LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Yolander Pittman

Position: Principal
School: Hazelwood East High School
School District: Hazelwood School District
City, State: St. Louis, MO

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Yolander Pittman was nominated by her superintendent, Christa Warner.

Ms. Pittman is truly a LifeChanger for her students at Hazelwood East High School. As the principal, her priority is for every student to graduate college or be career ready. Ms. Pittman understands the importance for every student to attend post-secondary school and offers a variety of options for her students. Under her leadership, the school motto is now "Career is our Focus and College is our Choice."

Ms. Pittman has created specific pathways for her students, whether their goal is to attend a four year university or join the military. Students are expected to take courses connected to a career, and make a decision on the level of education they will focus. Any student interested in going to college is encouraged to take honors or AP courses and PLTW courses connected to their career path. Students interested in technical programs are encouraged to do a half day at North County Technical School. Students interested in going to a career out of high school are encouraged to do internships and work towards getting certifications from the community college before graduating.

All students take the Missouri Connections Survey and choose a career path based on their results. There is a counselor and administrator connected to each career path to monitor the success of each student. Students are given options for specific elective classes based on their career path, and each career path has a club connected to it. Though students have the opportunity to change career paths, very few do because their interests are aligned with specific courses. Students meet with teachers who are connected to their career path for 90 minutes each month. During this time, students participate in enrichment activities related to their career path such as listening to guest speakers, watching videos, and attending field trips related to their career path. The teachers also review classes to ensure students are on track with their career path.

The school has a partnership with Washington University, which provides a College Counselor to assist those students interested in going to college and Workforce Development to administer the Workkeys Assessment and assist those students who want to go to a career. They also partner with recruiters from each branch of the military to work with those students interested in going to military, North County Technical School to provide training for those students interested in technical careers, and the community college to assist with completion of the enrollment and registration process.

Students going to a four year college or Technical school are encouraged to take ACT, students going to community college take Accuplacer, students going to military take ASVAB, and students going to a career take the Workkeys Assessment. Teachers are also taking courses through St. Louis Community College to become certified to teach more dual credit courses. The goal is for students to take these courses and graduate high school with fifteen college credits. The school also partners with St. Louis Community College so students can take Early College/Dual Enrollment courses, which will allow participating students to graduate high school with a certification or Associate’s Degree.

St. Louis Community College also does a week-long career path camp for students in 10th and 11th grade. Students tour the campus and department connected to their career path and are able to speak with instructors in different departments about what they should know and be able to do in order to be successful in college. Each year, Hazelwood East High School holds a community outreach night that brings organizations together to showcase summer camps, internships, college recruiters, human resource departments from companies such as: Express Scripts, UPS, FedEx, Ameren, Laclede Gas, Dierbergs, Schnucks, and others. They also invite the elementary and middle school students in the community.

"Yolander has truly been a LifeChanger at Hazelwood East High School," Warner said. "By understanding her students’ interests and goals she has developed pathways for each student to continue their success after graduation."



Comments (128)


Monalisa S. Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Mrs. Pittman! Well deserved honor!

Erica Taylor Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman truly deserves this award. She impacts her community in a very positive way, and sets high standards for each of her students.

Karis Jackson Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is a change agent for the Hazelwood School District. Her grasp of the needs of the students she serves exceeds expectations. I have witnessed the impact that her career path vision has had on students even at the middle school level. She empowers students to dream big and then find the pathways to complete their goals. She is not hesitant to share her own path and the obstacles and success she had along the way. Her candid conversations with students and staff are effective and necessary. I am excited about her nomination for this award. She is servant leadership in action!

Madronica Malone Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is a very innovative high level destiny pusher for the youth that she serves. I personally know many young people that she has impacted directly and "pushed" to a bright and empowered future! She has the ability to do this in any setting and I've seen her do it amongst 2 area districts. She is definitely a LIFE CHANGER of this year, those past & future! Go Principal Pittman!!!

Nancy Lewis Posted over a year ago

If you have been in the presence of Mrs. Pittman, then your life has been changed. She is a staunch advocate for her staff, students and their families. Her vision and passion for education ensure that every decision is based on what's best for students. It's an honor to work with such an excellent role model. Mrs. Pittman deserves congratulations and thanks for being a life-changer!

Claudia Ferguson Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittmann is definitely a life changer. She always find ways to impact children whether school, church or in the community. Her goal is that every child succeed. She has a very special gift with children/youth. She's an exceptional principal. Most of all, I love her commitment, integrity and compassion for the students, staff and people. Congratulations Mrs. Pittman well desired!

Margo McNeil Posted over a year ago

Ms Pittman is a true educational leader and coach. Innovative opportunities make learning at EHS relevant and fun.

Kamila Fincher Posted over a year ago

Congratulations, Mrs. Pittman on your nomination! Your a wonderful person and your dedication in all your duties makes me believe that is why you are a constant percipient of great things. By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others. I am truly happy that you are just not my cousin but a friend. Congrats on this well-deserved honor.

Traci Nave Posted over a year ago

Congratulations, Mrs. Pittman, on this well-deserved honor. It was truly an honor and a privilege to work under your leadership ten years ago as I transitioned to becoming a new administrator in Riverview Gardens. Your work ethic, commitment to scholars, passion for college and career readiness and data driven decision making are still and will forever be a part of my leadership toolbox. I am eternally thankful for your mentorship, but even moreso for who you are as a woman of faith and your continuous presence in my life. You are a life changer because of your commitment to education, as a whole, as well as, every scholar, parent, community member and colleague. You possess the type of dedication to scholars and colleagues that extends beyond the typical work day or school event. Thank you for always being a model of innovation and excellence in educational leadership.

