Director of College & Career Services/Academic Counselor/Career Exploration Enrichment Teacher, Belmont Charter High School
Guiding students to reach their greatest potential!
Ms. Yuille joined the Belmont family in 2010. She brought her expertise as an Academic Counselor and immediately began creating systems to prepare our 8th grade students for high school. She partnered with high school admissions teams throughout the city to ensure that our students were prepared and accepted into the schools that best met their needs and supported their ambitions. Through Ms. Yuille’s Career Exploration class, students are exposed to a range of career paths.
Ms. Yuille is now an integral part of the Founding Leadership team at Belmont Charter High School. As Director of Career and College Readiness, she works with all students and families to map out college and career pathways as early as 9th grade. Ms. Yuille advises students on their academic needs in relation to their long-term and short-term goals. Her dedication and investment in our students’ success is paramount in meeting Belmont Charter Network’s vision for providing every child with an individualized growth plan where they can reach their potential from kindergarten through 12th grade.
12 Questions with Ms. Yuille
Where is home?
I grew up in Chicago, IL and now live in Havertown, PA.
When you were your students’ age, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a teen, I wanted to be a Broadcast Meteorologist. I always wanted to be on the news and enjoyed watching and analyzing weather events growing up.
What was your favorite subject as a student?
My favorite subject in school was writing class. I was shy growing up and writing gave me an avenue to express myself.
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a career counselor/teacher because I have a passion for helping others. My God given purpose is to help lead and direct the future of youth. By being a career counselor/teacher I can help point students in the right direction when it comes to choosing careers that they will excel at and be happy with. Being happy with a career can lead to a happier home life, a greater sense of accomplishment, and economic stability.
What is the best part of your school day?
I enjoy talking with students about their futures. My best part of the day is when I have Individualized Career Planning, ICP, meetings with our students. It gives me the opportunity to talk with students about their passions, explore careers related to their passions and help students set goals for their future.
How do you create joy in the classroom?
I create joy in the classroom or in my office by giving positive feedback and a platform for students to express themselves.
What is the best field trip you have ever taken?
Attending college tours are my favorite field trips. It gives students aspirations to work toward and these outings allow them to see firsthand what college life might be like for them.
What have you learned about yourself this year?
I’ve learned that hard work and determination do pay off. I have been given the opportunity this year through my role as Director of College & Career Services to hone in on my leadership abilities, while learning from others. I have seen my ideas mature into reality and that makes me proud, gives me a sense of accomplishment and motivates me to work even harder.
What is the greatest challenge you face as a teacher and how do you overcome it?
The greatest challenge is changing work habits and motivating students towards success. Many of our students like the thought of going to college and working within a career, but lack the work habits, skill sets, and motivation needed to get accepted and succeed in college or the workforce. I work to overcome this challenge by creating awareness of opportunities available to our students through advisory lessons, workshops, career expedition week where they explore different careers, college tours, field trips, and through bringing in professionals to share their career paths with students.
What makes your school a special place?
The mission, students and my co-workers all make BCHS a very special place to work. We truly have a family atmosphere that goes beyond the walls of our building. Even on the toughest days, my relationships with the students and staff make it all worth it.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I’ve been given is to always put your best foot forward, no matter if anyone is watching or not. That’s how you build true character.
Whom do you most admire?
My Mother is the person I admire the most! She truly is a blessing in my life.