Deb Bergmann will join Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in September 2015 as the new Allied Health Instructor. She has been working for EASTERN in the Practical Nursing Department for adult students for eight years. As a Practical Nursing Instructor, she gave a female safety presentation to the high school Allied Health class, which was under the direction of Linda Kalita. In June 2015, the Allied Health Instructor position opened up upon Kalita’s retirement, and Bergmann thought that it would be a great opportunity for her. She brings a great deal of healthcare experience to EASTERN, including over 24 years in the field. She has worked as a supervisor and teacher of the LPN
Bergmann became interested in the medical field at a young age. Her mother worked as an administrator in a hospital and would take her to work. Bergmann said, “One day I just came home from school, and my mom asked me what I wanted to do, and I finally committed to the idea of being a nurse. From then on, I have never regretted my decision. I firmly believe this is what I am meant to do.” Her interest in teaching stemmed from
EASTERN’s former Practical Nursing Instructor, Cindy Kaleck. Bergmann said, “She took me under her wing, brought me into the teaching world, and insisted that I had a talent
for teaching. She was my mentor and I attribute a lot of my success to her.”
As EASTERN’s new Allied Health Instructor, Bergmann said, “I plan on following the established curriculum, but I will add my own experiences to enhance instruction. I will incorporate things I have learned in the healthcare industry.”
In the future, Bergmann plans to mentor students to be successful and help students figure out what they want to do. She hopes to influence students the way her mentor influenced her.
Allied Health at EASTERN is designed for high school seniors who plan to continue their education in college or prepare for a career in the health field. Students will get extensive clinical experiences partnering with health professionals at Abington Memorial Hospital, and earn three college credits from Montgomery County Community College.