Kimberly Merrill Posted over a year ago

When I walked into my Chemistry class in the fall of 1992, I didn’t know that I was walking into my “life changer” classroom. From 1992 to the present, Mrs. Pittman has been my teacher, mentor, high school college counselor (she served as one to many students while being a classroom teacher) and now supervisor. Mrs. Pittman was one of the most challenging teacher that I had in high school. She was firm, challenging to most and did not relax her standards when it came to her classroom expectations, but that didn’t overshadow her compassion and dedication for her students and their success. As I approached my senior year, I was a student who had a desire to go to college but was unsure of the process for getting there. Mrs. Pittman positive influence to students and parents went beyond the four walls of the classroom. She exposed me to the various colleges and careers and made the dream of being the first in my family to go to college a reality. As a first generation college student, my parents and I were unaware of the process for college admission. Mrs. Pittman guided me and my parents through the college admissions process and stood in as a liaison to ensure that I had a post-secondary plan in place. Although she wasn’t my guidance counselor, she stepped in and provided college and career counseling to me throughout my junior and senior year in high school. As I journeyed through my process, Mrs. Pittman continued to monitor my progress and provide unwavering guidance throughout my undergraduate and graduate degrees. Now as the principal at Hazelwood East High School and my supervisor, she continues to be a visionary that is student driven. She is innovative and always working to enhance processes so that students can maximize their high school experience and be able to meet the demands the colleges and employers. Mrs. Pittman has always stretch students to be the best that they can and when they don’t know what that look like, she creates opportunities to expose students to the world of careers and opportunities within the school setting.

Shonta White Posted over a year ago

As a newer teacher to the district, Mrs. Pittman has had a tremendous impact on my growth and development. My first year as the Journalism teacher at Hazelwood East High School, she often checked on me to see how things were going and if there was any way that she could support my growth. That was the first time I ever had a principal take time out of their busy schedule to check on my well-being. She also suggested helpful strategies that I implemented in my classroom. During our staff meetings, Mrs. Pittman always highlights the positive. She's shown that she cares about us collectively and individually, and wants us to succeed. She creates a sense of unity among our staff. Being fairly new to the district, I've faced some challenges that Mrs. Pittman has helped me overcome. I've never had a principal who was as supportive, approachable, and caring. As an educator, I've experienced six different principals and Mrs. Pittman is by far, the best I've had. She goes above and beyond her call of duty and is very supportive of our staff and students. I love and appreciation great leadership and there's no one more deserving of this award than Mrs. Pittman.

Bessie Deberry Posted over a year ago

Congratulation on your nomination! What you are causing to happen for our young people, changing their lives, God will cause it to come back to you and your seed's seed. May God continue to bless you to do the awesome work you are doing. Aunt Bessie

Subrinia Chappelle Posted over a year ago

As I have watched Mrs. Pittman over the past year and a half, she not only talks the talk, she walks the talks. She is in early and out late. She never ask you to do anything that she is not willing to do herself. She believes in the success of all children even when they don't always make it easy. Innovative is her "middle name" understanding there needs to be multiple ways to reach students. It has been a privilege to work with and learn from her; I am a better professional because of the interactions I have had with her. CHANGING LIVES IS JUST WHAT SHE DOES!!!!

Tyree Davis Posted over a year ago

New Town was always to small for your big dreams. Keep raising the bar there are many more mountains to climb. Congratulations big sis ????

Carrie Parker Posted over a year ago

YAYYY! Congratulations Mrs. Pittman, they could not picked a more deserving person than you Ms. Lady, thank you for caring about our young generation, you strive to make sure they are not left out, they have a great one in the Hazelwood School District, especially Hazelwood East lol Someone who is dedicated, understanding, strong, and works hard for the students, passionate of her peers and helps in the community, you definitely got my vote for this special honor, Thank You for all you do Mrs. Yolander Pittman, we salute you.

Beth Blackwell Posted over a year ago

I've known Mrs Pittman since she was at Riverview Gardens. She has always put her students first and is a wonderful inspiration for them.

Chaketa Riddle Posted over a year ago

Congrats Yolander! You have demonstrated your true professional leadership for many years in urban education. You are an asset to the students, staff, families and the entire school community. You are an amazing person and I am so privileged to have worked under leadership.

Crystal Burton Posted over a year ago

I have known Mrs Pittman since I was little. She is an awesome leader and her love for her students and youth is phenomenal! Congratulations Mrs Pittman on your nomination!

Clarence Holman Posted over a year ago

Keep up the great job I am proud of you.

Viva James Posted over a year ago

Miss Pittman truly is a life changer! whatever School she's is assigned to she makes it better than it was before she got there . That's a sign of a true leader you always want to leave the place better than when you found it. She also teaches others how to become leaders .her Exceptional leadership skills spill outside of the school and also reaches and impact community. She's changing lives and I am grateful for that.

Sonya Taylor Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman has a passion for kids and because of her passion She has truly made an impact on many lives in the St. Louis community. She continues to make a great impact in the St. Louis area.

Geraldine Fleming Posted over a year ago

Ms Pittman is a lifechanger indeed. Knowing she is the principal of Hazelwood East High School, I got some disturbing information about a friend of mine son. I made some calls and made sure the information got to Ms. Pittman. I got a phone call the next day it was taken care of. Now if every principal took the time and dedication like her, what a difference we would see in schools today. I nominate Yolander Pittman for the Life Changer of the Year Award!

Eloise Green Posted over a year ago

Mrs Pittman is truly a life changer to every student that cross her path and is definitely deserving of this a ward

Shelah Fields Posted over a year ago

Ms. Pittman is an exceptional leader and a positive role model within the field of education and beyond. As a former student of hers for many years within the Riverview Gardens School District, I have had the pleasure to learn excellence, accountability and perseverance from the example she set forth. This is a well deserved acknowledgement of her greatness. Congratulations Ms. Pittman and thank you for changing my life.

