Yale Educator Award Winners

The Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions has the distinct pleasure of recognizing the following educators as recipients of the 2018 Yale Educator Award. The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels. Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee composed of Yale admissions officers reviews the nominations individually and designates recipients. Of this year’s 371 nominees, who represent 42 states and 12 countries, 59 teachers and 28 counselors were selected to receive the award. In September, the winners were sent engraved desk sets and congratulatory letters, and administrators of the high schools were notified of their achievement.

The entire Yale Admissions Office credits the excellent quality of the Yale student body to educators like these, who shape their students long before they attend Yale, and would like to thank these and all educators for their ongoing efforts in motivating and supporting their students.

Award Winner

Subject/Title

Nominated By

Secondary School

State/Country

Mr. James Tindell

Counselor

Yousra Omer

Auburn High School

AL

Mr. Davis Thompson

English

Yousra Omer

Auburn High School

AL

Mrs. Veta Lewis

Counselor

Davornne Lindo

Central High School

AL

Dr. Ashley Grisso

History

William Mayer

Fayetteville Senior High School

AR

Ms. Judith Harper

English

Melquisedec Lozano

Westwood High School

AZ

Ms. Rachael Hamlet

Counselor

Ikenna Maduno

California Academy of Math & Science

CA

Ms. Carey Lin

Counselor

Albert Lee

Cerritos High School

CA

Ms. Paula Hebert

Counselor

Colman Seery

Claremont High School

CA

Ms. Melissa Luna

Science

Matthew Weisenberg

Freedom High School

CA

Mr. Paul Doan

Mathematics

Cathy Duong

Garden Grove High School

CA

Mr. Donald Tulac

Mathematics

Amandeep Heyer

Henry J Kaiser High School

CA

Ms. Tricia Bryan

Counselor

Saenah Boch

John Marshall High School

CA

Ms. Anna Maria Vaccaro

Counselor

Justin Yamamura

Saint Ignatius College Prep

CA

Ms. Francie Salle

History

William Salaverry

Sir Francis Drake High School

CA

Mr. Ryan Jones

History

Alexandra Rocha-Alvarez

Watsonville High School

CA

Mrs. Karen Brossia

Counselor

Tulsi Patel

Yucaipa Senior High School

CA

Mr. Shaun Mitchell

English

Arnold Setiadi

Central Magnet High School

CT

Mrs. Dominique Argo

Counselor

Mahdeen Khan

James Hillhouse High School

CT

Mr. Alex Sinclair

History

Mahdeen Khan

James Hillhouse High School

CT

Mrs. Elizabeth Stack

Counselor

Leila Iskandarani

Coral Gables Senior High School

FL

Mrs. Melissa Kimball

Counselor

Zehua Chen

Lake Howell High School

FL

Mr. Glen Arterburn

Mathematics

Zehua Chen

Lake Howell High School

FL

Ms. Laurie Smith

Science

Jose Garcia

Osceola County School for the Arts

FL

Dr. Lauren Doyle-McCombs

French

Daly Joseph

Paxon School for Advanced Studies

FL

Mrs. Lori Featheringill

Counselor

Evan Collins

Ridgeview High School

FL

Dr. Alexander Olis

Science

Evan Collins

Ridgeview High School

FL

Mr. Chris Porch

Counselor

Mary Chen

Columbus High School

GA

Ms. Lyndsey Oliver

Humanities/Debate

Mary Chen

Columbus High School

GA

Mrs. Kendra Radcliff

English

Zakaria Gedi

Druid Hills High School

GA

Mr. Matt Bartula

Social Studies

Caleb Crayton

Sequoyah High School

GA

Mrs. Dee Joiner

Mathematics

Lauren Honeycutt

Spalding High School

GA

Mr. Adam Johnson

English

Katie Burchfield

West Hall High School

GA

Mr. Byron Reeder

Mathematics

Blaise Fangman

East Buchanan Community High School

IA

Dr. Lynda LeBlanc

French

Sydney Morrison

Coeur D’Alene Charter Academy

ID

Mrs. Toni Ruiz

Counselor

Sarah Pitafi

Carbondale Community High School

IL

Mr. Robert Clarke

Mathematics

David Diaz

Eric Solorio Academy High School

IL

Mr. Bill Wade

Mathematics

Dana Branstetter

Franklin County High School

IN

Mr. Ben Boruff

English

Lillian Burton

