Paula Yarnot- english teacher

Paula Yarnot- english teacher

A Lesson by Shantel Moore

this is an article i wrote on a teacher, who happens to be the best, is retiring. so we got to know her and here it is.


   After 41 years in the teaching profession, English teacher Paula Yarnot has announced her retirement. She started working at Capital in 1976 and has been teaching here for 35 years.

   Yarnot holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University, and attended Idaho State University and Brigham Young University in Hawaii.

   Her motivation to become a teacher happened in church.

   “The inspiration came from a bunch of five-year-olds in a Sunday School class. I wound up being their teacher and loved it. This was the best decision I have ever made,” she said.

   She is currently teaching English 10, English 12 and English 12 Modified.

   “I choose these classes because I’m a team player. I teach subjects and classes that need to be taught,” said Yarnot. 

   Like most people’s dreams or activities they love to do they have to have a reason for wanting to do it. 

   Her students are also highly shocked and upset that she is retiring. Here are a few of their reactions: “I’ll miss her enthusiasm and hard work ethic that drives us to success,” said senior Kevin Moreno.

   “I love her. She’s just like us. She’s funny but scary. My favorite memory from her class would have to be everyday when she lets the bratty teens know whose boss. My favorite thing about Yarnot is she puts the students in their place. I don’t think she should retire. She is everything. She really is the number one teacher,” sophomore Amanda Speaks said.

   “Please don’t let her retire! She is a sweet, caring woman who truly wants to help us and is not afraid of anything. She has changed me this year for the better. I love Mrs. Yarnot.” Speaks said.

   “She jokes around with all of us and has a good time picking on the students. She also tells the class how it is in such a hilarious way. She always is in a good mood and ready to start the day with a smile and laugh,” sophomore Jasmine Villagomez said.

   Yarnot isn’t the type of teacher to leave without saying a few words.

   “If I could say anything to my classes before I leave it would be this. Be honest, especially when no one would ever know you weren’t. Do your work. Do your part. Stand up for your values, especially in the face of adversity. Avoid betrayal, on your part or from others.”

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Shantel Moore
Shantel Moore

Boise, ID