Joe Bommarito Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman has been and always will be an advocate for the success of each and every student in her building. Her number one goal is that the students have every chance and every opportunity to do what they want once they leave Hazelwood East High and are on the right path to reach their goal. The constant progression and evolution of the carrier path program at the high school is just one example of this. The students at Hazelwood East High look at Mrs. Pittman as a role model not only for her successes in life but for the passion she has for job and for the students that go to East High. Her colleagues, friends and the students, (both current and past), all respect her and recognize that she has changed their lives in some way for the better. I personally have had my life changed by this remarkable woman and could never thank her enough for the opportunities she has given me. I nominate Yolander Pittman for the Life Changer of the Year Award....

Lauren Edison Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is an effective principal that is equipped to handle Hazelwood East High School. She will go to great lengths to support the teachers and staff. She is innovative and not afraid to think outside of the box. She utilizes the resources creatively and figures out ways to get new resources to meet our needs. Mrs. Pittman is a terrific problem solver never dismisses another person’s idea or suggestion. Instead, she seeks out and values input from others cooperatively creating solutions to problems.

Jane Breite Posted over a year ago

Ms. Pittman is most definitely a Life Changer. She is always on the ball when it comes to achievement and excellence, pushing all to reach for the stars.

Lauren Edison Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is an effective principal that is equipped to handle Hazelwood East High School. She will go to great lengths to support the teachers and staff. She is innovative and not afraid to think outside of the box. She utilizes the resources creatively and figures out ways to get new resources to meet our needs. Mrs. Pittman is a terrific problem solver never dismisses another person’s idea or suggestion. Instead, she seeks out and values input from others cooperatively creating solutions to problems.

Oretha Riggins Posted over a year ago

Yolanda Pittman exemplifies excellence to all who comes in contact with her. She has been a role model to her community, students, colleagues, friends, and family. I nominate Yolander for the Life Changer of the Year Award!

Gale Smith Posted over a year ago

Ms Pittman is a lifechanger indeed. She provided great insight and wisdom on structuring & implementing the Employment Ministry at True Redemption Center.

Michelle Davis Posted over a year ago

Mrs Pittman is truly a Life Changer. Her commitment to the the staff, students and district to ensure a successful school year every year is truly amazing. She works hard to make sure that every students have an opportunity to be well informed abouth the career path they want to choose. Sometime she can go over and beyond the duties of keeping everyone safe. I call her a watchmen on the Wall. I choose Pittman as the life changer of the year.

Whitney Wallace Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is the epitome of a life-changer. She literally has committed her life to doing whatever it takes to ensure that her students are given the opportunities needed to be successful. She has impacted every school she’s been apart of for a better. She is definitely deserving of this recognition and award.

Tynina Luster Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Yolander Pittman on your nomination well deserved!! You're truly a LifeChanger and an amazing woman. I was honored to meet Yolander while I was attending Riverview Gardens High School. She was my Chemistry teacher, mentor, mom, and most importantly my friend. She made sure I was prepared for college, and what this world had to offer. She's known for motivating and encouraging her students to be successful!! A role model for her staff, students, and her family. Love you Yolander!! Congrats and continued success.

MiKayla Kirk Posted over a year ago

Through the years I have had the chance to hear about the numerous lives that Mrs. Pittman has had an impact on. She has helped so many students achieve their goals. I have experienced her giving personality first hand and believe her to be very deserving of this award.

Pam Gambaro Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is truly a lifechanger for the students she touches. She thinks outside the box to reach all students. It has been an honor to under her. She is most deserving of this award.

Robert Swingler Posted over a year ago

If there is one thing Ms. Pittman has changed in my life, it was to bring a sense of peace to the workplace. In my day-to-day opportunities working with Ms. Pittman, she has been honest instilling a sense of confidence in her faculty, staff and students. She believes it is possible for everyone to learn. Whether a teacher or a student, we all have the opportunity to grow beyond the limitations we place upon ourselves. Through communication with administration, faculty and staff, she delegates responsibilities instilling a sense of ownership for everyone. She has a serious commitment to the cause of public education, but not so serious, she cannot laugh at herself or with others. She encourages me to be positive in creating new and different lessons which will inspire my students from day to day.

Chris D Whipple Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure and honor to have Yolander as a middle school assistant principal and principal during my almost 30 year career. I have never worked with an individual who gave everything she had, professionally and personally to ensure every student she encountered had the opportunities to be as successful as they could be. From individualized student-teacher support to athletic-academic support, I have the utmost respect for Yolander. Although I have not spoken or worked with her for several years, I have no doubt she is still so very dedicated to doing anything and everything which is best for “our kids”!

Justin Lowe Posted over a year ago

Thanks for caring and helping me become a better me. Thanks for all your encouraging words. You deserve this...You are truly a life changer.

Carolyn Iverson Posted over a year ago

I’ve had the privilege, of watching Yolander change many lives, personally, and professionally. My daughter, is a sophomore in college, and we’re grateful for the love, support, and commitment Yolander has shown during her educational endeavors. I’ve had the opportunity to visit her school, and to watch her interactions with staff, and students. She’s never to busy to offer encouragement, a hug, or an uplifting word. The students don’t have to wonder if she cares, because she shows them everyday. We need more principals like her. I know that education is the key to success, and, Yolander, is willing to help anyone that doesn’t mind a little hard work, to get that key, or at least show them how to make a key. Congratulations on your nomination of Life Changer Of The Year! A Life Changer, You Are!

Tonya Ross Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Mrs. Pittman. I appreciate the opportunity to have worked under your leadership. Thank you for your courage to be bold, out-spoken and different. You have touched many lives and for that I am grateful and honored to have worked with you.

Keyisha Watson Posted over a year ago

Congratulations!! SUPER PROUD OF You...Very Deserving of this Award. BLESSINGS

Javione Steward Posted over a year ago

Yolanda Pittman has always been a leader in everything she’s done. She is a big role model to me and plenty of other people. When I need anything or just wants to talk, she is always a good listener and tells me the Real when I need it. Their may Be times where I would get off track of my goals or my vision, and she would always be their to let me know what I’m doing wrong and helps me to correct it. She is a mentor, role model, captain, and most of all she is a Leader to whoever she meets. So I know she deserves the honor of being the Life Changer of the year.

