Chenowith to step down as YHS athletic director

Yosemite High School Athletic Director Michele Chenowith has decided to relinquish her athletic director duties effective June 30, so that she may return full-time to the classroom and focus her athletic attention on the Badger volleyball program.

“Being athletic director has been a great opportunity for me to grow as a professional, but the time commitment associated with the position has made it difficult for me in other areas,” said Chenowith. “Our Yosemite High School math department is heavily involved in implementing the new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the extra time I gain back from not being athletic director will be beneficial in the transition. Being athletic director has taken me out of my classroom a lot for North Sequoia League and CIF meetings. I hate missing class so often, so by stepping down as AD, I will be in my classroom with my students more.”

Chenowith was named the Madera County Teacher of the Year in 2013 for her efforts as a mathematics instructor. She has served on a countywide team of mathematics instructors sponsored by the Madera County Compact to develop new courses to address the needs of schools in the transition to Common Core. She Chenowith was a co-author of the new sequence of such math courses at YHS, and also teaches the school’s Advanced Placement Calculus courses.

Chenowith has served as athletic director for much of the past three years. At the same time, she has been responsible for teaching four periods of mathematics each day. The longtime head volleyball coach returned to the program in 2014 and guided the Badgers to a second-place finish in the league and a quarterfinal appearance in the Central Section playoffs.

“I would like to give more energy to the Yosemite volleyball program,” Chenowith said. “We have an amazing group of volleyball players that I want to make sure has every opportunity to be as successful as possible in the sport.”

“Michele has done a terrific job for Yosemite High School as athletic director,” said YHS Principal Randy Seals. “She has guided our athletic program through some challenging times, and her leadership in that process has been outstanding. The loss of her as our athletic director will be a huge gain for so many more of our math students as she returns full-time to the classroom, and our volleyball program will continue its return to dominance with Michele at the helm.”

“I’ve met some great people and built some new relationships as AD, which is what I will really miss,” Chenowith said. “I’ve worked more closely with the YHS administration during my time as AD and I’ve found them to be an exceptional group of people, and I have the highest respect for them all.”

The search for a new athletic director is already underway. Chenowith will remain in the position through the end of the school year, with her replacement to begin on July 1.

- Yosemite High