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I am honored to lead Yellow Springs Schools into the 2022-2023 school year. The past three years have been incredibly challenging. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed every aspect of our lives. Our goal as a district is to take what we have learned through these difficult times to craft our new “normal.” Our goal is to ensure all of our students have an amazing, engaging, and successful school year!

This upcoming year brings some new faces to the district. Our new Fearless Teachers bring enriching academic experiences with them as they begin their work with Yellow Springs Schools students and families. 

We are excited to welcome our Fearless Thinkers back on Thursday, August 18, for an invigorating year of learning. We are committed in our resolve to provide our students with a warm, inclusive, equitable, and safe environment in order to grow academically, emotionally, and socially. Our innovative approach to teaching and learning, of which project-based learning (PBL) is the foundation, is the core of everything we do. 

Our district places a high value on staff collaboration to strengthen and refine our core instruction to support student achievement. Through our PBL approach, every student, from kindergarten to 12th grade, will have standards-based academics embedded in their instruction while participating in hands-on, deeper learning that encourages creativity, collaboration, and exploration. This authentic learning process provides the opportunity to tackle the real-world issues that our community faces and enables them to make an impact locally and globally. 

Our 21st Century approach to learning here at Yellow Springs Schools has made our district a leader in Ohio and part of the movement to prepare our young people to change the world. This is possible not only because of the dedication of our teachers and staff, but also the commitment of our students and their families, the leadership of our Board of Education and administration, and the support of community members who believe in providing innovative, quality educational experiences for children. 

Yellow Springs Schools continues the tradition of growing fearless thinkers and leaders. As we have clearly seen, the hope for a brighter future for all of us lies with our children.

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Terri L. Holden, EdD
Yellow Springs Schools
Twitter: @terriholden



Dr.  Terri Holden has been Superintendent of Yellow Springs Schools since August 2019. As an educator for the last 34 years, Dr. Holden has served as a middle school and high school English teacher; high school assistant principal; middle and high school principal; and Executive Director of Teaching & Learning. She also served as an assistant professor in higher education. She holds a BA from the University of Cincinnati; an MA from the College of Mount St. Joseph; and an EdD from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Holden resides in Yellow Springs with her wife Holly and her dog Bessie.