I wish I could say that I always wanted to be a nurse. I was pregnant with twins when I was laid off from my job as a mortgage underwriter in the first housing crisis in 2003. Unable to find work, I went back to school. I had talked extensively to a nurse educator at the bedside when I was inpatient awaiting the birth. I knew that I loved to teach and was fascinated by her job. I started my nursing prerequisite courses when my twins were 6 months old. I completed my LPN certificate when they were 16 months old; my associate’s degree (ADN) when they were 3.
Once I started practicing in the Birth Center of a tertiary care center, I was hooked. I started precepting new hire RNs when I had been in my position just over a year. I completed my Bachelors (BSN) just 5 years after I had been originally laid off. In 2010, I started teaching clinically in the ADN program that I had completed. I completed my Masters (MSN) in nursing education in 2012 and accepted a position as the educator in the Birth Center. I discovered that not only was nursing a passion, but nursing education – all facets of it, is what drives me. I started working on my Doctorate (DNP) in May 2015 - the same month I accepted a position as an assistant professor of nursing here at VTC. I teach exclusively in the online BSN program. I graduated from my Duquesne University with my DNP in May 2017.
When not working, I am home with my awesome husband, teenage twins, tween son, 75lb labradoodle, 20lb beagle, 12lb kitty, 10lb bunny and a small leopard gecko. I love to knit and read spy novels. I am also a sports mom – girls play softball, soccer, field hockey, and indoor softball – year round running! My little guy is a great wrestler – all 85lbs of him!
Dr. Thomas Hecimovich has been teaching at Vermont Tech since August of 2017. He has been practicing Veterinary Medicine since 1989 and has resided in Vermont since 1991.
Dr. Higgins is a professor and Department Chair at Vermont Technical College. His is Director of the GE-Aviation Apprentice Programs, the GW Plastics Manufacturing Technology Leadership Program, and the GS Precision Advanced Machinist Program. In the 1990’s, working with IBM personnel and other faculty, Professor Higgins and his team created the Maintenance Built-In (MBI) and Excellence Built-In (EBI) Education Programs for Fab Operators, graduating over three hundred Engineer Technicians in what was a pioneering program in incumbent worker education in the semiconductor industry.
I am an assistant nursing professor with Vermont Tech at the Williston campus, working with practical nursing students and laying the foundation of their nursing education through our ADN and online BSN program. I have worked for Vermont Tech since 2008, first as a clinical instructor for the ADN’s in Williston, and then continued on to full-time faculty in the practical nursing program. My nursing specialties include nursing education, medical/surgical nursing, hematology and oncology nursing, leadership, and simulation. I am oncology certified, as well as a medical/surgical board certified nurse. I received my MSN in Nursing Education in 2010 and my Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2014. I am a member of the Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders and was selected to participate in their Leadership Fellowship program bringing nurses to the forefront of healthcare. I am also a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Northern Vermont Oncology Nursing Society, and the National League for Nursing. I am also an in-patient hematology/oncology nurse at Fletcher Allen Healthcare. I am the creator and coordinator for the Vermont Walk for Williams Syndrome. I am Vermont Tech Alumni, and have worked through all levels of nursing from Licensed Practical Nurse to Doctor of Nursing Practice. My passion is nursing education and integrating new technologies to meet the demands of today’s practice. I see nursing as a profession with endless possibilities and always strive to instill this in my students. I enjoy teaching the practical nursing students as this is the beginning of their nursing careers. I also believe in loving what you do as a nurse and helping my students find the love of nursing in themselves. I keep busy with three young boys and enjoy running whenever I can get outside: rain, snow, or sun.
I joined the Vermont Tech faculty in 2002 and immediately found it to be an exciting and rewarding place to teach. I currently teach courses in materials, statics, and energy systems. In 2011, I spent a semester in Ireland at University College Cork studying wind power and energy modeling. Prior to joining Vermont Tech I taught at the University of Maryland and studied at the University of Washington where I had the chance to spend a summer at NEC in Japan working on optoelectronics technology. Outside of work I enjoy sailing, skiing, and spending time with my family.
