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Jessica Yanoff is a Special Education teacher, an experienced tennis player and is heavily involved in the 3D printing industry.
As a special education teacher, Jessica Yanoff dedicated last year focusing on the elementary school level. Her passion for working with and supporting special needs children is seen in her professional career and achievements. It is also illustrated by her involvement in her Master’s thesis that revealed how online video games can help children cope with ADD and ADHD issues. As the youngest education major at Lynn University to graduate with her master’s degree, her passion for the industry is apparent in much of her work, and she strives to improve her skills with every responsibility she takes on.
In addition to her education work, Jessica, along with partners, has a patent pending on a 3D printing company. The company intends to create 3D golf head covers, printed with any face the consumer wants. This company is a joint project, supported in part by a California-based IT company. The partner company has 55 programmers overseas and will focus on creating technology to mass-produce 3D printing products.
Along with her education career and 3D printing venture, Yanoff is also deeply invested in tennis. She has played since the age of eight and has won two high school State Championships. In college, she was ranked among the top 10 players in Florida and top 80 in the nation. In addition, she has played in three National Championships and was MVP in the 2010 season. Jessica wants to share her skills with young players and guide them in their tennis careers. She currently works with high-level tournament players in an after school program, Top Gun Tennis Academy, to help improve the skills of talented high school students.
In addition to her education work, Jessica Yanoff, along with partners, has a patent pending on a 3D printing company. Yanoff's company intends to create 3D golf head covers, printed with any face the consumer wants. This company is a joint project, supported in part by a California-based IT company. The partner company has 55 programmers overseas and will focus on creating technology to mass-produce 3D printing products.
Along with her education career and 3D printing venture, Yanoff is also deeply invested in tennis. She has played since the age of eight and has won two high school State Championships. In college, she was ranked among the top 10 players in Florida and top 80 in the nation. In addition, she has played in three National Championships and was MVP in the 2010 season. Yanoff wants to share her skills with young players and guide them in their tennis careers. Yanoff currently works with high-level tournament players in an after school program, Top Gun Tennis Academy, to help improve the skills of talented high school students.
Yanoff received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Lynn University, in Boca Raton, Florida. At Lynn University, she received State of Florida Certification in Elementary Education (K-6), as well as State of Florida Certification in Exceptional Student Education (K-12).
Jessica Yanoff's degree had a concentration in Pre-K through Primary Specialization, and she is ESOL and Reading Endorsed. ESOL, also known as English for Speakers of Other Languages, helps teachers reach students who are learning to master English while in the school system. It helps improve their function and abilities within the education arena, and does not assume students are already literate in English, or their native language. Yanoff believed this could help her reach and improve the education lives, as well as personal lives, of the students with whom she interacted.
During her undergraduate studies, Jessica spent time student teaching and completing her practicum at two elementary schools. To address her practicum, she was required to create and implement elementary school lessons, which were aligned to the Sunshine State Standards. These standards help teachers clearly understand what students are expected to learn throughout their education career.
With these guidelines, teachers and parents are better equipped to help students succeed. The Sunshine State Standard is designed in a way that makes lessons relevant to the real life situations students will face and helps them gain skills they can apply in college and in their future careers. Florida adopted Common Core Standards in 2010 and expects to fully implement the plan in the 2014-2015 school year.
In addition to developing and executing lesson plans, Jessica Yanoff created instructional strategies and modified lessons according to individual need. She understood that her students needed special attention to succeed, and put strong focus on delivering personalized attention to each and every student. While at this school, Jessica also worked as a mentor and tutor to help students improve their skills and understanding of the curriculum.
During her time student teaching, she took full responsibility for teaching and leading a classroom. This included designing and executing weekly lesson plans and administering reading assessments, as well as FCAT. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, which began in 1998, was a state effort to improve levels of student achievement. Tests are given to students between grades three and 11 and use curriculum-based criteria to evaluate students' abilities in reading, writing, science and math. In the 2010-2011 school year, the state moved to "FCAT 2.0" as well as Florida End-of-Course assessments, however many students will still take the traditional FCAT until the new plan is fully implemented.
