HCS Changemaker: Mrs. Yvonne Sanderson

Congratulations to Mrs. Yvonne Sanderson, a Project Lead the Way and Greenpower teacher at McNair Junior High School, who has been selected as this week’s HCS Changemaker!

Mrs. Sanderson was originally a biology student at Tuskegee University.  One summer, she helped middle and high school students who were struggling with math, science, and English.  That experience showed her that she had a passion for helping students bridge gaps, and that it takes mastery of all areas to excel in any one of them.  Now, as a STEM teacher, she says she helps students “bring it all together” every day.  Coming from a family of educators, the transition to teaching seemed a natural fit and so she began a 5th year master’s program in biology education.

“She’s just a great teacher,” says Assistant Principal Johnny L. King, “she does a heck of a job here at McNair.”  Mrs. Sanderson’s classroom is a place where students are often moving about and getting hands-on with projects, whether that is working on a Greenpower car or using software to assist with city planning projects.  McNair student Layla Bafford says, “I feel like she’s readying us for the future.”  Mrs. Sanderson shows her students a lot of STEM tools used by different fields so her students can think about career options.  Mrs. Sanderson says, “It’s just rewarding to see the kids grow.  It’s rewarding to see them go on to the next stage in life, and it’s rewarding to know that I’ve had something to do with that.”

When she isn’t teaching, Mrs. Sanderson likes to travel and has visited a lot of interesting places, such as Barbados and Puerto Rico.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and also volunteers in the community.  Mrs. Sanderson is an active member in the local chapter of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and is a member of St. John AME Church.

Mrs. Sanderson works every day to improve the lives of the young people in her classroom.  McNair student Jakayla Williams says, “She really listens to what we have to say, and she encourages us to do the best that we can possibly do.”  It’s clear that Mrs. Sanderson exemplifies what it means to be a changemaker.

Each week, ETV will showcase an outstanding Huntsville City Schools educator as a feature in the “HCS Changemaker." Highlighted recipients receive gifts from SchoolCraft.
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