Jacinda Yonker February 2012
Our next Teacher Spotlight is focused on Jacinda Yonker of Wadsworth City Schools. Originally from Ripley WV, Jacinda graduated from West Virginia University with her Elementary Education degree, for K-8 in 1993. In 2009 she went on to earn her Masters of Gifted Education from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Currently she is working on her PHD and has been living in Canton for the past 7 years. Her hobbies include reading and making jewelry. She enjoys spending time with her 14 year old daughter Hattie. Jacinda says "My greatest job in life is a mom and I cherish time with my daughter". Jacinda started out working for the Athens Megs ESC and is now employed by the Medina ESC and is considered “one of the family” as the Gifted Coordinator at Wadsworth City Schools.
The programs Jacinda is in charge of are not limited to ‘gifted’ students at Wadsworth. For example, any student who wants to participate in the Lego Robotics program is welcomed to be involved. She looks for students who are interested in building, who are creative and interested in technology; furthermore, they need to be willing to work collaboratively. Currently there are 38 middle school students participating in the after school program. Students can choose creatively what they want their robot to do. Each team must create a robot and a backdrop. One team has created a robot to walk different ‘walks’ down a runway while another has a recycling theme robot who picks up objects.
Jacinda took six teams to the Robofest at the Akron U Center on March 3rd. This was Wadsworth’s second year competing in the category of ‘Exhibition’.
Jacinda has other after school activities and programs she’s in charge of such as: Academic Challenge, Book Clubs, Exploravision, Model UN and Math 24 competition. She is looking forward to starting off the Iditarod project which you can learn more about through the video interview below.