steve Cozine was an inspirational master teacher, a community leader, and a dedicated husband and father. Within the halls of Steve Cozine Elementary School these attributes are memorialized.