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After working as an EMT for 3 years, Laura Stubblefield is applying what she learned about medicine to teaching medical terminology on campus.

Laura Stubblefield

October 31, 2018

An EMT for three years, Laura Stubblefield is the school’s new Medical Terminology teacher. Stubblefield attended Baylor University and joins the Redhawk staff after 11 years of teaching elsewhere. Wingspan sat down with her to find out more about her and her medical background.

Wingspan: What made you come to Liberty to teach what you teach?

Stubblefield: “I have several coworkers that have moved into Frisco ISD, and they were very complementary, and this position became available.”

Wingspan: You teach Medical Terminology, is that because you have ever pursued a career in the medical field?

Stubblefield: “Yes, before I started teaching I was at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and that’s when I met my husband and we decided to have our two sons, and I wanted stay home in the evenings and on the weekends to participate with my children. So, I made the change.”

Wingspan: What is an EMT?

Stubblefield: “It’s an Emergency Medical Technician, it’s a certification you have to receive. I did it at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, the original Scott and White, and I worked in the ER as an EMT.”

Wingspan: How long were you an EMT?

Stubblefield: “I did that for about three years.”

Wingspan: How intense was being an EMT?

Stubblefield: “Depends on the emergency, it’s an Emergency Medical Technician so it depends on the emergency. I worked in the ER and very intense things come into an ER so it’s life and death. That’s what made it so intense.”

Wingspan: Where did you work as an EMT and how did it affect your working environment? Didn’t you say you worked at the original Scott and White?

Stubblefield: “Yes, the original Scott and White in Temple Texas before there was a Scott and White on every corner, and I loved it! I loved it, it was the original hospital, and so everything came to Scott and White. Every emergency came to Scott and White.”

Wingspan: What do you enjoy about the medical field?

Stubblefield: “I like that you’re helping people lead a better life, you know, solve a problem and lead a better life.”

Wingspan: What do you enjoy about teaching high school students?

Stubblefield: “Well I think the subject matter for this course lends itself to a more mature student, so highschool level are the great years to teach the subject matter.”

Wingspan: What do you like about teaching medical terminology specifically?

Stubblefield: “Its all makes sense and it explains everything about the human body, and what you’re gonna learn in anatomy, what you’re going to do in Health Science and it lays a great foundation in your future.”

Wingspan: What is a career that you would have pursued if you hadn’t have been a teacher or an EMT?

Stubblefield: “I was in medical school so I was going to be a doctor and I was gonna go to one of the communities that was an outlying community that didn’t have a general practice doctor and serve as their physician in the town.”

Wingspan: What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to your students looking to pursue a career in the medical field no matter what the career is?

Stubblefield: “Do something hands on, when I did the EMT certification, it was at the medical director at Scott and White. So why don’t you do that and see how it goes and see if you like it, and if you do then pursue it. So, I did it over the summer and he’s [Dr.Author C. Scott] like ‘Well we want you to work in the ER, so hands on work.”

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