Program: Pharmacy Technician
Education/Industry Certifications: Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, Certified Pharmacy Technician, CPhT
Has Taught at SCC Since: July 2011
Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: 25
Describe your teaching philosophy.
I believe each student brings a different life experience to my classroom. We learn from each other, and I feel my teaching style reflects my philosophy. Small-group activities and hands-on activities where I act as a guide are my primary methods of teaching. Learning happens through doing class assignments, class discussions and exercises together.
Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
I don’t think I decided to teach at the community college, I think it choose me. I trained pharmacy technicians for many years before coming to SCC. I was asked to teach a pharmacy technician class as an adjunct, and it eventually turned into a full-time position. I was not actively seeking out a teaching job at the time. I actually had never dreamed I would be teaching when I grew up.
What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
Students can expect an engaging educational experience where they will collaborate and create a learning community.
What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
I think being a mom of three gives me a different perspective on teaching and students. It makes me more sympathetic and understanding.
What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
Do your homework about the profession. What skills do you possess that would make you a good pharmacy technician? Find out what you like and don’t like about being a pharmacy technician. Look for a job in the profession before you graduate!
What do you enjoy most about working with students?
Knowing that I played a small part in someone achieving their goal of becoming a pharmacy technician is one of my most enjoyable things about working with students.
What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
The best part about being an SCC faculty member is definitely the friendships I have developed since I’ve been here. Not only with other faculty and staff but students as well.
What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
My proudest moments are when my students come back from clinical experiences and tell me that they met my former students and are working side-by-side with former students of mine.
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
When I am not teaching I spend most of my free hours running my kids from activity to activity. I know these days will soon be over, so I am definitely enjoying it while I can. I also like to walk my dog and read books.
What would students be surprised to know about you?
I enjoy being alone. Social activities, especially in large groups, make me stressed and uncomfortable. It is not unusual for me to go shopping, go to a movie, or go to a restaurant alone. It helps me clear my head and de-stress.