Nanette L. Yabiku

Nanette L. Yabiku

Title: Academic Coach
Company: Thorner Elementary
Location: Bakersfield, California, United States

Nanette L. Yabiku, Academic Coach at Thorner Elementary, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education services.

For over three decades, Ms. Yabiku has provided superior education as an elementary school teacher, with 26 of those years for the Bakersfield City School District. Since 2016 she has excelled as an academic coach with the Juliet Thorner Elementary School, where her responsibilities include coaching teachers and developing curriculum. As a special education facilitator, she works with special education teachers and conducts meetings with parents to determine which children require evaluation for special needs education.

Ms. Yabiku has also prospered as an executive director of The John Maxwell Team, an elite, global community of certified coaches, trainers, speakers, and other professionals devoted to inspiring positive life transformation by helping people achieve their personal and professional potential.

Ms. Yabiku obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1984 from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. She later continued her education with a master’s degree in 2018 from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

According to Ms. Yabiku, continuous learning and professional growth, particularly after she began training with the John Maxwell Team, played a significant role in her professional success. Being able to understand personal growth, including how the brain works, and leadership principles served as a gateway to many developments in her career as an educator. As a career highlight, Ms. Yabiku feels a great sense of satisfaction from having helped create a program in their school’s system that allows for the full inclusion of special needs children, particularly those with autism. The program has been successfully adopted and integrated into the school’s structure, making special needs students happier, as they are now indistinguishable from other students even while their needs are adequately met by specialists other than special education teachers.

Ms. Yabiku is looking forward to retirement in the next few years, along with being able to build a consulting business that would allow her to bring all the beneficial education, leadership and organization coaching programs she has developed over the years to other schools.

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