Teacher Spotlight: Miss Yates

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Staff Spotlight – Miss Yates

Social Media Communications - Kaley Toth

How long have you taught at Lowellville? What made you want to become a teacher? This is my 6th year teaching at Lowellville. When I was in 4th grade, I decided that I wanted to be a teacher. As I got older, I knew that my purpose in life was to teach and hopefully make a difference in my students’ lives.

If you could choose any other career would you change? Hmmm… besides being the personal assistant to Sidney Crosby, probably not. I truly love teaching and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to students and the classroom? Lying. I cannot stand when students lie to me. If you did something wrong, admit it.

What is the biggest thing you do to make an impact on a student’s life? I’m not sure. I try to treat every student with kindness and compassion. I let them know that I believe in them, and that they can be successful in anything if they work hard for it. I also try to get to know my students and have conversations with them. I want them to know that I am here if they need me for anything!

Did you learn the same concepts when you were in high school as you are teaching now? Yes, mostly. I may have learned the concepts in different ways, and the grade levels have shifted slightly, but the general ideas are the same.

What is the most memorable moment that ever happened in your class? That is a tough one. There have been many. One of the funniest moments would have been a few years ago. A former student told another student to shut up. I commented that “we don’t say shut up unless we are saying shut up and dance” (the song was big at this time). The student then stood up and said “shut up” to the other student and then he began dancing. I was laughing so hard that I had tears in my eyes.

What are your hobbies outside of the classroom? Spending time with family and friends, playing piano, watching hockey (Let’s Go Pens!), keeping up with my Disney obsession, and I also love traveling even though I don’t have the money for it very often. J

What is rewarding to you about your job? So many things. I love watching my students grow from 7th grade to 12th grade. The great thing about teaching at Lowellville is that I get to see my students from grades 7-12, even if they are only in my classroom for 2 or 3 years. I love that I can build lasting relationships with my students.

Who is or was your biggest role model? My mom and dad. They are my heroes. They are strong people who would do anything for their family. They taught me that family comes first. They also taught me the value of hard work and kindness.

What advice would you give to a student that is struggling in high school? Ask for help! Your teachers are here to help you, and want you to be successful. In my classroom, as long as you are trying your best, I will do anything I can to help. I know that other teachers feel the same way.

What made you decide that you wanted to work at Lowellville Local Schools? I graduated from Lowellville. The class sizes allow teachers and students to form strong bonds. I loved being part of the Lowellville “family” as a student, and I knew I wanted to come back and be a part of it as a teacher. (Mr. Hunt has my senior spotlight where I said I wanted to be teaching at Lowellville in 10 years.)

How many years have you been a teacher? This school year is my 11th year teaching.

What inspired you to become a teacher? I started tutoring when I was in 4th grade, and I loved that I was able to help my classmates get better grades and gain confidence in their academic ability. Also, my aunt is a teacher, and I always loved hearing her stories and helping her grade papers. She taught me how much of a difference a teacher can make.

How would you describe your teaching style? I try to keep things as interesting and fun as possible. I often change my mind at the last minute about how I am going to teach a concept because I have a new idea that I think may be more beneficial.  I like giving my students the opportunity to work together and share their ideas. I try to reward students for working hard. I also openly share my enthusiasm for learning math and social studies in hopes that they will become more excited about it as well.





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