Yaby Doornink

SIOUX CENTER—Election Day is coming up soon, and when Nov. 2 arrives, area voters can take to the pools to decide who has a seat on the Sioux Center School District Board of Education.

Up for election this year are three seats on the school board, with four contenders. Incumbents are Nathan Bullock, LoriAnne Andersen and Jerod Work. Yeabsira Doornink is the fourth candidate.

School board members serve four-year terms and are elected at large.

Yaby Doornink, 31, of Sioux Center, is a behavioral health therapist at Promise Community Health Center.

She earned her degree in social work at Dordt College in 2012, and her master’s degree in social work from University of Iowa in 2020.

Doornink is married to Dustin Doornink, and they have two children: Jarren, 8; and Dakari, 2.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating, golfing and reading.

Question: What is motivating you to run for school board?

Answer: “I am running for school board because I have a child currently attending school at Kinsey Elementary school so I have a vested interest in the success of our school district. As a mom and a mental health provider, I have a passion for education and mental health to ensure the well-being of our kids. I believe it is vital to increase access to mental health services in our schools to support our teachers/staff and improve the emotional well-being and safety of our kids along with their academic performance.”

Q: What are the main challenges that students and parents face?

A: “Our school district does a great job communicating with parents and having parents involved in their kids’ education. I would like to see our school district continue empowering parents in making decisions on what is best for their children/family.”

Q: What are some areas where Sioux Center School District can continue to improve?

A: “School bus access to every child within the school district, without restrictions. Parents of young children are needing to find an alternative means of transportation or have their young children walk to school on their own because they live too close to school or their day care is located closer to school. In addition, I believe it is vital to the well-being of our students to address mental health needs in the school system to equip them for a successful future by implementing policies that are proactive in aiding the well-being of our students and supporting our school staff in providing comprehensive learning experience.”

Q: What are you able to contribute if elected?

A: “In my career as a social worker and therapist, over the past decade serving children and families in our community has given me a unique perspective. I believe I can contribute a diverse and valuable perspective to the board. I will listen and advocate for our children, their families and our staff given this opportunity to serve the community.”