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Difference Maker - Department Chair & Instructor - Yolanda Davis



Dec 16, 2013

WHO:
Yolanda Davis—Difference Maker at the Bartlett Campus


WHAT:
Instructor and department chair of the general studies program


WHEN:
National College of Business & Technology instructor since 2009
Has been an educator of both children and adults for more than 20 years


WHERE:
Holds an Associate of Science degree from Shelby State Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a master’s degree in adult education and administration from Western Washington University


WHY:
“I try to keep my mind and heart open to learning, and applying what I learn, to my life.  I then share that which seems to work for me with others. I tell my students that they should strive to learn something-- a concept, idea, or thought-- which they can take outside of the classroom and apply and share with others.  Experiences gained in life and on the job--each and every job-- can be teachable.

“Our students are wonderful.  They make so many sacrifices-- time and energy. We must respect that.  I am always struck by the tenacity demonstrated.   Also, our students are brave.  Many have not been in school in some time and some have not had the best experiences with school.  I encourage them to acknowledge the fear, and I do my personal best to put them at ease by letting them know I care. Most of them have reservoirs of knowledge and wisdom of which they themselves are not aware until it is pointed out to them.

“My greatest reward as an instructor is when a student tells me that they not only learned the subject matter, but that they learned something about themselves through time with me and fellow learners.

“I love being a member of the National College faculty because the professionalism, mutual respect, strive for academic excellence, and devotion to our students is top notch.”

Yolanda Davis is a Difference Maker at the Bartlett Campus who has taught adults and children for more than 20 years.

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