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Exceptional Staff Member of the Year

Yawn Chosen as South Dodge Elementary

Teacher of the Year for Exceptional Children


Mrs. Yawn is a 2008 graduate of Dodge County High School. She graduated from Western Governors University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2019 and then completed her Master’s Degree in 2020. She will graduate this summer from Augusta University with her Specialist Degree in Advanced Educational Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education. Mrs. Yawn began her teaching career with Middle Georgia Community Action Agency’s local Head Start program where she taught for 5 years. She began teaching at South Dodge Elementary in 2020 in the Special Education department.  


Mrs. Yawn is married to her husband, Tyler Yawn, of Milan where they reside with their two dogs and cats. Yawn is a member of Chauncey Baptist Church.


Mrs. Yawn’s philosophy is that all children deserve a fair and equal chance at an education.  She states, “My students deserve the same education as the rest, but I have to know my students' personalities and teach them in ways they respond to best. I like to focus on their strengths and tweak my teaching to reach every student and make sure I meet their needs. Even on a bad day, my students know they are safe and loved in my four walls. I try my best to give each of my students the materials and knowledge to have a bright, successful future.”

The administrators at South Dodge commend Mrs. Yawn for her unwavering commitment and dedication to excellence in education.  They stated collectively that “Mrs. Yawn is an absolutely fantastic teacher who strives to make a positive difference in the lives of her students, and she is very deserving of this honor.”