My philosophy has only become stronger and stronger over the years, because of the data provided from the student evaluation forms and my interactions with the students. The following areas highlight what I deem to be the most important in my philosophy and instructional method.
As an instructor at College of the Sequoias in the Physical Education, Health and Wellness , Athletics, and Sports Medicine Departments, I feel there are several areas which are of great importance to my educational philosophy and teaching style. They are: (1) role of the instructor; (2) view of the student and interaction with each student; (3) goals and objectives of education.
The role of the instructor is the most important part of education. Through the instructor, the student obtains knowledge and skill. Students can also learn by “doing” especially if they are in an environment that promotes learning which is established by the instructor. The instructor must motivate the student to learn. An instructor should be a person with knowledge, skill and experience which should be shared with students as well as respected and valued. At the same time, the instructor should be in touch with the students on a personal basis in order to recognize individual learning abilities and objectives which act as motivating forces.
The student should be a person who is interested in the subject matter and driven to learn from the instructor. The student should receive both a lecture and lab experience. By this method, the student receives knowledge and is able to apply it in a practical manner. By this application of knowledge, the student has an opportunity to learn and apply new concepts and be encouraged to expand that knowledge base. With this search for new knowledge, the students are more likely to return to the classroom.
The objectives of education are to provide opportunity for all students to develop their personal skills and knowledge as well as encourage an expansion of personal interests. In order to do this, there must be a strong academic background. Education should be thought of as an enjoyable experience that will help one grow mentally, socially and physically. Through this process, students will have a good educational foundation for future use in the thinking process and problem solving stages of their lives
AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY, AZUSA, CALIFORNIA
Master of Education Degree (May 1985) – Emphasis in Sports Medicine and Curriculum Development
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FRESNO, FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
Teaching credential (May 1980) – Physical Education
Bachelor of Arts Degree (May 1979) – Physical Education Emphasis in Athletic Training
SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
Associate of Arts Degree (May 1977) – General Education
COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS, VISALIA, CALIFORNIA
July 1986 to Present - SPORTS MEDICINE INSTRUCTOR
Director of Sports Medicine and an instructor in the Physical Education, Health and Wellness , Athletics, and Sports Medicine Departments. Duties would include lecture(s) and laboratory(s) within each discipline. The responsibilities as the head athletic trainer would include the six performance domains of an athletic trainer: prevention of athletic injuries, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate care, treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning, organization and administration and professional responsibility. Additional duties would include participation in the governance of the college via committees, assignments, and maintenance of curriculum for the Sports Medicine Program.
SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
April 1981 to June 1986
The responsibilities as the head athletic trainer would include the six performance domains of an athletic trainer: prevention of athletic injuries, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate care, treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning, organization and administration and professional responsibility. Additional duties would include participation in the governance of the college via committees, assignments, and maintenance
of curriculum for the Sports Medicine Program.
LOS ANGELES OLYMPIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, LOS ANGELES,
July 1983 to August 1984
Train, assign, direct, supervise and evaluate staff employed as athletic trainers and physical therapists. Educate and train volunteer personnel in various aspects of physical therapy to assist certified staff. Educate all assigned staff on international Olympic procedures, guidelines and regulations impacting physical therapy and athletic training duties and
responsibilities. Supervise planning, scheduling, assignments and qualification requirements of multiple sports venues to insure adequate and safe coverage for athlete competition and training as well as physical therapy services to athletes. Prepare and maintain variety of administrative reports
on services, employee and volunteer evaluations and workload productivity. Plan, supervise and direct equipment and supply acquisition and maintenance to insure daily functions.
Anticipated and unanticipated requirements can be accommodated. Plan, direct and supervise scheduling of services provided to athletes for therapeutic and training services. Maintain liaison between medical and athletic trainer officials to insure coordination of services and activities.
OXNARD COLLEGE, OXNARD CALIFORNIA
June 1980 to March 1981
The responsibilities for a certified athletic trainer were the same as Santa Barbara City College.
Additional Community and Campus Service
Present – 1982 American Red Cross
Instructor – CPR, First Aid, Professional Rescue
Present – 1987 Committees at College of the Sequoias
Health Services Advisory
1988 California Community College Chancellor Approved Curriculum
Sports Medicine Program – First in the State
Present – 1993 California Community College Athletic Trainers Association
1993 - Founding Member
1993 - Central Valley Conference Representative
1994 – Present Treasurer