“Word travels fast in a small town, and soon my superintendent was flooded with distressed parents,” she wrote. “He chuckled in sharing these accounts, but he supported my decision and followed up with including this in the parent handbook for the next year.”
Lebanon schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor is one of the four people who wrote a letter of recommendation for Yonts, stating she has been on the forefront of many educational initiatives, not only at Harney but for the corporation as well. Recommendations were also written by Candace Ballinger, a Harney kindergarten teacher; Cayleigh Dial, a Harney fifth-grader; and Kyle Endres, a former Harney teacher and current banker at the State Bank of Lizton.
Dial wrote that Yonts is a “stupendous” principal and always goes above and beyond in her duties. The most amazing thing, she wrote, is when Yonts deals with hardships, like her battle with cancer, she still persevered and put Harney first.
“She always makes school seem fun, even when we are learning,” Dial wrote. “To many students, Mrs. Yonts is a friend more than a principal. I recommend giving a special award to Mrs. Yonts because she is the best principal you will ever find.”
Yonts held a victory party last Saturday in light of several positives in her life right now: this recognition, defeating cancer, having a birthday, and receiving her doctorate degree. Yonts was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. And she walked the stage for her doctorate degree on Aug. 3, receiving a degree in educational leadership from Purdue University.
Yonts will be recognized, along with the other 11 district principals of the year, at an IASP ceremony on Nov. 24. From those 12, one will be selected as the Indiana principal of the year. The winner will be announced at the ceremony.