Yvette oversees Great Schools Partnership’s Parents as Teachers Program. This international evidence-based program is for prenatal through kindergarten and is focused on preparing children for school by empowering, supporting and encouraging parents to be their child’s first and most influential teacher.
This home visitation model is known across the country for supporting ongoing childhood development even after a family has graduated from the program. Knox County outcomes include students consistently demonstrating higher test and reading scores in third grade, nearly four years after leaving the program.
Instrumental in bringing Parents as Teachers to Knox County in 2000, Yvette began as the assistant director of the program. She moved into the director’s role in 2014 and, in 2018, the program earned the Parents as Teachers National Center’s prestigious endorsement as a Blue-Ribbon Model Affiliate after meeting 100 percent of the quality standards. This designation makes it one of the top-performing home visiting affiliates within the Parents as Teachers network. The program also received the Tennessee Governor’s 2016 Award for Excellence in Early Foundations.
Before joining Great Schools Partnership, Yvette worked with Knox County Schools as a registered nurse and continued in this capacity until 2005, while also serving as assistant director of Parents as Teachers. Prior to that, Yvette was a nurse at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. She continues to work with Home Visitation Leadership Alliance and serves on the Board of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County.
Yvette is a native Knoxvillian who attended and graduated from Gibbs High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Tusculum College and a nursing degree from Walter’s State Community College. In her free time, Yvette enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. To relax, Yvette enjoys antiquing and camping.