Rita YoKell


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Mrs. Rita YoKell


I was born in Baltimore, Maryland but I grew up in Hawaii and loved every minute of it. It was a wonderful learning experience. I was able to be a part of many different cultures in the biggest melting pot of the United States. I carry the knowledge and belief that it is indeed a great country that we live in. If you visit my classroom, you will see that I've brought a little of the "Aloha" spirit to share with my students.

This will be my 25th year of teaching. I taught 2 years in Hawaii, 1 year in Maryland and this is my 22nd year in Colorado with Douglas County School District. I have been at Mesa since it opened in 2008 so this will be my 13th year. Through my teaching career, I have taught many subjects including history, science, language arts, physical education, health and computer technology. I have always had a passion for history whether it is about American history, the history of computers or the history of our world. I especially like to hear stories from my students about how they and their families history fits into our world.

I live in Golden with my husband and our two dogs. We live in our mountain home with 11.5 acres of forest. My daughter is a United States Marine stationed in Hawaii, my son is an Addiction Counselor in Georgia and my two stepdaughters live in Boulder and are both in college at CU Boulder. 

I enjoy reading, cooking, rafting, hiking and skiing with my husband as well as spending quality time with my family. I also like to play MahJong with several of my girlfriends. I love to travel and learn about new places. Most of my travels have been across the United States visiting historical locations. My other travels have lead me to Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg. I have also been to Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands and to Cozumel, Mexico. I hope to share those experiences and many others with you.

With the pandemic, traveling and socializing has been limited to the books I have read since last March. I have read close to 50 books for pleasure and enjoyment since March and will continue to read. It is a passion of mine. I have also read educational books and journals as well as various articles about the science behind the pandemic and the best practices for protecting ourselves against it. What can I say, I love learning and I hope to pass that on to my students.