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Aledo ISD hires Science Instructional Specialist

Michelle Yates has been named Science Instructional Specialist K-12 for Aledo Independent School District beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

With a total of 20 years experience in public-school education, Yates has been an “integral part in the ongoing development and revision of the Aledo ISD science scope and sequence.” She also brings an “extensive amount of experience in offering professional development to her peers,” having served as an instructor for the Texas Education Agency Statewide Science Academy Initiative, and conducting workshops for state and regional science conferences.

Kathy Allen, Aledo ISD Executive Director of Curriculum, said Yates will be an “absolute asset in this position for the students of Aledo ISD.”

“Her professionalism, experience and enthusiasm are the perfect combination for the many responsibilities in this area of district growth,” she said.

Yates will work with campus principals and administrators in developing and supervising the district’s science instructional program. She also will evaluate the materials and effectiveness of the K-12 program based on analysis of national, state and district assessments and recommend changes as appropriate.

Yates has served in Aledo ISD since 2007 as an eighth-grade science teacher, K-5 science lab specialist and most recently as a sixth-grade science teacher. She also has participated in a variety of science-related leadership positions, and has received numerous academic honors and awards. In 2012, Yates received the Marva Collins Aledo ISD Teacher of the Year Award, followed by the 2013 Region XI Elementary Teacher of the Year Award. She has secured approximately $50,000 in grant monies to promote science and technology initiatives in Aledo ISD. As a result, her students received recognition in the top 20 National finalists in the Disney Planet Challenge in 2012. In 2010, her students were selected as Disney Planet Challenge State of Texas Winners. Yates also was a 2006 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

“We are pleased to have Michelle’s wealth of talent and experience on the Aledo ISD instructional staff,” Allen said.

Yates received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University. Her Masters of Education from Texas Wesleyan University has an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction in Physics. She also holds memberships in numerous professional associations related to her career.