To help her professional development, Yanoff worked with FCAT, as well as Fountas and Pinnell Reading Benchmarks. The benchmark assessment, as described by Fountas & Pinnell, works to provide the most up-to-date tools to measure student success. It relies on teacher and administration feedback and has made recent changes to provide a larger dose of support for development and growth in educators and the education system.
In addition to administering state exams and planning classes, Jessica created an inclusive classroom environment to help promote students' academic, emotional and social growth. To help supplement this effort, she worked to maintain strong communication between her students' families and herself, through parent-teacher conferences and various other methods.
To help students with their emotional growth and management, she relied on her past training and widely accepted teaching strategies to help encourage positive behaviors among students in the classroom.
While working alongside parents and teachers, Yanoff consistently maintained her duties to grade papers and projects but focused on providing helpful, encouraging, and insightful feedback. She believed this extra information would help students learn and grow so they could better perform in the future. Likewise, she used Individualized Education Plans to modify work and provide accommodations. These tailored plans worked to highlight student strengths and find methods of improvement for children's areas of weakness.
In May 2013, Jessica Yanoff received a Master of Exceptional Student Education from Lynn University. Prior to finishing her degree, Yanoff worked with at Saint Andrews School to support its summer programs. Here, she accepted a role as a tennis teacher for 35 students between the ages of six and eleven. In addition, she helped to supervise and organize field trips, as well as lead groups in activities, games and overnight trips. Her leadership skills grew tremendously through her immersion in these programs and helped her in various areas, including managing funds for charity events hosted at the school.
Jessica used her personal experience in tennis to help lead her students. She grew these leadership and sportsmanship skills through her many years as a team player. Yanoff began her tennis career at the age of eight and has won multiple State Championships during high school. Once in college, she continued her tennis endeavors and was ranked among the top 10 players in Florida and she was in the top 80 in the United States.
At Lynn University, Jessica Yanoff received Honorable Mention at the All-Sunshine State Conference, and was Team Captain, as well as part of the Second Team in the conference. During her college sports career, she also held a role on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
The SAAC is considered the governing body for the university's student athletes. It is made up of two representatives from each sports team from the college. In this role, Jessica Yanoff was considered the voice of the team and was responsible for relaying crucial information to team coaches, as well as administrative staff. She was also required to participate in the voting process. This helped administration and sports teams improve the student-athlete life at the university.
The committee also worked alongside the CHAMPS/Live Skills Program to help support events. It also helped to evaluate and determine the success of programs and to help improve development of seminars, workshops and other various efforts.
Yanoff recently teamed with partners to help develop a 3D printing company. It was designed to produce 3D golf head covers with images of any face a client wants to see. To achieve this, Jessica Yanoff connected with an IT company based in California, which is working to create and improve technology to mass-produce printing projects.
Jessica Yanoff hopes to continue her career in special education to help deliver the support these students need. She plans to leverage her extensive experience in team playing to help students learn communication and behavioral skills, along with supporting their educational endeavors.
She also aspires to continue working with students outside of the classroom, through her efforts as a mentor, tutor, and in after-school tennis programs. Her passion for the sport of tennis is evident in her work with high-level tournament players. Jessica hopes that her dedication to these students will help encourage them to reach their goals and achieve their dreams of sports success.
In addition to her educational and tennis work, she has plans for her 3D printing company, as well. While partnering with a team and an IT company, Jessica hopes to improve accessibility of 3D printing and make the golf experience more personalized for players.
As this relatively new industry grows, she wants to become a part of the landscape change. She is excited to share her contributions and ingenuity and deliver quality, desirable products to fellow sports lovers. While her partner company works to improve the accessibility of 3D printing products, Yanoff and her team hope their particular products and ideas will deliver a new element to golf by making the experience more individualized.
As she takes on new career ventures, whether in special education, tennis, or 3D printing, Jessica Yanoff hopes to contribute to each industry she touches, by making experiences more memorable, enjoyable, and meaningful.
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