Dr. Sarah Yates

Assistant Professor of Education sjyates@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in Elementary Education, Southeastern University
MA in Literacy in a Diverse Society, University of South Florida
EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, Southeastern University


Sarah Yates graduated from Southeastern in 1993 and immediately began her teaching career in an inner-city school in Tampa. While teaching in a self-contained fifth grade classroom, she served as the school ‘s intermediate math specialist conducting math workshops for faculty. She was named B.C. Graham’s Teacher of the Year in 1996. After teaching three years in the inner-city, she transferred to a Title I elementary school. Dr. Yates developed a writing curriculum to help fourth graders pass the state writing exam and obtained a reputation for her motivational techniques in math and innovative teaching methods in reading and social studies. Dr. Yates was awarded three grants that provided thousands of dollars to develop and support a reading and writing curriculum that incorporated art, drama, puppetry, and publishing in her classroom. She was named Robinson’s Teacher of the Year in 1999. While homeschooling her four children, Dr. Yates served as an adjunct instructor at Hillsborough Community College for 14 years. She also served as a writing professor in the college’s writing center and developed and taught writing workshops and online courses to help college students who struggle with collegiate writing.

Dr. Yates was a member of SEU’s first Doctor of Education cohort. She began teaching full-time in SEU’s College of Education in 2016. Dr. Yates has taught a variety of courses at Southeastern including Language Arts for Educators, Applied Linguistics, Educational Psychology, Math and Science for Educators, Methods of Teaching Mathematics, Methods of Teaching Science, and courses in the doctoral program. Passionate about creativity in the classroom and incorporating the arts across the curriculum, Dr. Yates stresses the importance of establishing an engaging classroom and believes in modeling research-based teaching strategies for pre-service teachers.

Dr. Yates and her husband, Derek, live in Durant, Florida, and have four children. Dr. Yates enjoys instructing pre-service teachers and guiding them in developing their teaching skills. She also enjoys working with doctoral students and encouraging them in their research endeavors. Her research interests include effective practices in teacher preparation programs, active learning, differentiated classrooms, policies and practices in higher education, and innovative strategies for online instruction. Having taught for over twenty years at the K–12 and collegiate levels, she values the importance of a Christian education and says, “There is not a better place to learn and develop skills in the field of education than Southeastern University.”