Yolanda Adams, originally from Bogota, Colombia, came to the High Country in 2002. She holds a 2-year degree in Business Administration from Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, her original home when she moved from Bogota, Colombia, in 1992.
In 2012, she was hired as the Spanish Interpreter and Translator for Watauga County Schools (WCS). Her passion and service to the Latino community lead her to apply for and receive the position of Family Resource Coordinator for WCS. She has implemented the Juntos program, which promotes higher education for the Latino Community, a program developed by NC State University. She has created a family workshop called “Semillas” (Seeds) to help Kindergarten families and newcomers understand how the school system in the USA works compared to the one in their countries. She has worked tirelessly to build bridges between the Latino/Hispanic Community, Law enforcement, local organizations, and private businesses to make sure that inclusion, diversity and empowering are present for the benefit of all.
Adams is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Q’ Pasa Appalachia.
She has received the following awards:
2017 -Servant’s Heart Award by Watauga County Schools
2020- Baker/Jones Women of the Year Award by Boone Area Chamber of Commerce
2022 – Chancellor’s Award for Inclusive Excellence “Community” by Appalachian State University.
Adams was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper on May 3rd, 2022 to be a member of the DRIVE Task Force (Task Force to Develop a Representative and Inclusion Vision in Education).