Teacher Feature: Yavonda Kemp

Photo of teacher Yavonda Kemp

“My journey to teaching has been an adventure,” says Yavonda Kemp. As a girl, she set up school for her baby dolls and teddy bears. Now, Ms. Kemp has been a kindergarten teacher at Wesley since 2016. One aspect of Wesley that originally drew her attention was our IB curriculum

“I love that I can help students who come in literally not knowing any letters or numbers and unlock the keys to literacy and math,” she says. “I enjoy building a strong educational foundation for academic success that students can have years after they leave my classroom.”

Photo of Ms. Kemp teaching in math class. Teacher in red Wesley shirt sits at table with students using math flashcards.

Ms. Kemp loves seeing her students demonstrate risk taking, learning, and trying new things. Once she had a student who could not decode any short vowel words. He wanted to practice during recess, so they wrote the words on the sidewalk with chalk to practice reading aloud. “Once he read one word,” she says, “he was so happy he started running around the playground saying ‘I did it, I did it.’”

“I love to see students learn, progress, and grow, as well as stumble, make errors, and fail,” Kemp says. “I will do everything I can to help, encourage, and motivate them to achieve their goals. I have modeled for my students what is possible and what they can accomplish via our words and deeds.” She hopes her students will enjoy not just learning but being themselves. 

Ms. Kemp - thank you for following your dreams and teaching our students to always try their best and never give up, too!