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Yvonne Lloyd Etherington, class of 1972
Yvonne Lloyd Etherington has been an advocate for technology in the classroom since graduating in 1972 from BYU's College of Education, now the McKay School of Education.
When she graduated, the technological age was in its prenatal stage. Though the world didn't know it, huge surges of innovation were gearing up that have greatly affected 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 says. "There is nothing better than seeing children working independently on computers or iPads as they learn at their own speed."
Etherington has witnessed many technological advances within education since she began her career. She has seen how many children can struggle with basic reading and math skills and how the implementation of different technologies has helped teach children 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," says Etherington. "Many of the programs include printouts 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 what I wanted to become. I signed up for a class in elementary literature just because it would fit with my schedule," Etherington says. "On the first day of class, the professor shared her favorite books. I decided right then to become a teacher."
Etherington attributes her success and confidence as a teacher and a reading specialist to her time at the Y.
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 U.S. Department of Education. reviewing and ranking proposals for new and innovative ideas. She and her husband currently live in Herriman, Utah, and love it.