Anna Z Posted over a year ago

Congrats!

Kip Gilomen Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is a gifted individual who cares for the well-being of others. Being a positively driven person, she makes time to assist others to reach or exceed their full potential. Yolander goes out of her way to get the resources or programs necessary to develop a scaffolding for people to build themselves up to be successful. I am extremely grateful to know her and greatly appreciate the assistance she has provided to our school family and community.

Ms. Edison Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is an effective principal that is equipped to handle Hazelwood East High School. She will go to great lengths to support the teachers and staff. She is innovative and not afraid to think outside of the box. She utilizes the resources creatively and figures out ways to get new resources to meet our needs. Mrs. Pittman is a terrific problem solver never dismisses another person’s idea or suggestion. Instead, she seeks out and values input from others cooperatively creating solutions to problems.

Ryan Kirk Posted over a year ago

She is very deserving of this award.

Trina Turner Posted over a year ago

To be more than a conqueror means that before yolander ever get a problem, she already know that whatever that problem is she can overcome it through Christ.Being a leader intel a lot more than being comfortable with yourself but with the decisions you have made to put other on a great path .That's what sets yolander aside from others she lives with confidence that God loves her no matter what and He will never leave her nor forsake her . And when you have this kind of relationship with Christ, you aren’t constantly afraid of things that may happen that aren’t in your plan. I've watched her take on the responsibilities of others to make them better .Your a blessing to so many. Thank You for being a Great Lifechanger .

AlonzaJiles Posted over a year ago

Yolanda's entire career has been that of a life changer. She has always cared for her students, and worked diligently to help them to meet their full potential. Because of her many years of selfless service I feel she is deserving of this special honor of being Life Changer of the year.

Sandra Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Yolander! What an honor. They're discovering what we already know. Continued success to you!

Erika Malone Posted over a year ago

Yolander Pittman is one of St. Louis Community College’s most exceptional partners in success. STLCC concurrent programming at Hazelwood East has flourished under her leadership; providing students the opportunity to earn six college credits toward their baccalaureate degree as early as their sophomore year via dual credit. Hazelwood East leads the district in having four instructors MDHE certified to teach dual credit for the College with more to come. Her students are also participating in early college programs at the Florissant Valley campus with aspirations to complete associates degree or career credential prior to high school graduation. Her ability to meet her students and parents where they are and her foresight to see things not how they are but what they will be is the key to her success. We need more leaders like her in our schools. The great author Henry David Thoreau said,” Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” Ms.Pittman is a “Life Changer” because she sows seeds in our children that are coming to fruition every day in our future CEOs, educators, engineers, scientist, ..etc. We are honored to partner with such an amazing women.

Candice Lowe Posted over a year ago

Mrs Pittman is the best role model and mentor, words cannot express how much she sacrifices for kids and caring compassionate ways. She deserves the Life Changer of the Year award.

Kimberly Dabney Posted over a year ago

Congratulations!

Alonza Jiles Posted over a year ago

Yolanda has been a life changer for her e

Carol Harris Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! So proud to have been your colleague and friend!

Sean Posted over a year ago

I am overjoyed that Yolander Pittman is being considered for this award. She is known for motivating, encouraging, and pushing students to be at their best. Anyone that works in education should be commended for working with our youth, however some go that extra mile and deserve recognition. Yolander Pittman is an excellent candidate for this award and should be highly considered for her contributions to our youth.

Payton Posted over a year ago

Small town girl big city dreams.way to go altheimer high

Kethan Fincher Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! You are a very special lady with great drive and determination to succeed. I couldn't be more proud of you! Keep changing lives.

LaTricia Clark, EdS Posted over a year ago

Life Changer of the Year In my experience, Yolander Pittman is well deserving of the title “Life Changer of the Year”; However, I can add to that title “A Life Changer of My Personal and Professional Years!” Unfortunately, at the time during the 90’s, I was a reflection of many functional behaviors our youth exhibit today. Yet my encounters with Ms. Pittman remain true Ms. Pittman always took extra time to pour knowledge, care, and concern into a young, afraid and many times lost African-American girl. In my experiences, Yolander Pittman is the “Epitome of Urban Education, Leadership & Student Success.” Ms. Pittman always went the extra mile in serving urban educational communities taking into account the whole being, in the form of leadership she modeled and communicated practical outcome worthy expectations, and most importantly, Ms. Pittman has become one of my top and most influential role models when it comes educational success full circle. I can recall instances in the hall or sometimes class conferences of Ms. Pittman pulling me aside noting and instructing me on what and how to do things better. Keep in mind, this occurred not as a direct student in her class; but, as a student that she took time to know in passing as she did with many students attending high school during the 90’s and still to date! Ms. Pittman made it very clear that she had high expectations for myself and my peers. She constantly checked to keep us on the correct path or when necessary redirect us constantly, and often nurturing as the role of concerned parent in and out of school in countless manners. I would later successfully graduate from high school in 1992 as a young mother. In my adult years while transitioning from a career goal in the field of Criminal Justice and Probation & Parole to education- who would have thought! I had no clue that I would eventually cross paths with Ms. Pittman again. Only this time, I had absorbed many of those life and instructional lessons that Ms. Pittman instilled in me as a mentor and leader. In 2003, I began my journey as an educator and as life would have it Ms. Pittman was now my instructional and professional leader. Ms. Pittman always modeled excellence in guiding my focus and final goals to pursue education as a career. Ms. Pittman provided and instilled an educational data driven leadership blueprint in a way that she persistently questions with her southern accent “Clark- how can you tie that in to manifest in the successful results for students?” It’s a guiding principle I incorporate today. Ms. Pittman always focused on building and unpacking relationships with students, family, colleagues and the community. Whether we were meeting to discuss data, creating Flex-Friday teams, planning a student celebration or academic intervention it was always done with excellence in the best interest of the student. The formidable years of my educational career has forever been changed, grounded and enhanced because I have had the privilege and honor to learn from Pittman–how to create an environment richly focused on students individual success. While some may say that all educators serve in ways more than those noted- there is a huge distinction between an educational leader who does and the educational leader who stands out with distinction. Ms. Pittman is known as a pure leader, teacher friend, mentor, life changer, community driven person with distinction. In closing it is surely, no surprise in Ms. Yolander Pittman being nominated for the esteemed honor and recognition of Life Changer of the Year- she has changed hundreds of lives every year! Thank you with all of the reverence and love –You are well deserving Ms. Pittman & Congratulations! LaTricia D. Clark, EdS Psychology & English Instructor-Vatterott Educational Centers Instructional Coach- Normandy Schools Collaborative

