GLEN ELLYN – Wheaton resident Ben Yates has been appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Community Consolidated School District 89 Board of Education.
The board unanimously approved the appointment of Yates at its Feb. 12 meeting. Yates will fill the remainder of the term of former board member Giselle Sandi-Tapia, which runs through 2019.
Sandi-Tapia resigned in January because new opportunities at her work limited the time she had available to serve on the board. Yates was one of seven candidates interviewed by the six remaining board members in February.
“There were so many wonderful candidates," board President Beth Powers said in a news release from District 89. "Any of them would have made a great board member. Ben stood out for the time he has spent in our schools, as a volunteer and a committee member. He understands how the district works, and the entire board is looking forward to working with him.”
Yates, 40, and his wife, Kristin, have lived in the district since 2012. They have three children, including two who attend District 89's Briar Glen Elementary School in Wheaton and one who will be in kindergarten next school year.
Yates served on both the Superintendent Enrollment and Boundary committees. Through that process, he learned about the complexity of school district operations and became interested in other ways he could serve the district, according to the release.
He has been active in coaching youth sports and working with the B.R. Ryall YMCA Adventure Guides and Princesses program, the release stated. Yates also has frequently participated in the District 89 Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program, which invites fathers into elementary school classrooms to mentor students.
During his visits, Yates was awed by the strong relationships teachers had built with their classes, as well as the comfort even the youngest students have with technology, according to the release.
“It was very impressive,” he said in the release. “I really appreciate the innovation taking place every day in our classrooms.”
Yates earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Ball State University and a master's degree in sports management from Florida State University, the release stated. He is the vice president of the American Foundry Society in Schaumburg.