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  • Amanda Skuban with Students.

Amanda Skuban

  • Program: Dental Assisting

    Education/Industry Certifications: Licensed Dental Assistant, Diploma from Southeast Community College; Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Has Taught at SCC Since: 2007

    Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: Before coming to SCC to teach in the Dental Assisting program, I worked at the University Dental Associates as a dental assistant. This is a private practice at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry where the dental professors work when they are not teaching the dental students. During my time there, I worked for more than 26 dentists who practiced under many different specialties.

    Describe your teaching philosophy.

    My teaching philosophy is that I am here for the student. My hope is to be a facilitator for each of my students and help guide them on the journey to becoming a professional in the dental assisting world. Their focus should be on the skills they need to learn in our short one-year program. They have hands-on learning in both lab and clinical. This makes it important to create an environment where students feel comfortable being themselves and learning at the same time.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?

    I was asked by my dental assisting instructors if I would be interested in teaching. I knew that I would enjoy it and with an educational background in teaching already, I knew it would be a great fit for me.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?

    Students should expect one year of hard work, dedication to patient care, endless learning, and having fun while doing it. The Dental Assisting program has excellent faculty who truly know and understand dentistry and the teaching skills at a variety of levels. The dental assisting profession needs caring, passionate people. Demand is high, and jobs are plentiful.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?

    I am involved in the dental assisting community by serving on both state and local dental assisting boards. My previous employment at the College of Dentistry also prepared me for many different aspects of the dental world. I strive to bring new and engaging activities to the classroom to keep each student involved and focused on the topic/skills being discussed.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program? 

    Your healthcare skills as a dental assistant professional are needed in the community! Take the time to learn, focus and be the best you can be. Ask questions if you do not know or understand. That is what we are here to do, help you understand. Your dedication and effort will be rewarded. You will make a difference in many people’s lives when you join the dental community. A graduate from the Dental Assisting program from SCC is valued and well-respected in our community and state!

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?

    I love working with students and seeing them learn; when the lightbulb goes on. I also enjoy helping them overcome challenges and watching them grow as they become successful members of the dental world.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

    Our (Health Sciences) division works as a team. When someone is in need, another will help out. We are a small community that takes care of each other. Teamwork is needed in all healthcare settings.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?

    Every graduation day is a proud moment for me. Many dental assisting students who started the program have no knowledge or education in the profession before they begin. It is a great feeling to know you have had a part in the success of each student.

    What do you like to do when you're not teaching?

    I have several hobbies and they all include being with my family while doing them. We like to golf, camp, fish, basically anything that takes us outdoors.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?

    My family is Czech! We like to go to different Czech festivals. Several of my family members and close friends play in different Czech bands.