BRADENTON -- For Dan Vande Pol, returning to Bradenton Christian School is a homecoming of sorts.
Bradenton Christian named Vande Pol its newest superintendent in July, and with three weeks of classes under his belt, Vande Pol is excited for what the new school year brings, he said Wednesday.
"Being a superintendent is a real blessing for the impact you can have on all the classrooms," Vande Pol said.
Vande Pol, who started his career teaching fifth grade at Bradenton Christian in 1988, replaced Dan van der Kooy, who retired at the end of the last school year.
Vande Pol began transitioning in July.
"Dan has a passion for Christ, for students, teachers and staff, and for helping raise up the next generation of Christian leaders," a release about Vande Pol said Wednesday.
He also taught and coached basketball until 1996, when he moved to Iowa for another teaching position. He moved back to Florida nine years ago to serve as an administrator at Lake Worth Christian School in Palm Beach County, where he also assumed the roles of assistant superintendent, admissions director, elementary principal and international student coordinator, according to the release.
"We had always wanted to come back to Bradenton," Vande Pol said.
Vande Pol is married to Amy Vande Pol. They have four children: a senior at the University of Florida, a high school sophomore, a fifth grader and a second grader.
Vande Pol received his undergraduate degree from Dordt College and has a master's degree in school administration.