LaTricia Clark,EdS Posted over a year ago

Life Changer of the Year In my experience, Yolander Pittman is well deserving of the title “Life Changer of the Year”; However, I can add to that title “A Life Changer of My Personal and Professional Years!” Unfortunately, at the time during the 90’s, I was a reflection of many functional behaviors our youth exhibit today. Yet my encounters with Ms. Pittman remain true Ms. Pittman always took extra time to pour knowledge, care, and concern into a young, afraid and many times lost African-American girl. In my experiences, Yolander Pittman is the “Epitome of Urban Education, Leadership & Student Success.” Ms. Pittman always went the extra mile in serving urban educational communities taking into account the whole being, in the form of leadership she modeled and communicated practical outcome worthy expectations, and most importantly, Ms. Pittman has become one of my top and most influential role models when it comes educational success full circle. I can recall instances in the hall or sometimes class conferences of Ms. Pittman pulling me aside noting and instructing me on what and how to do things better. Keep in mind, this occurred not as a direct student in her class; but, as a student that she took time to know in passing as she did with many students attending high school during the 90’s and still to date! Ms. Pittman made it very clear that she had high expectations for myself and my peers. She constantly checked to keep us on the correct path or when necessary redirect us constantly, and often nurturing as the role of concerned parent in and out of school in countless manners. I would later successfully graduate from high school in 1992 as a young mother. In my adult years while transitioning from a career goal in the field of Criminal Justice and Probation & Parole to education- who would have thought! I had no clue that I would eventually cross paths with Ms. Pittman again. Only this time, I had absorbed many of those life and instructional lessons and Ms. Pittman instilled in me as a mentor and leader. In 2003, I began my journey as an educator and as life would have it Ms. Pittman was now my instructional and professional leader. Ms. Pittman always modeled excellence in guiding my focus and final goals to pursue education as a career. Ms. Pittman provided and instilled an educational data driven leadership blueprint in a way that she persistently questions with her southern accent “Clark- how can you tie that to manifest in the successful results for students?” It’s a guiding principle I incorporate today. Ms. Pittman always focused on building and unpacking relationships with students, family, colleagues and the community. Whether we were meeting to discuss data, creating Flex-Friday teams, planning a student celebration or academic intervention it was always done with excellence in the best interest of the student. The formidable years of my educational career has forever been changed, grounded and enhanced because I have had the privilege and honor to learn from Pittman–how to create an environment richly focused on students individual success. While some may say that all educators serve in ways more than those noted- there is a huge distinction between an educational leader who does and the educational leader who stands out with distinction. Ms. Pittman is known as a pure leader, teacher friend, mentor, life changer, community driven person with distinction. In closing it is surely, no surprise in Ms. Yolander Pittman being nominated for the esteemed honor and recognition of Life Changer of the Year- she has changed hundreds of lives every year! Thank you with all of the reverence and love! P.E.T.O. –You are well deserving Ms. Pittman & Congratulations-Bravo! LaTricia D. Clark, EdS Psychology & English Instructor-Vatterott Educational Centers Instructional Coach-Normandy Schools Collaborative

Ed Beckmann Posted over a year ago

Yolander Pittman is the most courageous educator I know. She takes risks, she stands up for what’s right, and her actions are always for the student’s best interests. I consider Yolander to be one of my mentors and I’m glad to have someone like Yolander in my life.

Stacy Lyles Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is a trailblazer and visionary. She makes running a school look easy. Under her leadership, educators are strengthened and encouraged to think outside the box. Thank you Mrs. Pittman!

Kassade Tate Posted over a year ago

This is my aunt and she has guided and supported me throughout my schooling into college. She has been a tremendous support in coaching and guiding me through the transition from high school to college. She deserves this award because she has changed my attitude and perspective on pursuing an education. I am thrilled that she has finally gotten the opportunity to receive a well deserved award for all of her devoted time and effort. Congratulations Aunt Yolander M.Pittman

Stanley Davis Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your nomination Yolanda it couldn't have been to a more deserving person

Natalie Linton-Pittman Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is a role model and inspiration to all the lives she touches personally and professionally.

Andriana Dixon Posted over a year ago

Yolander Pittmon is every word plus more written on her behalf. Ms. Pittmon is a phenomenal person that makes it her business to get each student she comes into contact with a fair shot at getting a great education. She may not know it but she has inspired me to teach! Ms. Pittmon has a way with children that leaves a student feeling empowered to take charge of his or her future! Congratulations to a wonderful educator, mentor, and all around person to look up to!

Kiara Kirk Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is a wonderful woman, a great role model to all women, young ladies, little girls, even young men. She won't give up on you and won't let you give up on yourself. I have witnessed how she's changed a ladies life so much to the point this lady was searching high and low. The lady saw Mrs. Pittman walking in the mall, yelled her name and told Mrs. Pittman how she changed her life. Mrs. Pittman use to go to her house and make sure she went to school everyday, made sure she graduated on time. She said remembering Mrs. Pittman and how hard she worked to help her acheive, that alone stoped her from completely giving up on life when her grandmother passed. She cried thanked Mrs. Pittman and gave the biggest hug she could. This is an amazing woman that does all she can for everyone.

