about yvonneYvonne Gittelson for Hampshire County Sheriff

First and foremost, I’m a worker, educator, and contributor. My professional career has always been a significant part of my identity and it’s important to me to do well, be effective, and be valued for my contributions. I’m performance and outcomes-driven; I set high standards for myself and those I supervise. I’m constantly learning, and always sharing what I learn with others. I have always had a very strong sense of right and wrong, of fairness and injustice. Although I would consider myself to have successfully navigated the education and professional worlds, things could just as easily gone the other way for me. I identify with those who have not been well-served by the systems in place. I know what it’s like to feel like an “other” and I know we all do better when we can all participate and contribute.

Born and raised: Long Island, NY. Brooklyn, Nassau County, Suffolk County.

Education: Proud graduate of public schools throughout, and strong supporter of public education. NY Regents High School diploma with Honors. Member, Kappa Delta Pi; Education Honor Society.

Graduate Student Leadership Award, December 2021: chosen by faculty and administration, FSU.  Watch my acceptance speech

College and Graduate School:

  • University of Southern California, general ed requirements with an emphasis on political science/law, International Relations, and English.
  • University of California, Berkeley: BA in History, with more coursework in political science and psychology.
  • San Francisco State University: Secondary Teaching Credential; Social Sciences.
  • Fitchburg State University: M. Ed. in Leadership and Management.
  • Endicott College: Doctoral program in process; focusing on Correctional Education Leadership.

Professional Career:
• K-12 educator at the High School level in two high-powered academic schools: Berkeley High School, CA, and Amherst Regional HS, MA.
• Innovative entrepreneur and small business creator/owner-operator: Teacher’s Pet Dog Center, which provided Obedience Training, Doggie Daycare/Boarding, and Behavioral Problem-Solving.

• Corrections Education Program Coordinator, Hampshire County Jail: Staff supervision and evaluation, 100% successful grantwriter, ensurer of program compliance with state and federal regulations, developer of new courses and programming, liaison to MassHire/Franklin-Hampshire Workforce Development Board, UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Greenfield Community College, and MA Adult Education Directors’ Council.

• Corrections Specialist, MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education: Providing compliance oversight of, and technical assistance to facilities presently receiving DESE state and federal funding, which include: 8 County Jails and Houses of Correction, 4 sites within the state Department of Corrections system, and all Department of Youth Services sites. This also includes outreach to the presently non-funded Correctional facilities, providing information, resources, and guidance to all. This role involves site visits around the state and regular meetings and ongoing communication with facility administrators, education program directors, Correctional teachers, incarcerated students, and program support experts who provide professional development and training, across more than a dozen sites, and totaling almost $5 million. Significant fiscal oversight is a key component of this position, requiring monitoring of approximately half a dozen different state and federal grant programs with varying terms and requirements.