Interviews and discussions with teachers and students who use the Anatomy in Clay® Learning System, the hands-on approach to learning human anatomy.
Nathan Fleming: Outstanding Project Lead the Way Teacher
Missouri teacher Nathan Fleming started teaching high school science in 2000. Teaching for the first ten years at two small rural schools, Fleming learned the value of strong student relationships and he gained experience teaching nearly every subject. In 2010, Fleming transferred to a larger area high school, West Plains High School, and helped start their Project Lead the Way biomedical program in 2016. Two years later he partnered with the local hospital to start the annual white coat ceremony in which students receive customized lab coats while being praised in front of friends and family. Thanks to continual presentations by Fleming and his students West Plains High School enjoys full and even competitive rosters for all biomedical PLTW classes. Thanks to agreements with a state university, 114 students have earned college credit eligibility in the past four years. Using his professional photography background, Fleming started a Twitter feed to further promote his classes and this helped his classroom be chosen for the nation’s first live PLTW biomedical showcase in 2021. Recently Fleming has focused on creating fiercely independent student run classroom environments in which students learn and acquire the soft skills that will help them succeed in a wide variety of careers. Nathan was recently named one of 13 Project Lead the Way teachers in biomedical sciences for the 2022-2023 school year.
Cat Butler Bodywork
Cat Butler is a certified massage therapist based in San Francisco. She works in various modalities including trigger point therapy, structural integration, deep tissue, and myofascial release. Cat is an eighth generation Northern Californian, raised on her family’s 175 year old cattle ranch in Napa Valley. Cat Butler is also an artist and her work combines the techniques of the old masters and the sharp contrasts of contemporary bright and bold pop art colors. Inspired by nature, philosophy, mathematics, geometry, and astronomy, she weaves us through our social constructs, our potential futures, and into the depths of our very own beings. Intro and Outro music "Vicious Pen" courtesy of Moby Gratis https://mobygratis.com/
Angela Black - University of Maryland's Department of Animal and Avian Sciences
Dr. Angela Black is the clinical veterinarian at the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland in College Park. Dr. Black coordinates the animal care program and provides veterinary care for animals housed in the Animal Sciences Building as well as at the Campus Farm. She also teaches undergraduate classes and is a co-advisor of the pre-veterinary club. Dr. Black completed her veterinary training at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She then completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the College Of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. While teaching and supervising fourth year vet students at WSU, she developed an interest in teaching at the college level and went on to earn a PhD in Animal Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Black was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health for five years before joining the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland in 2005. Dr. Black and her family live on a small hobby farm in Southern Maryland where they care for a small flock of Katahdin sheep, laying hens, and a couple of herding dogs to keep it all in order. Intro and Outro music "Vicious Pen" courtesy of Moby Gratis https://mobygratis.com/ ++
Kristin Griffith: Hands-On Learning at Colton High School
Kristin Griffith is currently the Lead Teacher for the Heal Pathway at Colton High School in Colton California. This pathway aims to prepare students for a career in the medical field. She also serves as subject lead for the Biology department. Kristin has a master's degree in General Biology from Point Loma Nazarene University and has been a classroom teacher for 12 years now. She has taught a wide range of subjects and grades spanning from middle school to community college. Kristin is currently teaching Biology and Anatomy & Physiology. She aims to be a facilitator of learning, guiding her students to be creative about the world around them and build scientific understanding for themselves. More about Colton High School: Intro and Outro music "Vicious Pen" courtesy of Moby Gratis
Nancy Allen and Cindy le Coq: Perspectives from the National Consortium for Health Science Education
Nancy Allen currently serves as the Executive Director off the National Consortium for Health Science Education. Her healthcare background is in nursing, but she also has experience as a classroom teacher, as South Carolina’s Health Science State Leader and HOSA - Health Occupations Students of America - Sate Advisor. She has also served as the HOSA-Future Health Professionals Associate Director. Joining Nancy Allen on the podcast is Cindy Le Coq, who has been working with the National Consortium for Health Science Education since 2007 — on the executive council, as chair, past chair, and currently as certificate manager. Cindy previously worked as the Interim Career Technical Education director for the Colorado Community College System and has years of experience in radiology, including as Director of the Radiology Technology Program at the Community College of Denver. More about the consortium: https://healthscienceconsortium.org/ Intro and Outro music "Vicious Pen" courtesy of Moby Gratis https://mobygratis.com/
Stacie & Kennedy Elwood: Like Mother, Like Daughter When It Comes to Hands-On Learning
Stacie Elwood has been a sports medicine and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science teacher at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, South Carolina for the past 14 years. She brings her experience as a certified athletic trainer and love of medicine to the classroom. She strives to provide her students with opportunities that will connect classroom content to the real world. Her goal is to create confidence and a strong knowledge base that will equip students in becoming future health professionals and/or medical care representatives for their family. On the podcast, we chat with Stacie and also one of her students--specifically, her daughter Kennedy. Intro and Outro music "Vicious Pen" courtesy of Moby Gratis https://mobygratis.com/