Teaching Specialist/Athletic Trainer
- Phone Number:
- Office Location:
- Carse Hall
- Office Hours:
- MWF 10:30-11:30
Or by appointment
- BA, Loras College, 2007
MS, Western Illinois University, 2011
Certified Athletic Trainer, NATABOC
Licensed Athletic Trainer, State of Iowa
Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA
I am originally from Clarence Iowa. After graduation from North Cedar High School I attended Loras College in Dubuque Iowa and majored in Athletic Training. It was a happy accident that I came across the profession of Athletic Training. After starting AT courses I enjoyed them so much I stayed in the athletic training profession. After graduation from College, I decided to pursue my masters degree. I attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois and earned a degree in Kinesiology. I also got the opportunity to be hired as a teaching assistant in the kinesiology department. While I was a teaching assistant there, I taught clinical courses for the athletic training department and also a class for those pursuing their coaching minor. It was a very rewarding experience and I also learned alot about how to be an effective instructor in the classroom. Needless to say after my first semester I had a new found respect for instructors and professors. I graduated from WIU with a masters degree in Kinesiology. During my time at WIU, i also got the opportunity to work with the Sport Club Team on campus. It was interesting and educational to work with non-traditional teams such as Rugby, Lacrosse and Ultimate Frisbee.
I took a job at Fort Madison Community Hospital for the next 3 years following grad school working with a local high school. It was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience working with the high school athletes. The students always had something new and exciting to bring to the table each day. While I was there I also had the opportunity to teach colleges classes through Southeastern Community College on site at the high school. After working at the high school level for several years, I wanted to return to the college level. I took the job as Asst. Athletic Trainer at Simpson College starting in the fall of 2012. I work primarily with the Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Basketball and Outdoor Men’s & Women’s Track and Field Teams. I also teach several courses within the Sport Science and Health Education Department.