Clare Yeakel has been involved in education in some way almost all of her adult life. Clare has experienced teaching grades one through eight in a one room school, full time service in the Manteca Unified School District for 20 years, then establishing a tutoring service through her church upon retirement. Through her career she always impressed her students and fellow teachers with her devotion and dedication to learning.
Clare began her career in Pennsylvania in a one-room school before moving to Stockton after meeting and marrying her husband Dave. Starting her Manteca teaching career as a substitute, Clare became a full time teacher at Yosemite School. She also taught at Sequoia, Golden West, and Nile Garden schools. Her devotion to Manteca Unified spanned a period of twenty years. She was trained as a reading specialist but had a desire to remain in the classroom. She worked extremely well with all levels of students, gifted and students who needed remediation.
Upon retirement from her chosen profession, Clare kept teaching by tutoring at first in her own home, then at St. Paul's Church and at Give Every Child a Chance. Clare was a member of the founding board of directors.
Wherever Clare has lived the adults and children of the community have benefited from her love of education and her willingness to share this love with anyone in need. If someone called her today, she would find time to find resources to help them.