I am a physical therapist, and have worked at a few different places in my career. Mostly focusing on geriatrics (working with elderly people). I love my profession, and am passionate about it.
Because of this passion, I think, I have ended up in my most recent step in my career. 5 1/2 years ago I took the opportunity to develop a physical therapist assistant program at our local technical college. I have long said that I wanted to teach in physical therapy, but knew that I wouldn't leave my hometown to do that. Then, the opportunity came right to me, so I had to try it.
So I went through the process of developing the program (which I wouldn't recommend to anyone in case you were wondering...), and now have been the program director and one of the two instructors in the program for over 5 years now.
I LOVE teaching. I LOVE sharing the profession that I am passionate about. I LOVE that I (mostly) get the summers off!!
So, what I do...
I create healthcare professionals. Physical therapist assistants to be specific, and this past week I got to celebrate the sending out of a new class. Students that I have spent the past 2 years with. Times that they were excited and eager to learn; times that they were frustrated and worn out. Times that they "got it"and times that they didn't, and I am so proud to say today that I had a hand in bringing them to this point. I was teaching students spanning a 4-decade span. This had many challenges, but many joys. What a privilege.
They still have a couple steps along the way, but they will all go far.
What I do...
(Sorry, this is only some of the 14 students who graduated this past week, and sorry the quality of the picture is so poor! It was nighttime, and I was using my 6-year-old's camera because my camera is being crabby right now.)