Liz Davis Posted over a year ago

It is with absolute pleasure that I nominate my sister-n-law Yolander Pittman for the Lifechanger of the year award. Yolander has always been an intricate part of the family and is definitely the "go-to" for any and everything. She has always been willing to donate her time and talents to helping mentor, guide and support family and friends along this road called life. She wears so many hats within our beautiful family and I can honestly say she wears them well. No matter how busy or tied up she is in her own life she never turns any of her nieces, nephews or great-nieces or great-nephews away. As I have watched her care for her ailing father, I see how compassion looks in practice. Yolander doesn’t just talk the talk but she walks it in every way. Anyone that knows her knows that she has a heart of gold and tries to make everyone around her a better person. She's a phenomenal wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister/sister-n-law, aunt, and friend. I have no reservations in recommending her for this awesome award. Quite honestly I can't think of anyone more deserving of receiving this award than Yolander. She is hands-down the true definition of a "LIFECHANGER".

Jordan Iverson Posted over a year ago

Mrs.Pittman is a phenomenal woman, and she pushes students to reach heights they never deemed possible. She is always radiating positive vibes and giving uplifting talks. I was encouraged to pursue a college education, and given the necessary tools to do so from Mrs.Pittman. She is definitely deserving of the LifeChanger award because that is exactly what she does.

Willie davis Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on receiving this recognition. It is very well deserved. You have gone far and beyond what is asked of you. You are not only a great educator but a great person in general. Very proud of my big sister. Love you and good luck.

Robin Kirk Posted over a year ago

She is very deserving of this award.

Ryan Kirk Posted over a year ago

She is very deserving of this award.

Robert Posted over a year ago

Very deserving of this accolade.

Shanequa Williams Posted over a year ago

Keep up the good work

Connie Foreman Posted over a year ago

Keep up the good work. You have changed so many lives.

Sharee Posted over a year ago

Please don’t stop.

DeVonte Whitmore Posted over a year ago

She is definitely a life changer!!! Amazing woman whom I admire very much!! She also makes great sweet potato pie!! ;)

Andre Davis Posted over a year ago

It is nice to have people like you in education. I wish more were like you

Taylor Davis Posted over a year ago

You are a very caring person send it shows with how you care for your students

Willie Davis Posted over a year ago

You are an excellent educator always going the extra mile and looking for resources and support for your students. Need more like you.

Sheronda Davis Posted over a year ago

It is refreshing to see you always advocating for your students

Betty Davis Posted over a year ago

Congratulations to my daughter for this amazing honor. I have seen her attempt to change the lives of her students. There was a day that I was with her when she went to a student’s job. She demanded the student return to school to finish her last class in order to graduate. She had to go several times but did not stop going until the student returned to school and graduated.

Jami Posted over a year ago

This is so well deserved! If I could clone her, I would. Students, teachers, and administrators deserve someone who advocates for them all. This woman continues to inspire me. Congratulations, Mrs. Pittman. You deserve all the accolades and more!!!!

C.J. Kinney Posted over a year ago

Amazing lady - she is truly willing to go the extra mile for everyone - students, families, faculty and staff. Truly amazing!!!

Kristin Jiles Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! This is a much deserved nomination! When Yolanda is on vacation with her nieces and nephews, she's making sure they are on track educationally and often calls to give tips and recommendations to them.

Sabrina Sylvester Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is always supportive!! She provides a variety of recommendations when offering guidance and assistance in promoting career endeavors. This guidance has not only been extended to me, but among other colleagues. In addition, she goes beyond her duties to assist students to pursue their goals and aspirations. She provides a variety of resources and opportunities for students to reach beyond any of their limitations. Mrs. Pittman's nomination is well deserved and mostly importantly, she should definitely be the Life Changer Award Recipient!

Tonya Barnes Posted over a year ago

Principal Pittman's efforts to see education work for all students is clearly visible.There were students who would have fallen by the wayside, but Ms. Pittman's passion and determination has caused them to receive their high school diploma. Congratulations on this great honor!

Chantel Hart Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is truly a gem to the education community. She was she my Chemistry teacher in High School (years ago) and served as a principal at the middle school where my daughters attended. She currently is a Building Principal in one of the buildings I have had the opportunity to work in. She whole-heartedly inspires her students and their parents to be their best. I have seen her go above and beyond on multiple occasions. She literally knocks on doors of her students to encourage them to come to school and complete the requirements for graduation. Mrs. Pittman wants for all those around her, students, their families, and staff to be successful. She is definitely a LIFECHANGER!!

Crystal Deberry Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your nomination of LifeChanger of the Year! I appreciate all the support, encouragement and love you have shown to my family throughout the years. The encouragement and support you have shown has made a tremendous impact on our lives. Your compassion, genuineness and drive inspires me to continue pursing my dreams. With heartfelt gratitude I say thank you for being a LifeChanger to my family and I. We wish you blessings on your nomination of LifeChanger of the Year!

Melissa Michelle Wilbret Posted over a year ago

Yolander Pittman has been a life changer for my school, Hazelwood Central Middle School, and my personal professional life as well. When Mrs. Pittman arrived at our school, we were a frustrated, burnt out staff that had been spinning our wheels for years. I had reached a decision that I wanted to leave the education field after more than 15 years as an educator because I felt the effort was futile in the current atmosphere of my school. I started to look elsewhere, but gave it one more year under a new principal. I'm so grateful for that year. Mrs. Pittman came in with a determination, vision, and energy I had never seen in a principal. She made things possible, set examples for the district as a whole, and brought the staff through to a positive attitude working in the same direction. We made great gains in achievement, formed positive relationships between staff and students, staff and staff, and staff and administration. I have never worked under such a great leader. I hope I get the opportunity to do so again. Yolander Pittman was a lifesaver for me.

