Ms. Veronica Yates-Riley, the 2007 Orange County Mathematics Teacher of the Year, is an Associate Faculty Member at Valencia Community College and a former Mathematics Specialist for Orange County Public Schools. She began her teaching career in 1989. She has served as the Mathematics Department Chair at Jones High School, Mathematics Teacher, and Varsity Tennis Coach at West Orange High School from 1989-2004. As a volunteer, she also tutors students in the subject of mathematics and has tutored at Hi-Tech Tutoring Center, Inc., St. Mark A.M.E. Church, and school.
A native of Orlando, Florida, Yates-Riley received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of Florida and Master of Science (M.S.) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) from Nova Southeastern University. Currently, she is doctoral candidate earning a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in education (specialization in Community College Leadership) from Walden University. Moreover, in 2001, she achieved her National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and she joined the faculty of Valencia Community College as an adjunct professor. In 2006, she achieved the rank Associate Faculty Member of Valencia Community College. Her professional career has been dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics as well as increasing the presence of African Americans in higher education. Yates-Riley was born, reared, and currently resides in Orlando, Florida.
Yates-Riley serves her community in many capacities from reading to children at the local shelter to walking for cancer awareness and research. She mentors teachers and have presented at the District-wide Professional Development for mathematics teachers. For her service, she has been awarded several certificates, plaques, trophies, and honors. Although she is grateful for the recognition, she is most proud of her honor as Who’s Who Among America’s Teacher (multi-year honoree) because students are the nominators. Moreover, she is an active member of Phi Delta Kappa International (Life Member), American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWC), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. (Life Member), and University of Florida Alumni Association (Life Member). Yates-Riley was nominated for the 2008-2009 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors.
Yates-Riley is a mother of three children: Koltan, II, Kertesha, and Krystal. The twins, Koltan, II, and Kertesha are alumnus of the University of Central Florida (UCF), University of Florida (UF). Krystal, the youngest is a senior at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Koltan is an electrical engineer with a MBA. In addition, Kertesha is a career counselor at Augustana College in Illinois.