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A conversation with Mrs. Yates, Bullard’s first AP coordinator

Lanie Cheng and Madison Garcia

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Molly Yates, an educator at Bullard for 11  years – and a Bullard graduate –  is the school’s first Advanced Placement coordinator. “Being the first ever AP coordinator can be tricky, because there are many questions you don’t know the answer to,”  Yates said. But she enjoys the challenge and plans to stick with it.

“This job is paving the road no one’s been on,” she said. Her goal is to create a great AP culture on campus. But no matter how much she loves her job, her favorite place is still at home with her two sons, ages 4 and 8.

Q: What do you like about being an AP coordinator?

A: I like it because it’s a new job after being a teacher for 14 years, although it’s challenging because I am the the first AP coordinator and I’m still learning.

Q: What AP courses do you teach?

A: I teach two classes of AP literature to seniors.

Q: What jobs did you do before coming to Bullard?

A: I worked at Round Table Pizza in high school. My dad owned a construction company, and I was the secretary of that. I also was a substitute teacher.

Q: When did you decide to become a teacher?

A: When I was a junior in high school. My first love was literature and reading, so I knew I wanted to do a job that involved reading, so teaching was kind of the obvious choice.

Q: What college did you go to?

A: I went to Fresno State. I don’t know why, but I just wanted to go there.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about teaching at Bullard?

A: The bond with the students and staff. It really does feel like a second home with a second family.

Q: What advice would you give someone who wants to become a teacher?

A: That it’s a very fulfilling job and that being at work, it never feels like a job. It’s more like a second home. That it never gets boring and there’s always something interesting happening.

 

 

 

 

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