I am an assistant nursing professor with Vermont Technical College at the Williston campus, working in the practical nursing program as well as the associate nursing program. I have worked at Vermont Tech since 2015, starting out as a clinical associate prior to becoming full-time faculty. I am also a Vermont Technical College alumni having graduated with my ADN from the nursing program in 2012. My nursing specialty is in orthopedics although I enjoy working in a variety of settings. I am orthopedic certified as well as Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified. I received my MSN in nursing education from Norwich in 2017, and I am currently in the midst of my DNP through Chamberlain University with an anticipated graduation of November 2019. I am a member of the ANA, NLN, ONCB. I work in the inpatient acute care setting on Baird 3 at University of Vermont Medical Center Hospital. This unit specializes in orthopedics and urology. I have a passion for nursing education and love to help students become amazing nurses. In my free time, I love to run, hike, snowshoe and mountain bike. I also love to travel and spend time with my family.
John Knox has been teaching mathematics at Vermont Technical College for 43 years. John received his B.A. in education from Norwich University in 1963 and his Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Vermont in 1969. Upon graduation from Norwich University, John was commissioned a 2/Lt in the United States Army and served on active duty at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and in Vietnam.
During John’s teaching career he was promoted to full Professor, served as Division Director, and has been the Mathematics Department Chairperson since 1983. He was the first recipient of the Harry Wirtz Master Teacher Award. John was a pioneer in teaching mathematics over Vermont Interactive Television, and he produced three video mathematics courses.
John’s non-academic interests include playing professional baseball in Canada, umpiring baseball in Central Vermont for 25 years, and cheering for the Boston Red Sox. He is also a successful photographer of Vermont landscapes, and his pictures have been published in many magazines and calendars.
I currently hold the title of Assistant Professor of Nursing here at Vermont Tech. I began working here in 2015 after receiving my Masters in Nursing Education from New York University. I teach in both the practical nursing (PN) and associate degree (ADN) programs at the Middlebury campus. I have experience working in critical and cardiac care units, however my true love is community health. My years as a visiting nurse in Vermont taught me about the true spirit and art of nursing, and I try to bring the community perspective into the classes I teach. I enjoy teaching as much as nursing, especially the satisfaction of seeing students gain knowledge and achieve their goals. I have also been enriched by the things I learn from students, both personally and professionally. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, working in my garden, sewing, and walking through our beautiful Vermont countryside.
Kyrstina is a clinical associate of nursing at the Williston campus and teaches classes in the Practical Nursing (PN) clinical program. She holds a degree in nursing and creative writing from Colby Sawyer College and a MSN in nursing informatics from Walden University.
Kyrstina has experience in both bedside and leadership nursing positions including developing the state of Vermont’s health infrastructure. She has also published, Intensive Care, an anthology of nursing-related poems and prose. She was named a Nursing Leader Fellow in 2013 and was recognized by the American Dental Association.
In her spare time, she enjoys writing and spending time with her family in northern Vermont.
Ross is an Assistant Professor in the Science Department, teaching physics (PHYS 1041 and PHYS 1042) and environmental biology (BIO 1020), and is a faculty advisor for the Outdoor Recreation Club. He received a B.A. in environmental studies and chemistry from Middlebury College, a M.S. in mathematics from The University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. Currently, he also does research with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) located in Hanover, NH. Take a look at his work here.
Ross researches the microstructure of snow, ice, and other geologic samples from pole to pole. One recent project looked at saltwater channels in sea ice in around Barrow, Alaska, and the Ross Sea in Antarctic to examine how salt moves through sea ice from the ocean to the atmosphere. As part of the project, he developed a device which allowed him to drive 20 ice cores from Alaska to New England for analysis all while maintaining the natural sea ice temperature gradient. He recruits students to join him in his research projects with opportunities to work at a governmental lab, publish scientific papers, and present work at national and international conferences.
He loves to call Vermont his home and just recently moved to Middlesex with great access to the woods of VT. In his free time, Ross enjoys adventuring outside with his wife and two dogs whether it be skiing, hiking, biking, paddling, or adventure racing (sometimes with Vermont Tech students). If you are interested in getting involved with polar research, looking for tips on outdoor adventures, or want advice about class or life as a scientist, don’t hesitate to reach out (email is best).