Thursday November 01, 2018
Dave Hyatt joined the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School team as assistant principal in July of this year.
A native of central Ohio, Hyatt officially made the move to South Burlington to accept this position, although he is no stranger to the Champlain Valley. Hyatt’s wife is a graduate of South Burlington High School and the couple has numerous friends and family who live in both South Burlington and the surrounding communities.
“I’ve enjoyed getting to know the people and culture of the Champlain Valley region for the past 20 years,” he said.
Hyatt has an extensive professional background in education, having worked at the college level for seven years before diving into various roles in public education in southwest Ohio. There, Hyatt taught at both the high and middle school levels for nine years while simultaneously serving as the athletic director. In 2004, he accepted a position as an assistant principal at the middle school level, and three years later moved to the high school in a similar role. Hyatt spent his three years prior to retiring in the Ohio Public Schools as the high school building principal.
Why Tuttle? South Burlington is highly regarded for its great schools and Hyatt learned of the pedigree of the schools and the value the community puts on education. He said this spoke to him.
“I’ve been fortunate to work in communities that support education and I find South Burlington to be no different,” Hyatt said.
Furthermore, Hyatt said he is keenly aware of both the challenges and opportunities inherent in the current educational climate. He noted the evolving nature of education that allows for students to explore their own interests and passions.
“Education has worked hard to provide these pathways for our youth to gain a better understanding of who they are and what they enjoy most,” he said. “As for challenges, my fear is that our young people are being exposed to a very divisive society that chooses to express anger and rage rather than finding resolution.”
Having recently purchased a new home, the settling in process continues, but when those tasks aren’t on the docket, Hyatt likes being active outdoors. He and his wife are exploring their new environs, and Hyatt said he wants to learn more about mountain biking.
“I’ve very much enjoyed my time and find the people to all be very welcoming,” he said of his new community.
SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent