Dr. Dave Moyer, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Dave Moyer is beginning his third year as Arlington Central School District Superintendent. The 2023-24 school year marks Moyer’s 26th year as a public school administrator, his 14th as a superintendent. Dr. Moyer served as an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and athletic director prior to becoming a superintendent. He was named a Superintendent of Distinction in the State of Illinois on April 21, 2015.
Under Moyer’s leadership, several of his districts have received national, state and local recognition. In October 2021, Arlington was named Hudson Valley Magazine’s Reader’s Choice as a top school district in the Valley. His previous district, Elmhurst (IL) District 205, was named the 2019 Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Exemplary District for Overall Excellence in Whole Child Education for providing Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported, and Challenging learning environments for children. He was the superintendent for Moline-Coal Valley (IL) at the time, which was recognized in July 2015 as a national District of Distinction by District Administration for its work in the area of administrator capacity building. In Elmhurst, he led an intensive four-year community engagement effort, Focus 205, that resulted in the successful passage of a $168.5M referendum on November 6, 2018.
This past spring, Moyer was recognized by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club for his commitment to the education of the community’s children. He has a long history of involvement in local Rotary Clubs. He is a Harris Fellow and is currently a member of the LaGrange Sunrise Rotary.
Upon his arrival in Arlington, Moyer led the drive to create Arlington Connect, a comprehensive community engagement effort that to date has resulted in the development of the District’s Portrait of a Graduate. During his time as Arlington’s superintendent, the District has implemented Universal Pre-Kindergarten, solidified phonics instruction, installed interactive flat panels in every classroom, developed career pathways, established a business incubator program, and strengthened its Professional Learning Communities by adopting a system of short-cycle improvement planning. One of the primary focus areas for this year is to ensure consistent implementation of the District’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) for students.
During his time in Arlington, the district has committed to personalizing learning and ensuring equity for the students it serves. In the past two years, nearly 400 more students of color and economically disadvantaged students have participated in Advanced Placement coursework than in previous years. The District participates in the My Brother’s Keeper program. Three of its schools have earned the No Place for Hate designation.
Dr. Moyer is noted for his work leading innovation. Arlington is involved in the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Learning 2025 Network, comprised of districts across the country committed to student-centered, equity-focused, future driven learning experiences for all students. Through its involvement, the District has participated in the national IDEAL Cohort—Innovative Districts Educating All Learners. In Elmhurst, his leadership teams participated in the AASA’s inaugural Innovation and Transformational Leadership Network and in Harvard University’s Scaling for Impact project. In 2018 Moyer was one of 33 educators from around the country selected by Education First to travel to Finland to learn about its highly regarded education system.
Dr. Moyer and his teams have presented at numerous state and national conferences, including the AASA’s National Conference on Education and the International Center for Leadership in Education’s National Model Schools Conference. In June of 2023, a team of Arlington administrators presented at the AASA Learning 2025 National Summit in Washington, D.C., on the topic Arlington Central School District’s Journey to Personalizing Learning. His article “Creating Coherence with Instructional Rounds” was published in the December 2017 issue of School Administrator. He is a regular book reviewer for the publication. Click here to follow Dr. Moyer’s blog, The Hudson Chronicles. Dr. Moyer previously served on the Illinois Association of School Administrators’ Student Growth Sub-Committee and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Work Team to develop a new statewide principal evaluation system.
As a superintendent and throughout his administrative career, Moyer is noted for implementing programming for students consistent with the Learning 2025 principles, including Business Incubator programs, instructional coaches, Two-Way Dual Language Spanish Immersion, Project Lead the Way, career pathways, systematic intervention and enrichment opportunities for students, comprehensive middle school redesign, Freshman Academy, and the construction of four new schools with modernized media centers and learning spaces.
Moyer earned a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 2004. He holds Master’s degrees in Educational Administration from NIU and Sports Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. An English major, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Moyer has worked as a graduate instructor for Northern Illinois University, Aurora University and Western Illinois University. He was inducted into the Sheboygan A’s Baseball Hall of Fame on June 13, 2015. Moyer has many interests outside of school. He is an avid reader and enjoys grilling and music. A former drummer, Moyer has seen Bob Dylan perform live 51 times.
He and his wife, Donna, have five adult children and live in the area with their husky, Juliet.