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Blake Johnson

Social Studies Department


  • BIO: Blake Johnson teaches social studies and sponsors Student Council and the Quiz Bowl Team at the Yadkin Early College. He graduated from Elkin High School in 2000 and served in the Marine Corps from 2001-2007. He received a Bachelor’s in history and secondary teaching certificate from Winston-Salem State University in 2011. He now lives in Elkin with his wife, Mary, two children, dog and cat.

Michelle Kreh

Science Department


  • BIO: Michelle Kreh teaches science and is the sponsor for the robotics teams and Red Cross blood drives at Yadkin Early College High School.  She grew up in East Tennessee, graduated from Wake Forest University with a BS in biology and math in 1995, and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with an MS in ecology in 1997.  Mrs. Kreh has enjoyed the privilege of teaching at YECHS since 2008.

Chris Lyon




Lee Mastin

Math Department


  • BIO: Lee Mastin grew up in State Road and attended East Wilkes High School, he is also a 1997 graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS in Secondary Mathematics Education.  He has taught all levels of mathematics through Calculus and Physics with a particular love of Geometric Proof.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Desiree, and their two boys, listening to live local music, lifting weights, and watching football.

Robin Dellinger Mikles

Teacher Assistant


Laura Pack

Language Arts Department


  • BIO: Mrs. Laura A. Pack is a lifelong resident of Yadkin County. She attended and graduated from Yadkinville Elementary and Forbush High School. She received an Associate in Arts degree from Surry Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Catawba College. Mrs. Pack majored in English with a concentration in Literature and minored in Business Administration. Teaching has been a dream of hers since she was a child. Mrs. Pack loved to help her aunt in her classroom on teacher workdays, and loved to pretend that she was the teacher of her own class as a young girl. Mrs. Pack found as she grew older and attended high school, she had a great interest in literature, so becoming a high school Language Arts teacher just made perfect sense for her. Mrs. Pack considers it a privilege to have taught many of the youth in our county since 2002. Mrs. Pack loves being a teacher at the Yadkin Early College.
Patricia Sarabia
Foreign Language Department
  • BIO: Mrs. Sarabia is our Spanish teacher. She is originally from San Luis Potosí, Mexico, but also calls California her home since she lived there as a teen. She has a BA in Spanish with a minor in Business Administration from Winston-Salem State University. Mrs. Sarabia has worked in our school system for about twelve years. Prior to teaching Spanish at the YEC, she worked in the ESL Department at Yadkinville Elementary School. She is passionate about sharing the culture and traditions from Spanish speaking countries and hopes to break stereotypes and misconceptions about these countries and their people. She hopes her students can become more appreciative, inclusive and accepting of other people and their cultures through the language and culture exposure they get in her classes. Mrs. Sarabia enjoys spending time with family and traveling whenever possible.

Robin Shore

Administrative Assistant



Kara Slawter

School Counselor/Student Advisor

  • BIO: Kara Slawter is the school counselor at Yadkin Early College High School. Slawter received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and American Studies through Salem College. Slawter completed her graduate degree in School Counseling at Appalachian State University. Over the past decade Slawter has worked in rural Piedmont counties with first generation college students to improve their access to post-secondary education and job opportunities. 

Phyllis Smith

EC Department



Emily Williams

Language Arts/Social Studies Departments


  • BIO: Emily Williams grew up, and currently lives, in Hamptonville, N.C. She attended West Yadkin Elementary, and she graduated from Starmount High School in 2002. She spent two years at Surry Community College, and from there she transferred to Appalachian State in January of 2005. Emily majored in History, Secondary Education, and she graduated from Appalachian State University in 2007 with her Bachelor of Arts degree.  She is dually licensed to teach English and History in grades 9-12, and English and History in grades 6-8. Emily has been teaching since August of 2007, and she has been at the Early College since the Fall of 2011.

Edgar Zamora

Math Department


  • BIO: Edgar Zamora has taught mathematics at Yadkin Early College for the past eight years.  Mr. Zamora graduated from Starmount High School in 2007 and received his B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education from Appalachian State University in 2011. As an active member of the North Carolina Council for Teachers of Mathematics, Mr. Zamora earned the recognition as the Yadkin County Schools District Teacher of the Year in 2017. Mr. Zamora serves Yadkin Early College in the capacities of Early College Cup sponsor, MathCounts coach, YCS Teacher Leader, and as a member of the School Improvement Team.  Mr. Zamora believes in serving his students as much as possible in order to promote a positive high school experience that prepares them for college and the real world. At home, Mr. Zamora is a family man. Married to Elizabeth, Mr. Zamora enjoys raising his four children and supporting F.C. Barcelona as a lifelong fan.