Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 5 @YvetteMCalleiro @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

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Today I’m celebrating…


NJ:  Hi, Yvette!  Thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Yvette:  March 7.

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Yvette:  I’m first for my parents but third for my dad (he has two children from a previous marriage).

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Yvette:  I started writing stories and poems at 12 years old. I began writing with the intent to publish in 2010, I believe.

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Yvette:  As a tween, I began writing to express my thoughts and emotions. My middle school Language Arts teacher constantly encouraged us to explore our imagination, and I loved every minute of it. As an author, I began writing to share the lives of the characters living in my head. I wanted to create stories that my students, who were struggling readers, would enjoy.

NJ:  Please put these in order of importance to you: Faith, Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty

Yvette:  Family, Honesty, Friends, Loyalty, Faith.

NJ:  What is the one thing people who really know you might say about you to a stranger?

Yvette:  I always want the best for others.

NJ:  In three paragraphs or less, if you could, how would you change the world?

Yvette:  I would create free, yearly, mandatory parenting classes that focus on what a parent can expect for his/her child’s development at each year of the child’s life. Classes would be in person or online and would provide resources and support for struggling parents. Parents would then get a tax break for attending the classes and participating in quarterly discussions. This system would cover health care, developmental issues, education tools, mental and emotional support systems, etc. Organizations would be encouraged to provide supportive materials such as early childhood books, clothes, blankets, formula, etc. Investing in the care and education of our children would make the biggest difference in our society. The more we care about the mental, emotional, and physical well-beings of people, the better our world would be.

I would also change the value system of our societies. Careers that better society as a whole (teachers, law enforcement, fire fighters, social and health care workers) would be highly paid to encourage a focus on education, community, and well-being. Societies would focus on wellness more proactively so that illness is reduced. Healthcare systems would focus on educating society on how to prevent and cure illnesses instead of masking the symptoms.

These are the ways I would change our world if I had the power to do so. A girl can dream, right? 😉

NJ:  Yes, a girl can dream 🙂 Describe yourself in ONE word

Yvette:  Ever-evolving

NJ:  THREE words that others might use to describe you

Yvette:  Strong, successful, selfless.

NJ:  What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Yvette:  I see a perfectly imperfect woman who strives to empower herself to be a better version of herself every day.

NJ:  Three women who you admire – famous or otherwise. What do you admire most about them?

My best friend – Even though she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a young age, she focused on embracing positive energy and finding the beauty and wonder in life. She reminds me every day to find the silver linings in life.

My sister – She has an inner strength that has kept her grounded and in control of her destiny. She is overflowing with perseverance and is constantly in pursuit of new knowledge to help better her life and the lives of her loved ones. She is my rock.

My mother – Her childhood was not easy, but she found the courage to leave her situation. She supported my father in his career and traveled often, finding odd jobs to make life easier for us all. She worked hard to break the cycle of her past and raised my sister and me with love and encouragement. She pushes me to always be better.

NJ:  What is the legacy you’d like to leave behind?

Yvette:  I would want my legacy to be one that encourages others to live a life full of mindfulness, compassion, empathy, and love for others as well as one’s self.

NJ:  What contributions, if any, have you made to society?

Yvette:  As a teacher, I believe I have contributed to the learning of thousands of students. I have empowered them and educated them to be the best versions of themselves. When I sponsored Key Club, a community service and leadership organization, I contributed to cleaning up our environment, instilling a love of community and service in students, and building future leaders. As a creative writing club sponsor, I have provided a safe space for students to speak their truths and to embrace their authentic selves. As a human being, I participate in recycling and cleaning up the oceans as well as spreading awareness on issues close to my heart. As an author, I’m hoping my newest novel, HYPE, provides sexually abused survivors with the courage and strength to get the help they need.

NJ:  If at all, how has belonging to RRBC and RWISA helped you as a writer?

