Meet Mr. Yerdon - the Computer Teacher
Name: Daniel Yerdon
Birthday: June 7
Birthplace: northern NY state - Gouverneur
College: State University of New York @ Potsdam
Major: Art Studio, Education / Masters in Technology
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Movies: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Purple Rain
Favorite Foods: Ruben Sandwich, Coffee, Pork Rinds
Favorite Sports: Volleyball, Track & Field (shot put/Discus)
Past Job: butler on private island
Mr. Yerdon was born and raised in the small Northern NY town of Gouverneur. After High School, he attended Potsdam College and received his Bachelors in Art, Education and continued on to obtain a Masters in Educational Technology. During the summers, Daniel started a job as a Butler on a private island in Alexandria Bay. This job lasted an amazing 17 summers.
After receiving his Masters, Daniel spent a couple years in a handicapped classroom, then he ventured off to try international teaching. He accepted a 2nd grade position in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He loved the island country but because of political unrest, he could not return to the Caribbean nation after his summer job.
Friends from college that were living in Florida invited him to come down and try to get a teaching position in Ocala. He accepted a replacement position at a Middle School for a year and then landed a job at the newly opened technology magnet school - Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary where he as been ever since.
Along the way he has done some traveling to Europe, done some teaching for Florida Southern College, held the title of president for a number of years to the local Artists’ Co-op, and became father to two beautiful girls, Diva and Angel. Diva had a wonderful life but crossed the rainbow bridge in 2013 and Angel joined her in 2017.
Mr. Yerdon has been teaching at Dr. NH Jones since 1995 when it first opened as a magnet school. He started as a 5th grade teacher and then moved into the position of computer teacher when it was given to the school as part of the magnet program. The first programs that were used at NHJ were on the old 5 1/4 floppy discs! Remember those?!
In his spare time, Mr. Yerdon is a competitive Shot Put and Discus thrower. He travels the state attending meets on the weekends. In 2015, Mr. Yerdon placed 5th at the Outdoor Masters National Championships held in Jacksonville Florida.
One of Mr. Yerdon’s hobbies for the past 30 years has been stained glass. In 2007 he opened Design by Daniel with the supplies from his extra bedroom studio. Slowly but surely, the shop has grown to a wonderful studio that offers classes, commissions, sells supplies, does repairs, and houses a gift shop of Mr. Yerdon’s work. He goes to the studio after school and on the weekends