Laura Paige Posted over a year ago

There is NO ONE more committed to her students or more deserving of accolades!! It was my sincere pleasure to work with her.

Samuel Mitchell Posted over a year ago

Phenomenal person to work with. She has taught me a lot about education and administration. Well deserved and much more. Excellent person.

Natalie Hegger Posted over a year ago

Ms. Pittman gave me the guidance to help my students achieve, and the freedom and trust to find the method that worked best in my classroom. Her focus is always on what's best for students and as such, supports everyone involved in the process of helping them achieve their goals. She made me a better educator by setting the bar high for everyone!

Kimberly Davis-Booker Posted over a year ago

Ms. Yolander Pittman represents every word spoken on her behalf and more. Not only does Prin. Pittman make sure her students are prepared, but all of her nieces and nephews as well. Yolander is always making sure she provides the necessary resources for taking test and selecting the appropriate classes toward their career path and college choice. This is an honor. I am also, grateful to Superintendent Christa Warner for taken the time to nominate one of the most well deserved educators who devotes much of her life supporting many students toward their educational goals. Congratulations!!! Principal Yolander Pittman

Ashley Castelli Posted over a year ago

Ms. Pittman is an excellent principal who pushes everyone to be is or her best. She sets the bar high for students, helping them to go above and beyond what they thought was possible for themselves. Her goal-oriented approach helps teachers dial into their students' needs, and she has always made me feel valued and supported as a teacher. Ms. Pittman is truly a life changer in the field of education!

Laura Huhn Posted over a year ago

Ms. Pittman was an excellent principal for us at Hazelwood Central Middle School! She always expected greatness from her staff and students. She was dedicated to creating an environment conducive to learning and provided numerous opportunities for students to grow. Congratulations, Ms. Pittman! You deserve this award!

Rosalyn Manahan Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is an innovative game changer in the realm of education. She adapts the climate and culture of her school to meet the constant changes of our technological global society.

Ebonie Davis Posted over a year ago

Yolander Pittman is a life changer indeed!! To be a part of her team here at Hazelwood East is truly an honor and a privilege. Mrs. Pittman's compassion mixed with her creative and innovative ideas has helped so many students succeed and obtain goals they thought they could not achieve. As a staff member she assists with helping you reach professional goals and helping you out of your comfort zone. I am appreciative to be a part of the team Mrs. Pittman leads at Hazelwood East High.

Tamara Taliaferro-Thomas Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is nothing short of amazing. She goes above and beyond to help our students, our parents, our teachers and our community excel. She believes in our possibilities and stops at nothing to help us realize our potential. I am blessed to work with such a phenomenal visionary.

Haleigh Goff Posted over a year ago

Congratulations, Ms. Pittman!

Michael Lee Sr Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Ms. Pittman, you deserve this. Thank you for being a great leader to us during your time at CMS. You made me a better teacher and gave me the confidence and support I needed to help our students grow into young men and women. GOD Bless you and continued success to you!

Shirley Butin Posted over a year ago

Ms. Warner is correct in all that she said about Mrs. Pittman. Mrs. Pittman's main objective is to see that all of the students at Hazelwood East High School receive a diploma. She also shows strong support for the teachers and their families at Hazelwood East. She truly deserves the "LifeChanger" award.

Juanis M. Posted over a year ago

Ms. Pittman certainly encouraged me to never let anyone or thing stop me from acheiving my goals, no matter how negative it first seemed. I learned to use the negativity as fuel to overcome any obstacle... She certainly is well deserving of acknowledgement for her contribution!

Wykeeta Lee Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman has a good knowledge of the trauma that the students are dealing with while at school. Mrs. Pittman works in conjunction with all available resources including the school therapist who is contracted through Lutheran Family and Children's Services. Mrs. Pittman was instrumental in assisting the police to bring back a student who was the potential victim of sex trafficking. In this intense moment, Mrs. Pittman kept her composer as she instructed the student on what to do to get to a safe place. Not only does Mrs. Pittman change the lives of so many young people, she In fact may have saved a life!

Bishop Alton Davis Jr. Posted over a year ago

Mrs.Pittman has been changing lives through investing in our children and youth for years. She invest in the school,church,and community. Great leader,educator and person.

Edna Fletcher Posted over a year ago

These are my personal comments. Before Mrs. Pittman came to East High School, we had an interim principal who brought a much needed morale boost for me. When she came, not knowing what to expect, she continued that environment. She is easy to talk to, she is easy to work for and she is a very down to earth and personable person. Mrs. Pittman can be tough but it's with purpose. She works puts forth the effort to make things more pleasant for everyone. She does everything she can to help our students prepare for graduation and after graduation. She has been and is a LifeChanger for a lot of people at East High and beyond these walls.

Latricia Singleton Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is a phenomenal principal here at Hazelwood East High School. She demonstrates what a strong leader is all about. She cares not only about her student body but goes above and beyond for her staff as well. Her passion for wanting every student here at East to have a career path and the skills needed to succeed once they leave high school is outstanding. She understands that college is not for everyone, so she wants student here to have the skills to enter the work force, learn a trade, or be college ready. Through her hard work and determination, she has influenced me to want to become a principal and make the same impact that she has on our future students. Way to go Mrs. Pittman.

Shakila bluford Posted over a year ago

I remember her from the view she is no joke lol . She stayed on us ,but I see why now she saw the potential we had and she pushed us to be great and nothing less.she is an amazing principal

Porscha Sargent Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Yolander Pittman is a powerhouse! She always exudes strength, dignity, grace and charm. Leading a school is no easy feat, however she does it with a quite strength, warmth and love that all can feel. Her students and staff love her (myself included). Mrs. Pittman challenges her students and staff to rise to the best version of themselves. She does not quit and refuses to give up on you even when you have given up on yourself. Mrs. Pittman is a pillar here at Hazelwood Schools. We appreciate her so much. Personally, through Mrs. Pittman's support I have earned two promotions within a 6 month time frame. Mrs. Pittman encouraged me to move forward within the District and never to settle for status quo. Thank you for all you do!! Porscha Sargent Administrative Secretary for the Superintendent's Office Hazelwood School District

Joe Doerr Posted over a year ago

Pittman does not give up on students. She is the most creative Principal I have worked for in providing opportunities for our students. I truly admire her tenacity when we are coming up with solutions for our hard to reach students.

