Charlene Yackanich remembers playing "school" as a young child and always insisting on being the teacher. Is it any wonder that so many years (and careers) later, she made a full circle back to teaching as a profession? Charlene received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Organizational Management and Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University. This accomplishment led to her amazing personal transformation - anxious and lost to joyful and found. God is good!
Charlene considers herself blessed to have the opportunity to teach online management and leadership courses for the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University (GCU). Along with being part of an interesting and challenging educational environment, being an online instructor at GCU has allowed her the flexibility to pursue her other interests. Including traveling, leading a woman's Bible study, career counseling for college bound students of all ages and unceasingly seeking learning opportunities for herself.
Charlene resides in South Florida with her husband of 26 years, Michael. Together they have two children. Alison is 21 years old and graduates from Massachusetts College of Art this May. Austin is 18 years old and just started Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. Although enjoying almost year-round beach days in sunny South Florida, Charlene still has a heart for her hometown beach and boardwalk in Long Beach, New York. Fortunately, she visits both beaches often - renewing her mind, body, and spirit.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Facilitating the Servant Leadership and Cross-Cultural Communication courses specifically has further established my creative and spiritual journey as a servant leader. I find immense joy in being a part of GCU's vision to educate people to learn and serve.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
Interestingly, making the transition from teaching in-person management courses at Palm Beach Atlantic University to the online setting at GCU has helped me focus on the challenge of engaging in a meaningful connection with the students without the benefit of face-to-face interaction. As a result, I strongly encourage and practice communicating frequently via announcements, forums, e-mail and phone calls.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
The guiding verse for all the courses I teach is Galatians 6:9; "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." With that being said, I believe that any student who is faithful to this admonition successfully masters whatever they are trying to accomplish.