Wheeler High School

IN

Mr. James Sayre

Social Studies

James Land

Anderson County High School

KY

Ms. Cheryl Kirby-Stokes

Counselor

Ethan Brown

Gatton Academy of Math and Science

KY

Ms. Leah Lentz

Counselor

Marcus Shallow

Louisiana School For Math, Science and the Arts

LA

Dr. Pamela Francis

English

Marcus Shallow

Louisiana School For Math, Science and the Arts

LA

Mrs. Ann Presley

Counselor

Yehia Elkersh

Saint Paul’s School

LA

Ms. Monica Grehoski

English

Alexander Chen

Algonquin Regional High School

MA

Mr. Chris Urbine

Mathematics

William Doyle

Ayer Shirley Regional High School

MA

Mr. Martin Berryman

Science

Matthew Chin

Malden High School

MA

Ms. Janet Neyer

English

McKinsey Crozier

Cadillac Senior High School

MI

Mr. Paul Epps

Science

Evan Parker

Central High School

MO

Ms. Alyson Levine

Science

Charles Loitman

Ladue Horton Watkins High School

MO

Ms. Erica Zins

Counselor

Kincaid MacDonald

Sentinel High School

MT

Ms. Sarah Pohl

English

Kincaid MacDonald

Sentinel High School

MT

Mr. Christian Pocock

History

John Brockmeier

Kearney High School

NE

Mr. Chris Pillette

English

William Schroeder

Delbarton School

NJ

Mr. John Lerner

Science

Matthew King

Charles W. Baker High School

NY

Mr. Anthony Brunetti

Science

Annasimone Andrawis

Staten Island Technical High School

NY

Mrs. Elizabeth Waite

Mathematics

Jeffrey Yu

Union Endicott High School

NY

Ms. Cindy Phillips

Mathematics

Anna Tender

White Plains High School

NY

Mrs. Jessie Oliver

Spanish

Alexis Ball

Bath High School

OH

Mr. Aaron Walker

English

Sharla Moody

River Valley High School

OH

Mr. Kevin Lydy

History

Peter Day

Yellow Springs High School

OH

Mrs. Jennifer Denslow

Performing Arts

Jamie Marrara

Oologah High School

OK

Mr. Jon Robertson

Social Studies

Jeffrey Fife, Jr

Preston High School

OK

Ms. Deanna Hadden

Counselor

Lucy Duran Camacho

Union High School

OK

Ms. Corinne Valois

Mathematics

Elaina Foley

South Medford High School

OR

Ms. Lauren Cicale

Counselor

Kaitlin Kelly

Kutztown Area High School

PA

Mrs. Amy Howard

History

Kaitlin Kelly

Kutztown Area High School

PA

Mr. Jonathan Odom

Counselor

Nashirra Best

Daniel Boone High School

TN

Ms. Shelia Clark

English

Nashirra Best

Daniel Boone High School

TN

Ms. Patricia Magilke

Counselor

Luis Leon Medina

Bellaire Senior High School

TX

Mrs. Shari Lippe

Counselor

Elexis Hernandez Sanchez

Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School

TX

Ms. Chelsey Hernandez

History

Elexis Hernandez Sanchez

Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School

TX

Mrs. Tracy Cooper

Science

Mia Haraguchi

Dripping Springs High School

TX

Mrs. Michelle Mendoza

English

Mauricio Gonzalez Sanchez

Franklin High School

TX

Mr. Yavuz Bulut

Science

Rachel Mgbeike

Harmony School Of Innovation - Katy

TX

Mr. Johnny Kay

Counselor

Adam Wassilchalk

Hutto High School

TX

Mrs. Melissa Hollingsworth

Science

Juan Serna

Hutto High School

TX

Mr. Gerald Warren

Counselor

Phuc (Simon) Ta

KIPP Houston High School

TX

Mr. Thomas Goldsbury

Mathematics

Phuc (Simon) Ta

KIPP Houston High School

TX

Ms. Melissa Dupre

AP Capstone Research

Isabella Zou

Westlake High School

TX

Mrs. Cathy Doxtater

Mathematics

Hsin-Wei Chen

Westside High School

TX

Mr. Ted Liu

Counselor

Mengying Cheng

William P. Clements High School

TX

Mrs. Karen Bell

Mathematics

Yousof Omeish

W. T. Woodson High School

VA

Mr. Steve Darnell

Social Studies

Christina Tuttle

Liberty High School

WA

Mrs. Dawn Poepping

English

Eleanor Conover-Crockett

Beloit Memorial High School

WI

Mr. Abdulnassir Abdullah

Counselor

Yoftahe Milkessa

Hilltops Academy

Ethiopia

Mr. Hector Kunkpeh

Science

Afia Sarpong Frimpong

Wesley Girls High School

Ghana

Mr. James Coltella

Counselor

Syimyk Kyshtoobaev

The Skinners’ School

United Kingdom