By Keri McQueen, Features Editor

Mrs. Yolanda Bennett is one of Keenan’s new additions to the Science Department.

Bennett’s wide range of education and unlimited experiences set her up for success. She began her education on the right foot and kept going forward.

Bennett has a broad range of education. She received her Bachelor of Science from South Carolina State University, her Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Phoenix, Masters in Health Care administration from the University of South Carolina and has had coursework leading to a specialist certification in curriculum and instruction.

Due to Bennett’s strong experience with previous careers, there is no other job that better fits her than being a science teacher. She uses her previous work knowledge to better educate her students.

“I like Ms. Bennett; she makes learning easy and fun,” Junior Hakeisha Parks said.

Bennett has been a previous employee of United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. She has also been an Ancillary Contracting Specialist for Carolina Care Plan and an Environmental Waste Management Specialist for Savannah River Site.

During her planning period, Ms. Yolanda Bennett prepares for her next class by relaxing in quiet for a moment.  Bennett is new to Keenan’s Science Department this year.  File photo.

Bennett is the proud mother of one daughter, Gabby Bennett.  In her spare time Yolanda Bennett enjoys cooking, gardening, eating and reading. Yolanda Bennett also likes doing fitness activities even though she knows it doesn’t correspond to her eating hobby.

Her favorite color is pink, and she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She has another significant factor about herself; she is a PK, pastor’s kid.

Although it’s Yolanda Bennett’s first year at Keenan, she is not new to the teaching process. She has previously taught at Fairfield Central High School for four years, and she was at A.C. Flora High School before coming to Keenan. While at Fairfield Central Yolanda Bennett was the athletic coaching assistant, and she was Science Department Chair.

“Ms. Bennett is a team player [who] puts forth great effort to assist her department members. She enjoys working with and building relationships with her students,” Mrs. Alexandria Williams, Science Teacher, said.

Students rave about Yolanda Bennett’s heavy use of labs in classes. They like the new experience of more class-inspired labs. They describe the labs as an easier way to understand the curriculum

Being a teacher at Keenan verses other schools is a different experience for Yolanda Bennett. She is very close to the students she teachers. She offers unlimited help, selflessly giving herself afterschool to assist students who may need additional help.

“I can honestly say the relationship you build with students is paramount, and students are more open to relationships at Keenan,” Yolanda Bennett said.