Auburn Teacher is a Class Act

"I love helping kids that normally have trouble succeeding. I like to get them and make them successful, make them believe in themselves," says Pam Yandle, she teaches reading at Yarbrough Elementary in Auburn.

Her students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and read below grade level, but they don't stay there. Principal Debbie Smith says, "we've seen such success with some of our children that started out as struggling readers in second grade and when they graduated from us last year as fifth graders they were fluent readers, they were getting up at assembly programs and reading in front of the whole school."

Auburn City Schools superintendent Dr. Terry Jenkins says, "not only is it her (Yandle's) job, but it's a mission with her own personal beliefs about children. There are no limits as far as what she will go to help her children be successful."

Part of Yandle's blueprint for success takes place outside of the classroom. She often meets with students on her personal time, to expand their horizons. "I want to expose children that are underprivileged or do not have the opportunities that I had to life. Many of these kids do not have vehicles. I like to go and just pick them up and let them look at Christmas lights; things like that. Things that you and I take for granted, these kids are amazed at," she says.

Yandle is also busy outside of the classroom. She's a special education consultant and grade level coordinator. In the past she's served on the at-risk committee for Auburn City Schools and helped teach a class on special education at Auburn University.