Wooster Welcomes New Edgewood Middle School Assistant Principal

Wooster City School District recently hired Martin Yoder as the new assistant principal of Edgewood Middle School, who will officially begin his new role on Aug. 1.

Yoder, who was approved by the Board of Education on June 26, will replace Steve Furlong. Furlong was promoted to the role of principal at Parkview Elementary School in Wooster.

As Edgewood’s new assistant principal, Yoder plans to first learn the names and faces of every student, parent and staff member while furthering his understanding of the district’s processes and culture.

“I look forward to working with the students and teaming up with parents, staff and administration to ensure they are optimally prepared for the next phase of their education and continued personal growth,” said Yoder. “In addition to working with Principal Warner, Superintendent Tefs and the rest of the administrative team, whom I have admired for their leadership, I am excited to learn from and collaborate on projects that enhance the learning environment for our students.”

Yoder has described himself as an adaptive, balanced and strategic leader focused on positive growth. Living in Wooster with his wife for the past 25 years, Yoder always wanted to become more involved in the school system and community in a greater capacity. 

“I am confident I can contribute to a number of initiatives and programs that are already in place to support and enrich the lives of our youth and community,” said Yoder. “As an administrator, I also plan to continue my formal education in order to increase my knowledge and development as a leader, all with the goal of adding value to others and helping them develop leadership in themselves.”

Yoder will join WCSD following his professional experience as Black River Local School District’s high school principal for the past six years. Additionally, Yoder was a mathematics teacher at Fairless Local Schools for 17 years and received a master’s degree from Ashland University in Education Administration and Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development. 

“We are excited to welcome Marty as the new assistant principal of Edgewood and know he will make a positive impact on the lives of our students,” said Superintendent Tefs. “He is passionate about our schools, our students, our families and our Wooster community.  We love that he is local and already has six years of administrative experience.”