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Lynnett Paneitz

  • Program: Instructor, Medical Laboratory Technology

    Education/Industry Certifications: Bachelor of Science degree in Education with an emphasis in Communication Disorders; Associate of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, currently working on Master of Arts degree in Management.

    Has taught at SCC since: 2010

    Years of work experience outside SCC: 6

    Describe your teaching philosophy.
    My teaching philosophy is quite simple: Learning should be fun, and we should care about our students! I strongly believe that if the students are having fun, then they are engaged. If they are engaged, then they are learning. As an instructor you must care about the students whose lives you are influencing. Teaching is much more than putting in an eight-hour day. To teach well, one must care.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
    When I was a student here I remember thinking that teaching in the program would be fun. The instructors seemed to know everything about the lab, and they were so engaged in our education. They were much more involved than most of the instructors I'd had at the university, and that was a big draw for me. After I graduated, I had made it my goal to become an instructor at SCC in the Medical Laboratory Technology program. What better way to give back to the institution that gave me so much?

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
    Prospective students can expect a program that is deep in math and science. Our core classes cover subject matter that is not taught to the degree in which we teach it in any other program. Almost all of our core classes include a laboratory portion, so we have a lot of hands-on learning. The material can be quite challenging, but it is so interesting. I always tell my students that the classes should be challenging, otherwise anyone would be doing what we do, and I don't want just anyone running my lab work.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
    I have a Bachelor of Science degree in education with an emphasis in communication disorders. This degree opened my eyes to a lot of different ways of engaging a learner. I had to have one-on-one clinical experience with clients needing assistance with such things as speech problems all the way to reading comprehension. This helped prepare me for the world of teaching and trying to connect with each student on a personal level, to let them know that I care. I worked in one of the Lincoln hospitals for six years in a full-service laboratory. I worked my way up from a phlebotomist to a Medical Laboratory Scientist trained in all areas of the laboratory. I have a well-rounded view of the laboratory that I share with my students.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
    Try to have a strong background in math and science as that is the basis of our core classes.  Come prepared to work hard and you'll do well! 

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?
    I love the one-on-one time we get in student lab. I believe this is one of the best things about our program. The student/instructor barrier that is many times present in lecture settings comes down, and we work together with the students as a learning team. 

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
    The best part is watching the students grow, not only in knowledge of the subject matter, but also in confidence. When I first meet the students, their laboratory knowledge is minimal, and they are like a blank canvas. During the course of the year that I have them in my courses, I have the privilege to watch them develop into smart, well-rounded laboratory professionals. 

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
    My proudest moment was as a new instructor when my first class of students graduated. We all learned so much together that year, and it was so wonderful to see them graduate and go into the professional world and be successful. 

    What do you like to do when you're not teaching?
    When I'm not teaching I spend time with my family. I have a wonderful, handsome husband, two children, ages 3 and 7 months, and three doggies. I keep busy either chasing a child or a dog. I also like to read, to try to play the piano and put puzzles together.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?
    I love to play video games! I tell people it helps with hand-eye coordination, which is essential in a laboratory technologist, but I don't know if that's true. I really only stick to the "old-school" games. I had a Super Mario Brothers wedding cake and once got 500+ lines in Tetris. As for Bond on the N64 . . . bring it!

    Is there anything you'd like to add?
    I think the education I received at Southeast Community College was so beneficial in shaping me to be the person I am today. With the quality of instruction I received, I was able to hit the floor running when I graduated. I would encourage anyone wanting to go into laboratory medicine to consider the Medical Laboratory Technology program at SCC.