Ms. Heather Abner, Health Science Teacher and registered nurse at the Clark County Area Technology Center, was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Teaching! This award is for the Central District for Fall 2020, and it was given by the Office of Career and Technical Education in Frankfort.
Ms. Abner has been a nurse for 20 years and in nursing education for the past 11 years.
During Ms. Abner’s tenure at the Clark County ATC she has grown the Health Science Department from offering a Nurse Aide program to offering pathways in EMT, Phlebotomy Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapy Aide, and Allied Health. These programs allow GRC seniors to graduate with certification in these fields. Many of Ms. Abner’s students use these certifications as a way to pay tuition for higher education.
Currently, Ms. Abner has students that are practicing nurses, medical assistants, surgical technicians, and dental assistants, and some are attending medical school.
Ms. Abner says the success of the Health Science program at the Clark County ATC is in large part due to the other staff members that work with her.
Congratulations on this outstanding honor, Ms. Abner!