I received both my graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. I have an M.B.A and Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology. I am also a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA AAMA) and CPR/AED/First Aid instructor. For over fifteen years I have instructed students in subjects to include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, clinical and administrative procedures and pharmacology. I was a part of a task force that created test questions for the Certified Medical Assisting examination so I am familiar with the formatting used on standardized tests. During my tenure in a "big city" proprietary school I put my M.B.A. to use teaching courses in economics, sociology, and business communications. The students I have instructed ranged from those that were home schooled, GED recipients, attendees of traditional brick and mortar schools, and non-traditional adult students. Before this I worked at a top 10 hospital in the pathology department. I assisted with the processing of anatomical and surgical specimens. When I say anatomical specimens, I mean autopsies. Because of this, I have an extensive and firsthand knowledge of anatomy.
I was recently asked to put my teaching philosophy into words and this is what I wrote:
"No should ever leave my classroom feeling that they didn't learn anything, their time was wasted, or they didn't get their money's worth. In order to accomplish this, I will be organized, prepared and demonstrate competence in the subjects I teach, every day. To help students develop I will adapt lesson plans to their different learning styles and use lecture, audiovisual, and hands-on demonstrations to meet each student' needs."
When I am not teaching I like to watch NCIS, Forensic Files, and Doctor Who (although I miss David Tennant and Matt Smith). I am waiting for The Walking Dead to return so my sons and I can take turns trying to scare each other when we walk the dog after watching an episode. Fires in the backyard and family game night round out my extracurricular activities.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology
Graduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - Masters in Business Administration, Business
Backyard fires, family game night, NCIS, Doctor Who, Forensic Files, The Walking Dead