Not much has changed for David VanderYacht since he became a teacher in 1992. As the new assistant superintendent for the Lynden School District, VanderYacht has the same sense of excitement now as he did then with the goal of “contributing to the likelihood of positive outcomes for all students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”
Most recently the principal at Isom Elementary, VanderYacht officially started his tenure in the district office on Aug. 1. And while the transition doesn’t come without a sense of loss, he’s focused on a district-wide effort to better the experiences of all students.
“Admittedly, I miss the relationships and direct impact on the lives of young people I had as a teacher and coach,” he says. “Administration at the building level afforded me an opportunity to work closely with exceptional staff, students and families in creating a positive school experience for children. I have no doubt that my work across the district will be equally rewarding and I look forward to the collaboration it takes to provide a safe, meaningful and engaging experience for all stakeholders.”
VanderYacht’s key role as assistant superintendent is to lead human resources and operations.
“The addition of this position will provide support and guidance for the personnel management processes and general operations of the school district,” says Jim Frey, superintendent. VanderYacht will also help share the workload needed to plan for and build two new schools.
A 1986 graduate of Lynden High School, VanderYacht attended Edmonds Community College, Western Washington University and City University. He holds a K-8 elementary education teaching endorsement, a 4-12 psychology endorsement and a principal’s certificate and in 2013 earned his superintendent’s credential.
VanderYacht has served in the Lynden School District since 1992 when he was hired to teach seventh and eighth grade English and social studies. He taught in the middle school for 10 years. In 2002 he became the middle school’s assistant principal while serving as director of the Lynden Summer Migrant Program from 1996 to 2006. His principalship at Isom started in 2004.
Along with his positions held during the normal school day, VanderYacht has coached football, basketball, baseball and softball. He serves on the Lynden Scholarship Foundation Board and is an active member of Calvary Creekside Church.
“David’s unique experience in Lynden as an active community member, coach, youth advocate and school leader has equipped him for the role of assistant superintendent for human resources and operations,” says Frey.
VanderYacht sees his role as connecting and releasing the positivity that exits naturally within the district employees as they work for the greater purpose of public service.
“Lynden Schools are exceptionally, and appropriately, focused on the services we provide to the students and families of Lynden, but it is also profitable to invest in our employees,” he says. “I hope to contribute to the continued development of a strong partnership between the school district and greater community in creating the conditions for all stakeholders to thrive.
“School districts play a significant role in the vitality of any community and we all share a tremendous responsibility to the children, families, businesses, retirees, public entities and future generations.”
VanderYacht has a fresh focus in his new role, noting the hiring of 30 new educators and support staff, a group he wants to help make successful as they look to serve the community, and taking part in the groundbreaking of the new Fisher Elementary School, which marks a key milestone in the start of building projects within the district.
“There are some exciting things happening throughout the district and I’m humbled and blessed to be a part of them,” he says.
Just like in 1992, VanderYacht wants that excitement and those positives to transfer to the students.