Degrees and Certifications:
University of Minnesota, BA History Luther Seminary, MA History of Christianity University of St. Thomas, MA Education MN Licensure: K-12 English as a Second Language 5-12 Social Studies
Ms. Yoakiem (she,her)
I started teaching American Studies and Minnesota Studies at Capitol Hill in 2020. I live with two children and four cats (yes four). I like dogs too but we can’t have any right now. We like to kayak and paddle board, walk in nature parks, bike, and play board games. These pictures show our trip, summer 2021, we went to the Atlantic coast in Maryland, and Washington, DC over the 4th of July.
I studied history in college because I wanted to know more about the struggles that challenge us. People from all backgrounds contributed to our collective story, growth, and success as a nation, but the historical outlook I had been taught as a young person primarily focused on the accomplishments of white men. I engage my students with heroes from all backgrounds so we can get a complete picture, and I am honest about the events and circumstances of our collective past. We explore sources together, to examine events and figures so that students can come to their own conclusions.
Other interesting things about me:
I studied history of religions and lived in Egypt for a year while teaching and studying; visiting Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. When you study history of religion you look at holy books as literature rather than authoritative religious texts, and study history, language, culture, and archaeology.
One of my hobbies is native plant gardening to preserve our region's biodiversity. I hope to restart the gardening club here at Capitol Hill.
I believe that respect is a two way street, there should never be anyone above us who can’t learn. So never hesitate to ask questions, make comments, or engage in discussions, and participate in your learning. Everyone is smart and capable in their own uniqueness and I appreciate what each student brings to the school community.
We live in a nation shaped by The People. We have work to do, and hope:
"...government of the people, by the people, and for the people..." 1863 Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
"...do not despair..." 1852 Fredrick Douglass, What to the slave is the 4th of July?
"Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." 2015 Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Remarks at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." 1st Amendment of The Constitution