Yvonne Campos is a Biologist, Teacher, Mathematician, Reader and Writer, as well as a Mother, Wife, and Daughter. Yvonne became a teacher in 1998 after completing her Master’s Degree in Biology from Cal State Los Angeles. Yvonne thought she was going to work in a laboratory for the rest of her life but as opportunity would have it, she became a teacher. Determination paid off in the field of education; her first year was trying…her classroom was like a huge experiment full of challenges, and analysis was fundamental to her success as a teacher. Trial and error was an everyday occurrence; reflection and questioning made the year manageable. After the first year, Yvonne came to the realization that discipline is the most important goal in a classroom. Once she defined her classroom environment, the rest was smooth sailing. The years following have been filled with great students and exciting ways to create enthusiasm about science, while teaching life skills that students can use everywhere. Yvonne believes that academic content is important BUT skills that translate across the academic disciplines define a students’ success.
Yvonne currently teaches Biology and AVID, but has also taught Algebra and Geometry. Yvonne has a Single Subject Teaching Credential in the Biological Sciences and a Supplemental in Chemistry, with a CLAD emphasis. Yvonne completed her Master’s thesis at the City of Hope developing a technique analyzing methylation dynamics (DNA). She started her teaching career at Highland High School in Palmdale, CA, and currently teaches at SOAR High School in Lancaster, CA. SOAR is an Early College High School supported by the Gates Foundation. The focus of SOAR is science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), in which students are dual enrolled in college and high school at the same time. The goal of the institution is to provide students with a rigorous and relevant curriculum that creates an academically rich environment that will develop college readiness. In an effort to develop a love for science and math, Yvonne provides students with lots of opportunities to practice reading, writing, using math, and questioning; MEEC Essay Contests, Edison Environmental Challenge, QuikScience Challenge, Math Field Day at Antelope Valley College, Robotics, and the Science Club are a few of the ways Yvonne engages her students in math and science outside the classroom.
Yvonne was recognized as one of MEEC’s “Teachers of Excellence” in 2011, and has been a recipient of many of MEEC’s beneficial programs such as the EnviroBus Bucks transportation grant program, teacher workshops, student essay contests, and MEEC’s participation in her students yearly “Enviro Fair”.
“I try to create a classroom that develops student curiosity through research and inquiry skills. Ideas are always questioned and defended or refuted using data, observations, and published research. I hope this opportunity will enhance their passion for creating a research-based environment in the classroom; where student’s will recognize, understand, and seek solutions to real-world problems that require science and math application.” Yvonne Campos