Quintton Williams Sr. Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman definitely deserves this award. Mrs. Pittman, serve as my principal since I was in the seventh grade until I graduateed high school. She was a leader who knew how to lead and always kept her word and let’s not forget she did not play.

Regina J. Ware Posted over a year ago

Yolander Pittman is truly deserving of such an award. Her benevolent spirit is what makes working alongside her so worthwhile. I have not had such a wonderful supervisor to work for as this young lady. She loves her calling and as I have shadowed her she has demonstrated to me that she truly enjoys what she does. Congratulations to you, Mrs. Pittman. You have been a great asset in my educational journey. Keep up the voluminous work,as I know you will.

Fred Martin III Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on the nomination Yolander!! I pray that you will be selected as the winner. I’ve always known you to be that GO-GETTER and INSPIRING person back in high school as you always excelled in all your classes, even as a basketball player. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!! From you high school classmate, Fred Martin III

Minnie Davis Lowe Posted over a year ago

Mrs.Pittman is an excellent role model for her students, staff, and community. As a retired educator, I see her working in our community. Mrs. Pittman spends countless hours working with/for the young people in our community, as well as the students at Hazelwood East High School. I see her on the weekend at the school ! As a public servant, Mrs.Pittman assisted my son with completing applications and registration material to a local college! We salute you, and the work that you do here in our community!

Jennifer Eagan Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman is definitely a LifeChanger. She was my high school chemistry teacher. I walked into her classroom at the beginning of the year with a distinct hatred for chemistry. I walked out at the end of the year with chemistry as my career path. I am currently the Director of Quality and co-owner of a local analytical laboratory. She is the reason I am where I am today. I will be forever grateful to her for her guidance, persistence and counseling.

Lakesha Dean Posted over a year ago

She was my high school chemistry teacher. She was no nonsense then and it seems she has maintained that attitude and it's benefited her and the many other lives she's touched. Some people say she didn't like them, but it's not a teacher's job to be your bestie, she's supposed to educate you. She ignited a love for chemistry and math in me that encouraged me to go further in my studies. I have taught and tutored math and chemistry to college students at STLCC-Forest Park in the past, so through her gift all those years ago even more lives were touched by her indirectly. Her current achievements only further support my feelings in high school that she knows her stuff and she loves to teach. Please do consider her for this award because I truly feel she deserves it!!

Kimberly Pittman Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman was my chemistry teacher when I was a sophomore in high school, and I loved her then. She was actually one of my favorite teacher.

Tiffany Yokely-Clark Posted over a year ago

CONGRATULATIONS?????? JOB WELL DONE

Kristi Kirk Posted over a year ago

I have had the privilege of knowing Yolander Pittman since 1992. Throughout the years of knowing Yolander, I have had the wonderful opportunity of watching her touch and change countless lives of young people. Yolander has a deep belief in the gifts and potential of each student. Yolander's life has and continues to be a life of true advocacy for the students that she comes in to contact with. Not only does Yolander use her words to encourage and motivate her students, but she additionally puts those words into actions. She goes above and beyond her job duties to help students to get on the path to success by helping them get the tools and opportunities that they need to have a successful future. Yolander has a deep belief in and compassion for each student. Yolander has the ability to look beyond a student's past mistakes or missed opportunities and to see the potential and worth that each student possesses regardless of their past. Yolander puts this belief in each student in to action on their behalf. Yolander is a true motivator. I cannot imagine the countless lives that she has touched through the past 26 years that I have had the privilege of knowing her. I am so thankful for her continual work on behalf of her students and for the young people in her community. Yolander has been and continues to be a TRUE Life Changer. She is most deserving of this award for numerous years of continued service. This is not just what Yolander does... this is who she is... a TRUE LIFE CHANGER!! It has been an honor to write on her behalf!! Thank you for your time and consideration of Yolander.

Shonnece Robinson Posted over a year ago

I had her for Chemistry and honors Chemistry in high school at Riverview Gardens High School (95-96). She was the 1st teacher I had that really made me sit and think about my life past high school. She truly deserves this honor!!!!

Karen Allen-Holmes Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Pittman (formerly Williams) was truly one of the best teachers I had back in 1994 at Riverview Gardens. I remember her so vividly because she commanded respect the moment you walk through the door. She was a success - driven teacher that wouldn't allow any of us to just skate through chemistry class and I am one who appreciates her most for this. I sincerely wish Mrs. Pittman the best of luck, as she's quite deserving of the LifeChanger of the Year award!

Angel Jones Posted over a year ago

Life Changer For Sure!!!

Maggie Meyer Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Ms.Pittman on your nomination! I am honored to be a former student! RGHS c/o 1996! Go Rams!

Clara Holley Posted over a year ago

She has always been my role model and she always encourages me to do better

Jayne Crum Posted over a year ago

I worked with Ms. Pittman at Riverview Gardens School District at the middle school level. Ms. Pittman served RGSD as a secondary principal where she worked tirelessly to ensure all students were provided the tools to be successful during their educational career. She also had a good rapport with staff, students, and parents and she is definitely a LifeChanger.

Hadrain Epting Posted over a year ago

Congratulations

Former Student Posted over a year ago

You changed my life at Riverview 20 years ago. Forever grateful.

Paul Alvord Posted over a year ago

I do not know a more deserving person! Congratulations Yolander! Thank you for changing my life too!

Bruce Green Posted over a year ago

A true testament of professionalism. Students are the focus of all of her efforts.