Meet City Schools
I am a registered nurse and I teach the nursing assistant program at Patterson High School. Go, Clippers!
I graduated from…New York City College of Technology with a degree in Nursing in 2000. (Has it really been 18 years? Wow!)
I’ve been with City Schools…for 7 months now. I literally left my job at Anne Arundel Medical Center in July and began working for City Schools in August. This new journey has been awesome, filled with so many new challenges. Every day I am learning something new, connecting with amazing people, and sharing my knowledge for a profession that I love so dearly.
If I could have a cup of tea with a former teacher…it would be my college Anatomy and Physiology professor. He had a love for all people, regardless of race, and he taught me the importance of learning through laughter, motivation, enjoyment and engagement -- something I’ve found to be very useful in my own class settings. He also managed to take difficult subjects and terminology and make them simple enough that an elementary student could understand. That's an amazing skill that is worth emulating.
My favorite book is…Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass. Not only was he a brilliant writer, newspaper editor, and eloquent speaker, he was also a slave who was physically abused and deprived of the basic necessities of life, and yet he endured very traumatic experiences that would cause most to give up all hope, even on life itself. In spite of all he endured, Mr. Douglass held on to his faith, taught himself to read, escaped from slavery, became an active civil rights leader, and published books.
One thing that many people may not know about me is…not only have I been a registered nurse for eighteen years, but during those years I have worked as a charge nurse in a hospital. I’ve also worked in home care, ambulatory care, school nursing, and agency nursing. I’ve also taught home health care certification classes, diabetes education classes for newly diagnosed diabetic patients, and conducted many workshops, health fairs, and seminars on health education. I’ve always loved teaching just as much as I love nursing.
When I was growing up, I wanted to be…a nurse, but I always said if I wasn’t a nurse my next choice would be a teacher. So, I feel like I am living the best of both worlds right now as a nursing instructor.
The best thing about my job…is having the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone else’s life. I also get to talk about a profession that I love so dearly while also imparting the wisdom I’ve gained from my life experiences that you can’t capture from a textbook. One of the truly amazing parts about my job is seeing the smiles on my students' faces when they understand a new topic or are happily engaged in a learning activity. Those smiles are priceless.
I believe that the best ways to help students reach their potential is to…remain genuine, honest, compassionate, and professional, yet kind and approachable; to let them know when they’ve made a mistake, and to discipline them with love; to teach them the value of learning, while also giving them opportunities to facilitate lessons; and to exemplify excellence, and demand nothing less from them as well. But most importantly, I let them know that I care.
My favorite fictional example of an ideal role model…would be Lady Sybil Crawley from Downton Abbey (one of my favorite television shows). She was the youngest of three daughters who was very passionate about life, and during the 1920’s she became a nurse despite her family’s disproval. She worked hard, but she loved even harder. Everyone she came in contact with was touched by her compassion and sweet loving personality.