Yvette:  Belonging to RRBC and RWISA have improved my writing by sharpening my skills. Through the RRBC workshops and conferences, I have learned how to eliminate filler words and repetition. With my RWISA critique group, I’ve become better at descriptive writing and showing instead telling. I’ve also become better at blogging and sharing my works with others.

NJ:  What has belonging to RRBC and RWISA  brought to your life?

Yvette:  RRBC and RWISA have allowed me to feel part of a family of writers and supporters. I don’t know that I would have continued my journey in becoming a writer had it not been for their guidance and encouragement.

NJ:  Yvette, I am honored to know you.  Please accept these flowers from my heart to yours.

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Friends, please visit Yvette’s RRBC Author Page to learn more about her and follow her social media.  More than anything, I’d like to ask that you pick up a copy of her book, “HYPE.”

Hype by Yvette M. Calleiro

Please click HERE to join me at, or after 12 midnight CT for Day 6 of my Women of Excellence Salute!


  1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Yvette I am impressed with what you would like to achieve and what you have already accomplished. You are a woman of excellence. What a wonderful teacher you are. I bet it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Congratulations!

    • Thank you, Shirley! I am fortunate enough to work for an administration that truly appreciates their teachers. Feeling appreciated makes a difference in how much you enjoy what you do, especially when society’s “leaders” are constantly underappreciating and underpaying you. Thanks for sharing your kind words with me today. They mean a lot to me. 🙂

  2. Wonderful ideas for changing the world, Yvette! 💞 Also enjoyed learning more about you as Nonnie celebrates Women of Excellence. Thanks for all you continue to do to improve life for us all.

    • Thank you, Bette! I appreciate you stopping by and sharing those kind words with me. 🙂

  3. Congratulations, Yvette! I love your vision. I, too, dream a world. Your latest book “Hype” is important and I predict it will do well. EnJoy this honor. Thank you for writing great books, Yvette, and thanks for this recognition, Nonnie.

  4. Yvette–your ideas about education are visionary. I’m often confused when administrators at schools have never been in a classroom, and superintendents don’t consult teachers when major decisions need to be made. As you know, my daughter taught in inner-city Boston for many years, and your ideas would have been vital to her students. Parenting classes, access to resources (she had no books in her library until I contacted a foundation to fix that), better salaries for teachers, etc., would definitely improve education. So many excellent teachers are walking away these days because they can make more money elsewhere, leaving big gaps. We need teachers LIKE YOU!!!

    It was great to get to know more about you in this profile. I reblogged on my blog and I hope more people will read “Hype,” especially since the book’s main topic been in the news this week.

    And finally–I might add–you, your best friend, sister and mother are AMAZING. Don’t ever forget it!

    • Thank you for your kind words, Wanda! You are right. So many teachers are leaving the field because they can make more money in other jobs. I know several teachers who are on their way out because they are tired of being devalued, especially with the amount of stress and pressure we are under. I will pass along your comments to the strong women in my life. It will make them smile. 😊

  5. Reblogged this on Wanda Adams Fischer and commented:
    The topic of sexual abuse has been in the press for the last couple of days. I recommend Yvette’s book “Hype” if you want to understand more about this topic from the point of view of a popular teenager.

    • Aw, thank you, Wanda! I appreciate you promoting HYPE. It means a lot to me. 😊

  6. authorrandyoverbeck

    I love your priorities for changing the world. The idea of expert parenting classes is brilliant. On the question of fairly compensating the who serve society, did you know there are towns in Japan where teachers’s salaries MUST equal the highest paid individual in the town. Talk about valuing education.

    • I love that, Randy! If you think about it, few, if any, careers are unattainable without some kind of education, so you’d think that career would be elevated and revered. Thanks for sharing that with me, Randy! 😊

  7. The RRBC’s Women of Excellence list has not disappointed. It’s always nice to learn more about the people that you associate with. Congratulations Yvette – I am also grateful that you made time to help me out with my latest book while you were vacationing across the country.. Thank you, too, for all your support since I joined this exclusive group of authors. Nonnie, still batting a thousand with all you do.

