Faculty Who Care
Instructor, Physical Therapist Assistant
In March, 2014 I accepted a position at Central Penn College as the Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education and faculty member for the Physical Therapist Assistant program. I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of courses including PTA, Allied Health and general education courses. As a PTA and a former banker, I have instructed and trained health care professionals and bankers in various educational courses related to their respective careers.
I was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. Upon graduation from college I spent 7 years in Wilmington, DE before relocating to the Greater Harrisburg Region. My husband and I have 2 grown sons and a daughter in high school. My first career was spent in the banking industry (over 20 years), managing the retail system for a $5 Billion company. Eventually, I was named Sr. Vice President and the first female to be a member of the Executive Management team. After leaving the banking industry due to a merger, I decided to stay home with my children for several years. During that time, I evaluated my next career move. I always had a passion for the medical field and after much deliberation decided to attend Central Penn College and pursue a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Upon graduation, I had the opportunity to work in both the inpatient and outpatient clinical environments. Those experiences where absolutely rewarding! As a PTA, I w as able to educate patients and their family members on various Physical Therapy interventions. I thoroughly enjoyed educating and sharing my love for Physical Therapy with my patients. Now, I am able to share my passion with student Physical Therapist Assistants.
As the Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education (ACCE) and faculty member of the PTA program it affords me the opportunity to work with each student on an individual basis. It is my job to know each of my students and ensure they have a great learning experience completing both the didactic and clinical affiliation requirements of the program. My teaching philosophy is a student-centered approach, meaning that both the student and faculty member must be engaged and equal partners in the learning process. The student should be empowered to take ownership of their education and help them realize that they are responsible for their learning outcomes. The goal is to make sure that each student has the information necessary to become an effective and successful PTA. The ultimate goals being licensure and obtaining a job. I firmly believe that the student must be given the tools to be successful, but that doesn't mean I will complete the wor k for the student. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has a Code of Ethics/Standards. One of the eight standards discusses lifelong learning. As a faculty member, I aspire to create that desire with in each student for lifelong learning.