My experience as a college instructor began in 2008 at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. I first began teaching in the Office Administration Program where I had the opportunity to teach Medical Terminology and Document Formatting. While helping my students discover their goals and dreams, I decided to teach a First Year Experience course for first year college students. Along the way, I also began teaching online and enjoyed sharing my knowledge with the Health Information Technology Program at Owens teaching Language of Medicine and Pathophysiology.
In 2010, I began teaching first year college students at The University of Toledo & Bowling Green State University in courses such as College Reading and Study Skills, Critical Thinking, and a special online seminar titled "Health Care Communication." While at UT, I have participated in the development of learning communities for first year developmental education students and taught a course to Toledo Public high school students enrolled at the university.
In 2011, I began a project to develop ICD-10-CM/PCS medical coding continuing education courses for the Owens Community College Community and Workforce Development team. This online project required me to serve as the lead instructional designer and content developer.
In 2012, I realized the need for inclusive educational opportunities for students in college with Autism Spectrum Disorders after having two such students in my First Year Experience classes at Owens Community College. These young men were remarkable college students that were driven to succeed. I was amazed by their intelligence and willingness to educate me on the diverse natue of Autism Spectrum Disorders. I have since been a strong advocate for students with ASDs on college campuses even starting a student organization, Achieving with Aspergers and Autism Spectrum Disorders, at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio.
While at Owens Community College, I have served on several academic committees including the Faculty Professional Development Committee, Student Code of Conduct Review Team, and International Events and Study Abroad Committees.
My professional experience…..
I began working at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, Ohio at age seventeen and spent the next six years in the Radiology Department. I also worked as a Paralegal and as a Deputy Clerk for the government before becoming a mother. I later decided to share my acquired knowledge and began to pursue my passion for education and completed my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.
My educational background……
I started college at age 18 at The University of Toledo where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. Almost ten years later, I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education and I obtained my degree in December 2009. Most recently, I began taking courses towards my Ph.D. in Education and plan to graduate in 2014 with a degree in Higher Education Leadership.
My commitment to student success…..
It is my goal to help students succeed in college. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college and it was done with little encouragement from others. I can still remember how difficult it was to make the decision to attend college, work full time, and remain motivated to graduate. I maintain an open door policy for my students to contact me to share their struggles and accomplishments...I am always happy to listen!