Yvonne serves as the Program Coordinator for the Bosch Eco & STEM Teacher (BEST) Grant Program at the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER). Her work focuses on the program’s management, building and sustaining relationships with a diversity of stakeholders, and providing professional and administrative support in service of P-12 teachers through the daily administration of the BEST Teacher Grant Program and partnerships.
Prior to joining the Marsal Family School of Education, Yvonne was an elementary teacher for 18 years. She received her Master of Arts and Certification from the University of Michigan and her Specialist Degree in Reading Education (with a concentration in Children’s Literature) from the University of Georgia. On her “bucket list” is to one day write her own children’s book.
Yvonne has a strong commitment to advancing educational equity and is passionate about providing teachers with funding opportunities as they construct engaging and inspiring learning opportunities for students of all ages. Throughout her teaching career, she was the recipient of grant awards that supported creative project-based learning activities through literature, technology, and social justice. Through The Foundation for Excellence, Yvonne was the recipient of the Clarke County School District Frieda M. Thomas Teacher of Promise Award (2006). She received the 21st Century Classroom Grant Award (2005), the Eve Marie Carlson Memorial Service Learning Grant Award (2011), and the Teacher of Excellence Classroom Grant Award (2011, 2012).