Yvonne Etienne Cole, '64

Yvonne Cole has had many first experiences in her life. She was the first African American student to graduate from

Incarnate Word Academy and the first African American instructor to be hired in the Lindbergh School District. For 33 years, Yvonne taught biology and honors biology, coordinated the international Baccalaureate program, instructed at risk 9th graders during the summer, mentored student interns, was part of the principal’s advisory council and founded and coached the State nationally ranked Pom Pon team.Yvonne retired from the Lindbergh district in 2001 but became an adjunct professor in biology at: Florissant Valley Community College, St. Charles Community College, Fontbonne

University and Lindenwood University. She has remained active in dance (Poms) as Vice President of the Missouri Dance Team Association and as an adjudicator of dance team competitions. Yvonne has received recognition as a Lindbergh Leader (1985), Fenton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator (1997) and was inducted into the Lindbergh Athletic Hall of Fame (2009). She has been married to Robert for 38 years; they have two sons, Robert and Ryan. Yvonne is also a grandma of Robert III and Sidney Olivia Ann.