By Kimberly Cantrell | Content Development Specialist on April 13, 2020 at 1:16 PM
Each month, we spotlight the work of a teacher who is helping students achieve success by using innovative and outstanding methods. We are excited to recognize Edith Daulton as the April iCEV Teacher of the Month.
Daulton brings years of industry knowledge and experience to her students. Before entering the education field, Daulton worked as a nurse for 15 years. During her time in the healthcare industry, Daulton worked in several specialties, including the medical surgical, cardiac care and cardiac surgery step-down units. Daulton decided to transition careers and enter the education field due to the desire to have a positive effect on the future of the medical industry. Today, Daulton teaches health and medical sciences at the Buckingham County Career & Technical Education Center in Buckingham, VA.
In her position at Buckingham, Daulton teaches several classes and facilitates professional training programs. The nursing aide program is a two-year commitment and prepares students to work in the nursing field. In the second year of the program, students are dual-enrolled, and by the end, students will have earned 11 college credits. Along with earning college credit, students are eligible to take the Virginia Board of Nursing Nurse Aide Licensure exam after completing the nursing aide program.
Daulton is currently developing a year and a half pharmacy technician program. In this new program, students will be able to take the National Pharmacy Board Certifying Technician exam, which then allows them to apply for licensure in the state of Virginia, after completing the required coursework.
In her classes, Daulton relies on a balance of in-class lectures combined with hands-on applications in the skills lab to help students master both theory and practice. Because the medical industry is largely hands-on, Daulton believes students must have both experience performing skills and an understanding of technical concepts to be successful in the field. Daulton introduces theories and concepts during class meetings using resources from iCEV. Once she feels students have enough background knowledge, Daulton will demonstrate the skill for her students before allowing the students to practice the skills on each other or practice manakins in the skills lab.
To help her students in the nursing aide program gain industry experience, Daulton has a partnership with a nursing home in a Dillwyn, VA. The senior nursing aide students spend one day a week at the nursing home where they get to test their knowledge and practice their skills in a real-world setting.
“The students are a little wide-eyed when they first go into the nursing home because it puts the classroom theory and the skills lab demonstrations into practice, but they come to class the next day so excited to tell me everything they got to do,” said Daulton. “Those are big wow moments for them.”
Daulton says the iCEV curriculum has helped her students be more successful in the classroom. Thanks to the variety of resources included in iCEV lessons, Daulton’s students can work at their own pace and in a familiar medium that matches their preferred learning style. Daulton’s students are developing a better understanding of foundational principles and concepts through the iCEV resources, resulting in a rise in grades across the board.
“It just really blew me away to look at last year’s overall grades as compared to this year’s grades,” said Daulton. “The curve really evened out in the class, and the overall class grades soared from what they were last year.”
With the knowledge base gained from iCEV resources and the technical abilities honed in the skills lab and real-world experiences, Daulton is confident her students will be prepared to pursue careers in the medical field. By combining her wealth of industry knowledge with her expert teaching methods, Daulton is developing a pipeline of well-trained medical professionals and thereby fulfilling her goal to have a positive impact on the future of the medical industry.
At iCEV, we want to recognize teachers like Edith Daulton who work tirelessly to set their students up for educational and career success. If you know a teacher who deserves to be recognized, nominate them for iCEV Teacher of the Month by contacting Kimberly Cantrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (806) 745-8820.