State College School Board Approves Danielle Yoder As Acting Assistant Superintendent


Danielle Yoder. Photo of Nabil K. Mark | State College Area School District

The State College area school board on Monday approved the appointment of Danielle Yoder, the district principal for the past three years, as acting deputy superintendent for elementary education.

Former principal of Easterly Parkway Elementary and Virtual Academy K-5, Yoder replaces Vern Bock, who has left the district for a post of assistant superintendent in public schools in Frederick County, Virginia.

“I am honored and thrilled to become a member of the State College Area School District Leadership Team,” Yoder said in a statement. “Over the past three years, the District has provided me with an abundance of opportunities to collaborate, learn and grow as we move forward on our journey to meet the needs of all students and families in the District.

“I intend to continue to build relationships with all stakeholders because I believe they are the key to our students’ success. Finally, I look forward to being able to support and help guide the teachers, staff and administrative team so that we continue to unite and work together to meet the needs of our teachers, students and the community.

As Deputy Superintendent, Yoder will be responsible for Corl Street, Easterly Parkway, Ferguson Township, Gray’s Woods, Mount Nittany, Park Forest, Radio Park and Spring Creek elementary schools.

Prior to joining Easterly Parkway in 2018, Yoder spent 12 years with the Penns Valley Area School District, leading Center Hall-Potter and Miles Township Elementary Schools before becoming Principal of Penns Valley Elementary and Middle School. She was also the District Title 1 Reading and Assessment Coordinator.

She was also a language arts and math teacher in the Midd-West School District and dropout prevention coordinator at the Lewistown Adult Education and Vocational Center during her 29-year career.

Yoder holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Lebanon Valley College, a Master of Science in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University, and a Master of Science in Reading and Educational Leadership from the University. from Edinboro, where she also conducted Kindergarten to Grade 12. certificate.

“Danielle brings to her new role a stellar record as a gifted educator and exceptional school leader, and I am pleased to welcome her to my office,” said Superintendent Bob O’Donnell. “Her knowledge and experience make her well positioned to lead the growth of our K-5 education and to give our elementary students, staff and parents the support they need.”

Yoder’s one-year contract carries a salary of $ 152,000.

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