An interview with Mrs. Yoes

Bella Gonzales, Writer

Mrs. Yoes decided to be a teacher because she was getting paid as a tutor and she realized how good she is at teaching. The funniest moment she’s experienced in a classroom was when she fell off a chair trying to reach for something. She had a big bruise from it too. On her first day of teaching, she said “It felt very very scary.” She explained how teaching is different from what she had first imagined.

“Teaching has definitely been different than I first imagined. Us going virtual changed us and school dynamics,” she said.

Diana Lebsack influenced her with her kindness during her first year of teaching. Mrs.Yoes likes teaching because she can talk and interact with kids and other people. At first, she was going to be a pharmacist before starting her teaching career. She thinks of teaching as being on top of a roller coaster, and a volcano.

The important lesson she has learned in life is, “You don’t know what you don’t know until you’ve learned it.”

Whenever kids were so excited to come back to school in person from virtual, that is what made Mrs.Yoes hopeful. 

Why did you decide to be a teacher?

She used to get paid for tutoring and she realized she was good at it.

What was the funniest moment you’ve experienced in a classroom?

When she fell, taking her chair down with her from trying to reach for something.

What did it feel like on your first day of teaching?

“Scary, very very scary,” she said.

Has teaching been different than you’d first imagined?

“Absolutely. Us going virtual changed us and school dynamics”.

Has a person’s kindness influenced you? If so, how?

“Yes, Diana Lebsack was very nice and kind to me during my first year of teaching”.

What do you like about teaching?

She likes teaching because she likes interacting with kids and other people.

When you were a little kid, was teaching the first job you wanted?

No, she wanted to be a pharmacist.

What is teaching like?

“On top of a roller coaster, and a volcano,” she said.

What are important lessons you’ve learned in life?

“You don’t know what you don’t know until you’ve learned it”.

Do you like coaching volleyball? If so, what do you like about it?

“I love coaching. I like helping students find a way to love the sport”.

Is coaching volleyball and teaching difficult at the same time?

“Yes, during the beginning of the year. It was super overwhelming”.

Has teaching impacted your life?

“Yes, it’s changed the way I’ve looked at the world”.

Was there a time when teaching made you feel hopeful?

“Yes, when we came back from virtual. Kids were so happy to be back”.

What are the most challenging moments you’ve experienced while teaching?

“Going virtual, it was hard without teaching kids”.

Looking back, what advice would you give yourself in your first year of teaching? 

“It’s okay to wing it. Don’t stress out,” she explained.