- Gafford of El Dorado honored with teaching award
Parkers Chapel kindergarten teacher Yolanda Gafford was recently honored with the J.H. Pestalozzi Early Career Award at Southern Arkansas University’s College of Education 2015 honors society ceremony.
Gafford, of El Dorado, did her student teaching at Parkers Chapel Elementary School before completing her Bachelor of Science in Education at SAU in 2011. She immediately started her career at Parkers Chapel because “wisely, they invited her to stay,” said Gafford’s former teacher Dr. Karen Ferneding during the award presentation at the Kappa Delta Pi Spring 2015 Initiation Ceremony on April 22, 2015.
Gafford has been a kindergarten teacher for four years and has been the lead teacher within her grade level for the past few years.
“To enter [Gafford’s] classroom is to be in the center of enchantment. You are swept into a creative world for children – playful, spirited and loving,” said Ferneding.
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