Company: DeLand-Weldon High School
Location: Bethany, Illinois, United States
John P. Yeakel, teacher at DeLand-Weldon High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics education.
With fond memories of graduating high school in a class of just 19 students, Mr. Yeakel has dedicated his career to providing his students with the level of care and attention that only small schools can provide. As the head of the mathematics department at DeLand-Weldon High School, he coordinates the math program while mentoring and collaborating with new teachers and setting up each curriculum. Moreover, he is credited with establishing and performing all training for the transitional math program, which was approved by numerous local universities. Dedicated to enriching the lives of his students both in the classroom and on the playing field, he has also excelled as a football, basketball, and track and field coach for junior high and high school.
Mr. Yeakel took an early interest in education and was known for the assistance he provided to many teachers at his high school, and he obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 2005. Prior to starting his teaching career, he worked at the Bridgeton Firestone plant in Decatur, Illinois. Mr. Yeakel has maintained professional affiliations with the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Illinois Basketball Coach Association.
Mr. Yeakel is gratified to treat life as an equation, actively seeking new ways to solve the many problems that arise each day. A celebrated Marquis listee, he is proud to have been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among American High School Students. He attributes his success to his ability to learn from his mistakes and hopes to establish a strong foundation for math within the school community. Above all, he is proud to serve as a mentor and provide assistance to his students in any way possible.
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