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Marc Ellis, Academic Coordinator

As I begin my tenth year at Youngstown Early College as an Academic Coordinator, I reflect on all the miles that we have traveled and all the awards that the school has earned, both nationally and at the state level.  I am so proud of all the former students that have walked “The Big L”.  I am looking forward to the current students and helping them reach for the stars and make their dreams come true.

There are two things I truly love about my job.  I love teaching the Summer Bridge class.  Seeing these scholars come in with excitement and enthusiasm about the journey that they are about to start, working with them over the next four years and then seeing them walk across the Youngstown City School graduation stage and then the Youngstown State University stage with an Associate degree, all in the same weekend.  The second thing that I love about my job is staying in touch with the amazing graduates of YEC!  Seeing them continue to work on their BA degrees, many of which are now working on Master Degrees.  Some are in Med School, some are in Seminary, some are working in their field making great money, but ALL making a difference in their communities that they now call home.

I was raised in Boardman.  I attended Youngstown State University and majored in Elementary Education.  I taught in a local school before moving to The Sunshine State, Florida.  While I loved my time and the life I made in Tampa, Florida, I missed the Mahoning Valley.  I returned home to take the job at Youngstown Early College and have not regretted it one bit.

I am looking forward to the 2016-2017 school year.  I know that this is going to be “The Year of Greatness”.  We have an amazing staff that includes dedicated Coaches, “The Dream Team” as Mrs. Welch calls it, and I could not agree with her more.

I welcome any feedback you may have.  I invite you to call me, email me, or text me any time.  We have one goal, the success of your young adult!  I will be as excited as you when their name is called at commencement.  They are who they are because of you, let us continue to work together and celebrate alone the way!

Tonya Thornton, Academic Coordinator

Hello Students and Parents of Youngstown Early College, my name is Mrs. Thornton I was born and raised on the East Side of Youngstown, Ohio and I’m an alumnus of Youngstown State University. I’ve worked in the Youngstown City School District for eight years and with YEC three out of the eight years. At YEC I was an Academic Coach for the first two years and was promoted to the Academic Coordinator position for the 2016 -2017 School year.  I am honored to be a part of this school of excellence and promise. I have a passion for helping kids stay motivated, so they can accomplish their goals and dreams.  To the Students at YEC I need you to DREAM MORE, LEARN MORE, CARE MORE, BE MORE!              

Ceeairrah VanCobb, Academic Coach
Hello, I am Ceeairrah VanCobb. I have been an Academic Coach with YEC for three and a half years. Each year, I have the pleasure, honor, and duty of contributing to the lives of the students of YEC. As you well know, our student body is a beautiful representation of our community and I am so proud to serve them. As a member of YEC's staff, I hope to remain impactful and help to usher our student body into their bright futures. 
Lynn Welch, Academic Coach

Welcome back to YEC! My name is Ms. Lynn Welch and this is my 2nd year as an academic coach. I am also a licensed social worker. I absolutely adore my students and I will move heaven and earth to help them identify and accomplish their goals. My professional commitment to my students and our staff is to continue to  implement coaching techniques that  are solution focused, resulting in  a deep commitment to academic excellence, accountability for individual as well as team growth with an emphasis on personal growth and development. The opportunities available to each student at YEC will amaze and astonish you! Every aspect of YEC has been streamlined to provide the most enhanced educational experience available anywhere. My belief is that YEC is the best kept secret in Youngtown and with the achievements of our awesome students, this secret will be well l known in a very short period of time! 

Hannah Ferguson, Academic Coach

Hi, I'm Hannah Ferguson, and this will be my second year with YEC as an Academic Coach. I am looking forward to a great year, this is an amazing school with great leadership and I'm proud to be apart of it.

Wanda Clark, Academic Coach

Greetings YEC, I would like to welcome you back to another great year of endless possibilities. My goal this year is to support you and provide you with resources that will help you accomplish your academic goals. You have been given the gift and privilege of being a part of the YEC Community. Take advantage of every opportunity that has been afforded to you here at YEC. Stay focused, have fun and remember you are destined for greatness.

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