Dr. Young’s career in education spans more than 45 years. As a graduate student in the Ohio University School of Music, he worked as an assistant to the Director of Bands, Dr. Thomas Lee, and a part-time employee in the School of Music Library. Upon graduation, he served more than a decade as the high school band director at Fairfield Union Local Schools (his high school alma mater). He then became an elementary principal, serving in that capacity more than 20 years in both the Northern Local Schools and Lancaster City Schools. While principal of West School in Lancaster, Young was elected by his peers to serve as the president of the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA) as well as the National Association of Elementary Principals (NAESP), the only past-president of OAESA ever to advance to the elected leadership role of the national association. Upon retirement in 2004, Young played a vital role in the development and growth of the West After School Center before accepting an opportunity to serve as the President & CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based National AfterSchool Association (NAA) in 2010.
Young began teaching music classes as an adjunct at Ohio University-Lancaster in 1983. He currently teaches Introduction to Music Theory (for non-music majors), the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, an Introduction to Folk Guitar Class, and an Introduction to Teaching class for aspiring middle and high school teachers.
In February 2018, Young will present two workshops at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Annual Professional Conference in Columbus. His workshop session titles are (1) 101 Tips for Music Teachers (from a Principal’s Perspective) based on content from his book, Enhancing the Professional Practice of Music Teachers: 101 Tips that Principals Want Music Teachers to Know and Do (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2010) and (2) Navigating the Transition from College to Teaching Music: Tips and Advice from a Principal.
A trombonist, Young has taught dozens of trombone and low students from the Fairfield County area during his career. The Ohio University School of Music faculty and Society of Alumni and Friends recognized him with both an Achievement in Music Award in 2004 and the Service Award in 2007.