Southlawn's Yeatts wins Golden Apple Award

Southlawn teacher Meaghan Yeatts wins Golden Apple Award
Posted on 12/02/2020

Southlawn kindergarten teacher, Miss Meaghan Yeatts, is the latest West Irondequoit Central School District teacher to be honored with Channel 8’s “Golden Apple Award.” She was surprised by WROC-TV and Principal, Mrs. Kelly Santora, in class on Monday, Nov. 30 and the news station first aired her story on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Since graduating from SUNY Geneseo, Miss Yeatts has spent her entire teaching career in West Irondequoit. She started in first grade at Listwood in 2013. This is her seventh year teaching kindergarten at Southlawn. A native of Baldwinsville, near Syracuse, teaching is her blood. Her mother was a reading specialist/classroom teacher for 35 years in the Syracuse City School District before recently retiring. Her father teaches physics at West Genesee.

“I saw how hard they worked on lesson plans and grading, but I also saw how they spent their weekends at students’ sports events or driving books and supplies to families or putting on special events,” says Yeatts, adding that she “fell in love with teaching” as a college student while volunteering in her mother’s classroom.

“Both of my parents believe that as a teacher, it's not just about the lesson plans or the academics; it's about creating a sense of community that reaches far beyond the classroom walls.”

Congrats, Miss Yeatts! We’re glad your creativity, passion and dedication are impacting students in West Irondequoit!