AUSTIN, TX (March 7, 2018) – Teachers are often very humble award recipients, and Charlotte Swenson, an instructor at The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP), is no exception. As she was awarded the 2018 Master Teacher Award Friday from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) she was appreciative but gave all the credit to her students for motivating her to be successful.
Swenson is a Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist (LMRT) Program Director and teacher at CHCP's Austin Campus and received national recognition from the ABHES at the organization’s national conference in Las Vegas last Friday. The Master Teacher Award, presented by Elsevier, a leading international publisher of health science books and journals, recognizes best practices in teaching in the nursing and allied health disciplines. Representatives chose the winning entry from Elsevier and ABHES. Professor Swenson’s best practices were deemed the most outstanding of all the nominations submitted.
Employed with CHCP for more than 5 years, Swenson has impressed not only the students, but also the institution’s leadership, with her teaching style and student success rate. Employers across Central Texas actively hire Swenson’s graduates and these CHCP graduates continue to be promoted in their careers. So many of her graduates have changed the trajectory of their lives and their families by moving into professional allied health careers.
“To be successful, assisting students through licensure cannot wait until they graduate,” pointed out Sara Rambikur, CHCP Austin Campus President. “Charlotte makes it a point to get to know the students throughout their tenure as a student. She is in the classroom talking with them, supporting them, teaching them, and just getting to know what makes them tick. Forming this rapport with the students builds trust and allows her to create a bond that will carry on beyond graduation.”
Swenson has worked professionally in health care since 1976 and began teaching in 2012. She attributes her success to ‘doing what she loves’ and having a supportive team surrounding her that all work towards the same goal of ensuring students have the best learning experience possible – a difference that will be life-changing for the long term.
Her hard work and outstanding leadership has not only earned her the Master Teacher Award, and a prize of $500, but she has been selected as CHCP’s Employee of the Month multiple times. She was the recipient of the Innovation Award for embracing the institution’s core values. She has become a subject matter expert for other LMRT faculty and most recently selected, out of many applicants, to participate in the Leadership Institute offered as a development program through CHCP.
“Our faculty are the front line working with our students to not only help them move towards graduation, but to prepare them for the career of their life. So many of our students are from underserved communities where they are not always prepared for a college education,” said CHCP CEO, Eric Bing. “Charlotte is a wonderful example of passion for our students and has the dedication to formulate individualized learning strategies that help them achieve successful outcomes. We’re honored she has won this award and know she’ll use it to inspire others around her.”
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