B.S. in Medical Technology, Ferris State College; M.H.S. in Health Science, Grand Valley State University
What do you like most about teaching at Grand Valley?
Interacting and being around young people. It helps keep me young as well. Teaching in the sciences is really challenging and I enjoy learning new things everyday right along with my students.
What is your favorite class to teach?
I like mycology. It's an important subject in microbiology that sometimes gets left out of the curriculum at other colleges. The incidence of fungal infections in our aging population is increasing while at the same time the number of professionals qualified to identify the responsible organisms is decreasing. It is imperative that our students be knowledgeable in mycology in order to provide the quality health care that will be required.
What do students like best about your class?
Students in my class are characteristically problem solvers so they like the lab work best because it is so hands on. They call themselves the health care detectives. I also bring a lot of personal experience to the class from my 16 years of clinical work.
How do you contribute to the success of your students?
I expect great things from students who take my classes. This challenges them to do the best they can not only academically, but also as members of society. It works because by my teaching and examples it is clear that I have set high standards for myself as well.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Develop an attitude that encompasses lifelong learning and curiosity. Seeking the knowledge is what makes life interesting and exciting.
What is the most rewarding aspect about teaching at Grand Valley?
It's validating when students stop by my office after their clinical rotations or even once they've gotten a full time position and tell me that what they learned here is applicable.
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