WEST ALEXANDRIA — Derek Flatter was hired as the Twin Valley Community Local Schools’ new 7-12 Principal during the TV Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 28.
His official start date is Aug. 1, but he has already begun working in the district to prepare for the new school year.
Flatter has been married for 13 years. Togetherthey have four children, ages 12, 10, six, and four. They enjoy “chasing after [their] children,” taking them to events, and being outside.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Wilmington College and was employed at Tri-Village Local Schools following his time there. During his employment at Tri-Village, he earned his Master’s Degree at Indiana Wesleyan University. He went on to earn his Principal’s License at the University of Dayton.
He taught 11 years at Tri-Village Local Schools, before moving on to serve as middle school principal at Eaton Community Schools for five years. During that time, he worked with the Dayton Regional STEM Center where he held the title of Lead STEM Fellow. He also coached basketball and baseball. He was a union president and served on a number of leadership boards as well.
According to Flatter, he has been familiar with Twin Valley Local Community Schools for years and is looking forward to being a part of their leadership team.
“Twin Valley South is a big part of the community and that community feeling that I know and love. This is something I wanted to be a part of. Knowing that I could work closely with Scott Cottingim as the superintendent — knowing how strong their staff was here is important to me,” he said.
“I expect there to be a lot of differences [between being high school principal at Eaton and 7-12 principal at Twin Valley]. I want to keep my passion towards working with middle school age, which I still am, but really expanding on my leadership opportunity here with working with high school and understanding graduation requirements, being a part of that big piece for students prior to them entering the real world is something really important to me.”
For Flatter it is important that he get to know the community as he prepares to take on this new challenge. He wants to familiarize himself with the past successes and areas of concern in the district. He wants to be accessible to the community.
As Twin Valley’s 7-12 principal, he hopes to be transparent with the community, celebrate growth, raise the bar of expectations for students and staff, be open and honest with all stakeholders, and be easily accessible to students, staff, and the community.
“I always put this quote above my office, and it is at the bottom of my emails — it is, ‘Doing the right thing is rarely easy,’ but we must do what’s right for our kids and the students, if you will. That is something I want [the community] to know. I will do what’s right for the students,” Flatter said.
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