My name is Nicole Yakes and I am an Instructional Support Leader for Network 11. Previously, I taught MS Math for 10 years and Algebra in Chicago Public Schools at Sawyer Elementary for 5 years. I also co-facilitated some Leading With Algebra sessions sponsored by DePaul. I currently support several middle schools in the Englewood community that offer Algebra I to Middle Grades students, including Henderson Elementary.
I am interested in Computer Science because it is a growing field and a field which applies the real-world “function mentality” of Algebra. I am also interested in increasing exposure to Computer Science for girls and for students of color. Lastly, Computer Science is something I would like to learn more about as my own understanding and experience is limited, especially as an educator of Computer Science.
Outside of the classroom I like to spend my time outdoors, whether it’s on a walk with my dog, at a concert, or exploring a street fest. I like to stay active and mix up my routine with boxing, kayaking, and interval or spin classes. To relax, I grab a magazine or book and a chair outside.