Yvonne Lloyd Etherington graduated from BYU in 1972 and has been putting her education to good use ever since, advocating for technology in the classroom.
When she graduated from BYU in 1972, the technological age was in its prenatal stage. Although the world didn’t know it, it was gearing up for huge surges of innovation, which has greatly affected the world of education. As a result, Etherington spent the majority of her career in the Title I program implementing computer assisted learning programs.
“I was fortunate to be part of cutting-edge technology,” Etherington shared. “There is nothing better than seeing a child working independently on a computer or iPad as they learn at their own speed.”
She has witnessed even more technological advances within the fields of education since she began her career. Etherington has seen how many kids can struggle with basic reading and math skills and how the implementation of different technologies has helped teach kids to learn on their own.
Another benefit Etherington has seen with technology in the classroom is how much easier it is for teachers and parents to monitor the individual needs of each student.
“Programs such as Skyward let parents know where their child stands in class requirements, concept mastery, and performance,” said Etherington. “Many of the programs include print-outs that [show] exactly where each student should be working. Teachers love reports!”
She didn’t always know what she wanted to do—but Etherington found her niche in education.
“As a freshman, I had no idea of what I wanted to become. . . . I signed up for a class in elementary literature just because it would fit with my schedule,” Etherington said. “On the first day of class, [the professor] shared her favorite books. . . . I decided right then to become a teacher.”
Etherington attributes her time at the Y with her success and confidence as a teacher and a reading specialist.
To those considering a career in education, Etherington offers this advice: “Don’t get discouraged. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Search for class activities on the Internet. You do not need to reinvent the wheel!” Finally, she says, “Enjoy the journey and take care of yourself.”
In addition to a successful career in the Title I program, Etherington has spent 17 years as a grant reviewer for the Department of Education, reviewing and ranking proposals for new and innovative ideas. She and her husband currently live in the Herriman, Utah, area and love it.