Yassila was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Yassila has served as the Director of Student Services at Schaumburg High School in Schaumburg, Illinois since 2005. Prior to this, Yassila was a counselor, Dean of Students, and Spanish teacher at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Yassila earned a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Roosevelt University, a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Northern Illinois University.
Yassila’s background reflects a commitment to developing strong partnerships between adolescents, parents, schools and community resources. As Co-Chair for the Communities for Positive Youth Development, Yassila collaborates to develop and sustain community programming to prevent youth substance use and promote healthy decision-making.
“It is an honor for me to support the survivors of tragic events as well as loved ones impacted by these tragedies. May your resiliency be powerful and long lasting. Caring for first responders who serve to provide for the health and safety of our communities in crisis situations helps us to ensure no one is forgotten. May we together, through our shared efforts, hear the voices of those who are not able to speak, protect the hearts of those aching for compassion, and help heal our communities.”