After being hired as a health science classroom teacher, the first question that we all face is: “What is HOSA?”
Quickly you discover there is a lot to learn not only about teaching the subject areas but also about sponsoring a HOSA chapter and its value to the students.
It takes time and patience to develop the balance and wisdom needed to proficiently sponsor a HOSA chapter. The good news is, you don’t need to know it ALL to be a good HOSA advisor. If you focus on what really matters – the students – you will be a very successful HOSA Advisor.
Have a great membership year and let us know how we can be helpful!
Lorie has been involved with HOSA as an advisor for the past 12 years, while serving as a Health Science teacher at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC. As a HOSA advisor, Lorie’s lead by example philosophy and commitment to developing each student to be the best he/she can be. Her approach can be best described by a quote from John Quincy Adams “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Since Lorie has been at SVHs as a Health Science teacher and Local HOSA Advisor. Spring Valley HOSA has become the largest student organization on campus and has been recognized for making a difference in their school and community. Many students belonging to Spring Valley High School (SVHS) HOSA have served as SC HOSA state officers, have been selected as state and national scholarship recipients, as well as received state and national competitive events awards and recognition. Lorie has instilled a sense of community service in her students as evidenced by their volunteerism for raising funds for the HOSA National Service Projects.
SC HOSA appreciates Lorie’s dedication and participation at the leadership level, not only for her student’s at SVHS but also for the SC HOSA board and state leadership conferences. Lorie currently serves as a SC HOSA Board representative and has been the Competitive Events Category Chair for testing for the past three years. Lorie has received other recognitions and awards such as SC Health Science Educators Outstanding New Teacher, SC ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher and SC HSE Outstanding Health Science Teacher in Community service. It’s evident that Lorie’s background as a Medical Technologist has provided her with the tools, the discipline and the professionalism to excel as a teacher and advisor.
According to Lorie, the reward for being a HOSA advisor comes not from recognition or awards, but rather from the joy that she experiences when her students put forth their very best effort into developing their full potential, as well as, seeing those efforts result in the accomplishment of their goals.
Congratulations Lorie for serving as this past year’s Outstanding HOSA Advisor!