Mrs. Yvonne Echols Hollins is the daughter of Ora Echols and the late LeRoy Echols. She is the fourth of eight children. Yvonne was born and raised in Sibletown and the Howard Day Projects of Harrisburg, PA. She is the blessed, happy wife of John W. Hollins, and the mother of Nikole Hollins and stepmother of John and Darren Hollins. She is an active member of The Trinity Church of God.

She attended the Harrisburg Schools, and graduated from the former John Harris High School in 1968. Mrs. Hollins has served the Harrisburg School District (1972-1994) and community as a teacher, federal programs coordinator, assistant principal, and principal. During her tenure with the Central Dauphin School District (1994-2004), she served as an assistant principal, Director of Secondary Education and Assistant Superintendent-Secondary Instruction. Mrs. Hollins retired recently as Executive Director and currently serves as Board Secretary of The Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg.

Educational Achievements:

  • Degree of Associate of Science, HACC, 1970

  • Degree of Bachelor in Elementary Education, Penn State University, 1972

  • Master in Education, Teaching, and Curriculum, Penn State University, 1979

  • Master in Educational Administration, Shippensburg University, 1988

  • Secondary Principal Certification, Shippensburg University, 1988

  • Supervisor Elementary Education Certification, Shippensburg University, 1988

  • Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility, Temple University, 1994

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education – Distinguished Educator – Independent Consultant, 2005- 2007

Other Awards and Acknowledgements:

  • Nominated and listed in 1975 Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America

  • Community Service Award, Girls’ Club of Harrisburg, 1976

  • Selected as an Outstanding Teacher and Lecturer of South Central PA, Shippensburg University, 1981

  • Outstanding Community Service, Woodward Students, 1983

  • “World’s Greatest Senior Class Advisor”, Harrisburg High, 1987

  • Outstanding Community and Educational Service, Harrisburg Association of Black Administrators, 1991

  • Commitment and Dedication Award, Intermediate School PTA, 1993

  • Community Service Award, Trinity Church of God

  • Community Service Award, Chosen Friends Lodge 43 F&AM Prince Hall, 1994

  • Appreciation for Service, Teen Girls United, Trinity Church of God, 1995

  • Outstanding Alumna Award, Penn State University, 1997

  • Outstanding Alumna Award, Harrisburg Area Community College, 2004

  • The Spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award in Education, 2005

  • Educational Development Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 2008

  • Community Woman of the Year, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., 2009

  • Earth Angel Honoree, Rejoice, Inc., 2010

  • Certificate of Appreciation, RENEW Woman of the Year, Trinity Church of God, 2010

  • Pride Through Excellence Award, Pride of the Neighborhood Academies, Inc., 2010

  • Interdenominational Ministers Conference of Greater Harrisburg – The Spirit of Rosa Parks Recognition Award 2011

  • S.O.A.R Award Sum Good Outstanding Achievement Recognize, for 30 years of dedication as a leader in the field of working with young people.

  • Awarded William Howard Day Cemetery Avenue of Honorees 2013 African-American Memorial Day Ceremony.

  • Key to the City Award, Harrisburg. The highest award the Mayor can bestow upon a citizen. February, 2013.

  • 2015 Spectrum Award for Leadership 2015

  • Nehemiah Effect Award – Harrisburg Area (WMS) Women’s Missionary Society 2016

  • God’s Beautiful Bouquet Community Award – Jewels & Gems Diamond Award 2016

  • Penn State University Alumni Achievement Award 2016

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Performing Artist Showcase – Dream Keeper Award 2017

  • Member Board of Directors Harrisburg Public Schools Foundation 2015

  • Member Board of Directors UPMC Pinnacle 2015

  • Member Board of Directors Dauphin County CASA 2017

  • Member Board of Directors STEAM Academy 2017

  • United Way of the Capital Region Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award 2018



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