Education faculty

Chris Yaw, M.S.

Lecturer in Education

M.S., Buena Vista University
B.A., Northwestern College



Chris Yaw has 17 years of experience as a teacher and school administrator, having served as both a middle school math instructor and a middle school principal. He also taught for a year in the health and human performance department of Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.

In addition to teaching education courses at Northwestern, Yaw serves as the college's head women's basketball coach.


  • Foundations of Education

    Foundations of Education

    (2 credits) This course provides philosophical, historical, social and economical foundational background for students considering the teaching profession.
  • Early Field Experience

    Early Field Experience

    (1 credit) This course requires 25 clock-hours of field experience with a certified teacher in an area school. Prerequisite: EDU102.
  • Early Field Experience-Middle School

    Early Field Experience-Middle School

    This course requires 25 clock-hours of field experience with a certified teacher in an area middle school. Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Prerequisite: EDU102. (1 credit)
  • Middle School Methods and Curriculum

    Middle School Methods and Curriculum

    (3 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course focuses on the philosophy of the middle school, organization of the curriculum, effective teaching strategies, and assessment. This course includes a 5 hour field experience. Prerequisite: junior class standing.

Professional experience

  • Middle School Math Instructor, MOC-Floyd Valley Schools, Orange City
  • Middle School Principal, Spencer Middle School, Spencer, Iowa
  • Instructor, Health and Human Performance Department, Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska


  • Co-authored and received Iowa Star Schools Grant