Faculty Who Care
Instructor, Occupational Therapy Assistant
I received my Associate in Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Central Penn College in 2014. Immediately upon graduation, I began working as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in a skilled nursing facility where I taught residents new ways to complete their daily activities after they have experienced an injury or illness. I continue to work as a COTA on an as needed basis in an effort to sharpen my clinical skills and provide the most current and relevant treatment techniques to my students in the OTA program. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Central Penn College with an anticipated graduation date of spring 2016.
I was born and raised here in central Pennsylvania, but spent 15 years traveling all over the country in support of my husband who was serving in the U.S. Navy. During those years I held various management positions within the sales and customer service industries, but continued to pursue my educational goals and work toward a career in health care. In 2004, we returned to central PA to be closer to family. While caring for my aging parents, I witnessed firsthand the impact of quality care and that experience crystallized my desire to fulfill my lifelong goal of working as a healthcare provider. When I have spare time I enjoy spending it with my family (including the furry, 4-legged ones!), reading, watching movies and volunteering with the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
My personal goal when teaching is to challenge students and watch them grow to their full potential. I want to take students at different levels and see them develop together, while at the same time providing encouragement as they achieve individual goals. The impact of group work, when students help fellow students, changes each person and transforms the atmosphere of the class as a whole. Ultimately, the skill of working well with other team members will carry over into any professional working environment. My goal is to create a classroom that is a safe learning environment for all. It is important to me that my students, as well as their parents, other teachers, administrators and people in the community, see me as someone they can approach, who will be fair and nondiscriminatory. I also believe in teaching content that is meaningful, applicable and engaging to students. If they do not see the point of the subject matter then they will not be interested in it. I also believe that high energy levels and a positive attitude from the teacher are key elements to a successful learning environment. I believe that teachers who demonstrate curiosity and passion about a subject area motivate students to learn. Teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them.