Yvette chose to attend UGA because of its academic reputation – and scenic campus. “I remember visiting the campus during my senior year of high school, and I like to say that the sky smiled at me. I just knew it was the place for me,” she said.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in marketing from the Terry College of Business in 2003. The stature of her degree from Terry College allowed her to easily pursue a teaching career even without a teaching certificate. Her first job after graduation was as a marketing teacher for Morrow High School in Morrow, Georgia.
“I wanted to teach marketing. I wanted to give back to the community in that way, and I really fell in love with teaching,” said Yvette.
Yvette returned to UGA to earn her master’s and Ph.D. in workforce education from the College of Education. While a student, Yvette continued to volunteer at local high schools. In 2012, she was selected as Educator of the Year for the Georgia Marketing Education Association.
Currently, Yvette teaches business and entrepreneurship at Eagle’s Landing High School. Her curriculum gives students hands-on opportunities to learn how to run a successful business. By helping them launch businesses, like selling phone cases or homemade cakes, Yvette hopes to inspire an entrepreneurial mindset that will help her students achieve future goals. Though her degrees qualify her to work at the college level, Yvette feels she can make the biggest impact by providing high quality instruction to high school students.
“I want my students to realize that they are incredibly important – that they deserve this,” said Yvette. “I want them to know that it’s important to me that they have the foundation to be successful.”