MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Yolanda Gonzales

Growing up in Beeville,Texas, Yolanda Gonzales had several memorable and influential teachers who were passionate about learning, reading, and writing. It is their devotion to literacy from which she draws her ideas of what truly makes an English language arts teacher. Yolanda believes the best part of being a teacher is sharing what she loves: the power of language and making connections with her students.

Colleagues have stated that Yolanda’s talent comes through when she is working directly with students. Knowing that poetry was one area where students often lacked engagement, she implemented a poetry cafe and showed her students the enjoyment they can find in poetry.

Ms. Gonzales is currently a Level 2 Google Educator and was recently honored as the 2018 recipient of NCTE’s Outstanding Middle Level Educator in English Language Arts Award. Yolanda serves on her school’s Campus Instructional Leadership Team as an extension of support for teachers and administration. She aims to continually grow as a learner and as a professional.