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KCC Faculty on Teaching

KCC Faculty on Teaching

Q&A with Christina McVey Physical Therapist Assistant Program

How did you get into teaching?
I am a physical therapist and am currently part of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) program. Earlier in my career, I was the director of rehabilitation and was in charge of the student clinical program in a hospital in Queens. I heard about a new PTA program beginning at Kingsborough and thought it would be interesting to coordinate the student program from the college side. Now, I coordinate the clinical program at the college as well as teach PTA courses. 

What career did you imagine for yourself when you were in college?
In college, I imagined myself as a physical therapist, working with children. To be honest, the thought of standing up in front of a class and teaching was the furthest thing from my mind.  And look at me now, I have done both!

What do you love about teaching?
I love the student interaction in my PTA lab and teaching different exercises and hands-on skills like walking with a cane, walkers and crutches. 

What’s your favorite teaching experience?One of my favorite teaching experiences is observing students while they work with patients in a variety of clinical settings. Seeing students utilizing their skills and interacting with patients is very rewarding. I am also often fortunate to see our alumni (now employees) at the facilities using the skills they learned in our program.

In what ways do you bring your professional experience into the classroom?
While teaching in lectures and labs, I often tell stories about previous patient treatments and use scenarios from my professional experiences. Many times, I find that students better comprehend difficult concepts by using real situations. 

What advice do you have for current students?
I have three pieces of advice for all students. First, find a career you can really picture yourself doing, something you are passionate about.  Doing something you enjoy is so important. Second, don’t let anyone discourage you. If you really want something, work hard and persevere. Third, never say never: Be open to new possibilities, even if it is outside your comfort zone. I would not be here at Kingsborough today without this advice.