Yolanda R. Whitted is an AP English teacher and an advocate for urban gifted and talented youth in poverty in Dallas, Texas.
Yolanda was once herself an urban, unidentified gifted and talented student living as a homeless teen on the South Side of Chicago. Now, she feels understanding her story, challenges and triumphs helps her to be a great support for both students and teachers. She currently conducts research, designs curriculum and creates best practices for teachers in urban classrooms. Yolanda has designed and facilitated professional development across the nation as well as abroad in Oman. She was a presenter at the College Board’s “A Dream Deferred” conference in 2016.
Yolanda is an active North Carolina Central University alumni, as well as a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The National Council of Teachers of English, the National Educators Association, and Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented.