Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Indiana Wesleyan University 2016
Masters of Nursing in Education from McKendree University 2009
Bachelors of Nursing from McKendree University 2007
Associate Degree of Nursing from Kaskaskia College 2005
Awards & Recognitions
Sigma Theta Tau - Eta Chi Chapter, 2015
Student Practical Nurse Organization Sponsor
Sigma Theta Tau
Illinois Nurse Association
American Nurses Association
What are your goals as a teacher at Kaskaskia College? One of my goals as a teacher is to see my students after graduation become a successful nurse. Watching them, start the program with several questions to gaining so much knowledge in to then graduating a confident nurse is a wonderful feeling. It is always a personal goal to help them achieve the dream of becoming a nurse. I had several professors that helped me achieved my dream and now I get to pass that knowledge on to aid the future of nursing.
How do you inspire your students to learn? I always want my students to realize that I have been in the same place and I know what they are going through. I try to inspire them by telling them how I became a nurse, worked, had a family and still achieved my dream of a doctorate. Life is never easy but with hard work, you can and will achieve anything you dream of.
Up to this moment, what is your proudest teaching moment? My proudest teaching moment is one particular student that no one in her family had ever graduated from college. She have several obstacles that she overcame in the program. I can still remember that the only people that came to her pinning was her two children because she did not have anyone else. She bent down and told her children that if she can do it they can too. She was so proud of becoming a nurse and it still shows in her practice today. She inspires me to keep helping students to become the nurse they always dreamed of.