Yasenchak brings passion to WIHS
Last updated 8/27/2023 at 7:16pm | View PDF
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Thomas Yasenchak has a passion for education and a desire to make a positive impact in the lives of his students. Becoming the new principal of Wasco Independence High School happened naturally, as he climbed through the ranks of administration.
Yasenchak has been in education for 24 years and most recently worked at Cesar E. Chavez High School as a learning director. Before that, he was an English teacher at Wasco High for 10 years.
Apart from his experience in education, he has a master's degree in administration from Fresno Pacific University.
He said he was inspired to serve students after having an incredible experience as a United Way volunteer Big Brother.
"After attending my 'little' brother's high school events, it motivated me to pursue a career in education."
Being a part of the Wasco team at both WIHS and the entire district excites him.
"The students, staff and community are amazing. I just love being a part of this town."
He said he has the skills necessary to excel.
"My focus is always to support our students and staff. I always try to work on the skill of servitude. My experience in education and my background in leadership make me a good candidate."
"This, coupled with my love for the Wasco community, helps me feel confident that I can succeed in the principal role," he said.
He believes that Wasco students are unique for many reasons.
"Students here have a strong sense of community and family. The students have tremendous pride in their schools and great respect for their teachers and staff."
Yasenchak is passionate about helping them succeed.
"Because I know these students can achieve their goals and make a difference in others' lives. You see it amongst the teaching staff in this district. Wasco alumni are teaching in so many classrooms and paying it forward."
He said his main goal with his new role is to continue the success of the school and provide its student body and staff with the support needed for that continued success.
Yasenchak added that his new team at WIHS includes a group of talented teachers and staff.
"Everyone here is committed to the success of our students. The people here truly function as a team and genuinely care for one another. I couldn't be more blessed."
Yasenchak comes from a small town in Pennsylvania named Frackville.
"Wasco reminds me so much of home, and I am so grateful and blessed to have been led to Wasco in 2008. I consider Wasco my home."
He said there is no place like Wasco.
"The people, local traditions like Rose Queen, the Friday night football games, and the local businesses and restaurants are like no other. My family and I love this town."
Yasenchak said he has a long-term vision for his new role.
"I see myself as the WIHS principal many years down the road, but I try to enjoy and live in the moment. When it comes to thinking about the future, I trust that God will plant me in a place where I am needed."