Schott is the recipient of the Margaret K. Yoder Human Sciences Extension Award

Michelle Schott

Altoona, IA (March 01, 2019) –Michelle Schott, family life extension educator for Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, Polk County, was the 2019 recipient of the Margaret K. Yoder Human Sciences Extension Award. The Award is given to a young extension professional who has demonstrated excellence in programming. Schott was presented the award yesterday in front of over 400 professional peers during the ISU Extension and Outreach Professionals Annual Conference held in Ames, Iowa.
 
Schott has been committed to serving Polk County residents through the Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) project implementing the Juntos: Together for a Better Education program. Juntos empowers Latinx youth by bringing together parents, youth, school staff, and community partners to promote academic success and explore possible paths to higher education. In her time implementing the program, 134 parents and 128 youth graduated from the Juntos program over the past four years.
 
“I am just one of the many Human Sciences extension professionals from across the state dedicated to serving our communities and I am honored to be this year’s recipient of the Margaret K. Yoder Extension Award,” said Schott. “By receiving this honor, I am challenged to pursue my best and to make a continual positive impact for all families in Polk County.”
 
“A good educator exhibits outstanding organization, leadership, and communication skills. Michelle possesses all these desirable qualities,” said Paul Gibbins, executive director of ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County, “But she also demonstrates unyielding passion and a remarkable ability to empower families – two qualities that take her out of the good category and into the realm of excellence.” 
 
Her success with the Juntos program has allowed Schott to leverage her partnerships within the County to coordinate and implement other family life programming including the Strengthening Families program, conducted in both English and Spanish, which aims to develop communication skills, increase peer-pressure resistance and resiliency skills in youth ages 10-14, as well as the Raising School Ready Readers program which develops early literacy skills to promote kindergarten readiness among children ages 3-6.
 
Prior to her work with ISU Extension, Polk County, Schott worked as a family outreach specialist with Visiting Nurse Services, now EveryStep. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Secondary Education with ESL Endorsements from Iowa State University in 2012 and resides in Bondurant, Iowa.
 
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About Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Polk County
 
Since 1916 ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County has served its residents by connecting them to research and resources developed by Iowa State University. Knowledge and programs offered through the ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County office have been specifically tailored to represent, enhance and meet the needs of Polk County residents and community. For 2018 ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County will focus on these local issues: K-12 youth outreach; health, well-being, and nutrition; and community and economic development. ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County is part of a 99-county campus serving all Iowans to create a strong Iowa.

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