    • It was my pleasure, John. I was honored that you asked me to help. 😊

  8. Hi Yvette, it’s wonderful to see you here. What a fabulously well thought out plan you have for saving the world. I am in completement about education being the key to improving society and people’s lives and bringing in the parents as you did, is a stroke of genius.

    • Thank you, Robbie! If we can support and educate parents, imagine how much better they can raise their children. 😊

      • Hi Yvette, I re-read my comment and laughed. Somehow complete agreement took on a strange form. Your thoughts about support for parents are impressive.

        • I kinda figured out what you meant, Robbie. 😁 Teachers are good at that. Lol! 😉

  9. Nonnie, thank you for honoring Yvette, today! She is most definitely a Woman of Excellence. Yvette, I chose you as one of the three women I most admire, and your answers to how you would change the world only added to my admiration. Babies don’t come with handbooks or instructions. I keenly remember the anxiety and times of panic I experienced as a young mom. A support system would have made life so much easier for me and my children, as it would for all parents today and in the future. You are a difference-maker and your students are blessed to have you.

    • I agree, Patty! Knowing what to expect at every age and knowing I had people to call for help can help so many parents. I’m happy you agree, and thanks for your kind words. Love you, too! 😊

  10. Reblogged this on PTL Perrin Writes… and commented:
    What a joy to share in celebrating my friend Yvette Calleiro as a Woman of Excellence today. I’m not lying when I say, as a friend of her mother’s, I knew her before she was born, and it’s a privilege to be her friend today. Thank you Nonnie, for honoring such an excellent woman!

    • Thanks for sharing, Patty! I appreciate you. 😊

  11. As a both a teacher and an author, your impact can be far reaching, Yvette. Your contributions to society are of such a positive nature. That is one of the reasons you are a woman of excellence. Thank you, Nonnie, for highlighting Yvette.

  12. Thank you for continuing the series and providing an insight into each of them. It’s a tribute to Yvette that she is a teacher who cares about her students. I agree that we should value service-oriented jobs in the USA, such as teachers whose pay has dropped over the past decade in the USA. Yet, in similarly wealthy European nations (i.e., Germany), teachers are among the nation’s top earners. My husband and son were both teachers, but my son went into another position primarily to earn a better income to support his family and give his wife the flexibility of staying home after their 2nd child was born.

  13. Hello Yvette, Ni Nonnie,
    Yvette, I like that you devote part of your life and also see part of your purpose in life as helping the younger generations. They will never know how to find their place if we are not honest enough to open up and share our failures and our successes with them. I believe that is what puts a person in an ever-evolving situation. The person doesn’t stop learning. The person moves through a process that takes them even higher in life, and this process encourages those they leave behind.
    I enjoyed learning more about you.

    Nonnie, thank you for choosing Yvette as one of your WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE.

    Shalom aleichem

    • I truly believe that every experience in life helps me grow and evolve. I teach my students to see every opportunity as a learning experience. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts with me and always supporting me. 😊

  14. A great read Yvette. Coming from a family of teachers and to some extend teaching myself in the world of Health care and associated risk,I truly admire the work you do for your students.I believe you will have made an impression that will last for many of their lifetimes.I enjoy reading your books and hope to emulate your talent one day.

    • Aw, thank you, Joy! I truly appreciate your kind words. 😊

  15. Rox Burkey

    Nonnie, thank you for sharing a new side of Yvette. I enjoyed learning new tidbits about you Yvette. Wonderful post, ladies.

    • Thank you, Rox! I’m happy you enjoyed the interview. 😊

  16. Yvette, enjoy your day in this HUGE spotlight! You deserve it 🙂

    • Thank you for choosing me as one of your women of excellence, Nonnie! I truly embrace this honor. I’m actually camping right now, which is a no cell phone zone, but I checked real quickly and saw this and had to respond. You are such an amazing woman. Thank you for always uplifting others. If I don’t get to future comments today, I will get to them when I can. I truly appreciate everyone who has commented. You are all part of my support family, and you mean so much to me. 😊

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