The Community School in Sun Valley will have a new, highly experienced Upper School director this summer. On July 1, Brian Yager will officially take the reins as the administrative supervisor for grades nine through 12.
"I am really excited about this move, as is the whole family," Yager said. "As it becomes a reality, it becomes more invigorating."
For the past 16 years, Yager has worked at his alma mater, Cate School, in Carpinteria, Calif. At the Cate School, Yager worked in several capacities including director of residential life, chairman of the mathematics department, summer school founder, chair of the faculty advisory committee and director of the annual fund.
As a faculty member, Yager taught math, economics and human development. In addition, he coached lacrosse, water polo and soccer.
Yager holds bachelor's degrees in applied earth science and quantitative economics from Stanford University and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. Yager also was awarded a Klingenstein Summer Fellowship from Columbia University in 1995.
Yager said he has been drawn to the Sun Valley area for a long time.
"We have visited the area every year for the past 10 years," he said.
Yager and his family plan to relocate to the Wood River Valley in June.
"In my interactions with the school and when I came to visit, I found The Community School to be a great environment in a lot of ways," Yager said. "The teachers are passionate and professional, and they share a great interest in the students and the school."
Yager said he loves living in the Santa Barbara area and that there are only a few places that could pull him away. Sun Valley happens to be one of them. He and his wife, Megan, will enroll their children, Will, 11, Claire, 7, and Caroline, 4, at The Community School in the fall.