Yolanda was fortunate to be in many classrooms with teachers who instilled in her a love of learning, but her fourth grade teacher made the biggest impact on her life. She was positive, loving, funny, and made learning fun! It was that year that she decided she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. Yolanda wanted to be just like Mrs. Kendall! She wanted to spread her enthusiasm for education to children, not knowing that this love would eventually spread to educators, administrators, and school districts as well!
After graduating with a degree in education and an endorsement in Reading, Yolanda began her diverse teaching career in Oregon and then moved to the state of Washington. During her time as an educator, she taught a variety of subjects to a wide array of learners, ranging from Kindergarten to adult educators. However, the one thing that has remained a constant in her career is her love for teaching Literacy. Literacy is fundamental in understanding all subjects as well as being the key to understanding and expressing one’s self. As a past national Step Up to Writing trainer and Instructional coach for Voyager/Sopris Educational Services, she has facilitated workshops across the country. Yolanda has been deeply involved in curriculum and results oriented instruction since entering the field of education. She continues to work in the classroom, on state projects, and at the national level bridging the achievement gap.
Currently, Yolanda lives in Liberty Lake, Washington with her husband, Nick. She loves reading, playing tennis, walking/ hiking outdoors and spending time with her 5 grandchildren. They really are the center of her universe! She also enjoys trying new and adventurous recipes out on her family; although, she can’t say that they are as fond of her culinary experiments as she is. Yolanda is grateful to have a job that allows her to draw on the elements of teaching that have long been a part of who she is while working with students and teachers who continue to inspire her each day.