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YES Prep Public Schools

YES Prep Public Schools

Hear from Ricca Dickens about the fight for quality education at YES Prep.

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Meet Ricca Dickens

Teacher Ambassador

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YES is filled with like-minded, driven and fun individuals who want to do right by kids. Some of my coworkers are also like family. I love coming to work because everyone is uncompromising in the fight to ensure that every student gets access to a quality education.

Ricca Dickens


  • 7th Grade Writing Teacher


  • Sewanee-The University of the South


  • Started “Excuse My FRO” Club
  • Cheer Coach
  • Track Coach
  • Teacher Consultant

Teacher Certification Program

Why I Teach

I teach because I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Kids deserve advocates despite circumstances they may face. They deserve love, hope and safe spaces to dream. Every day, I get the privilege to influence children that have so much to look forward to.

I get the opportunity to empower and liberate through literature, discussions, extracurricular activities like cheer and track, and mentorship through my after-school club Excuse My FRO. When I first began teaching, I knew I wanted to do things outside of the classroom. My goal was to build relationships and create an outlet for youth.

YES Prep Public Schools by the numbers

  • 820

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 13,502

    Dedicated Engaged Learners

  • 18:1

    Average Student to Teacher Ratio

  • $56,000

    New Teacher Starting Salary

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