"One of our things is, painless techniques for painful procedures. It's one of our models."
Mickey Obermire is just what the doctor ordered. She leads a Medical Assistants class in Clovis and does it to honor her late father. He was a doctor and inspired mickey to go into the field.
"I have his passion for education passed on to me. And now, I am helping the people that he trained."
"Perfect! Perfect! Alright....Good job!"
Ms. Obermire's students get treated just like patients. They perform injections on each other and follow the mantra "commit to the stick!" it's part of this teacher's gentle touch, in the classroom.
"You don't always have a teacher who really leaves a lasting impression, but from the beginning, she just constantly goes that extra mile. She always expects the best and she knows that if you're not performing your best, she doesn't belittle you or put you down. But she encourages you to keep trying."
Ms. Obermire likes to say, again and again, "I'm a strong, confident woman!" she says it to her students, to get them to have no fear. Because dealing with patients can be both squeamish and scary.
"I coach them through it compassionately. But I really do make them take on that persona, that I am a strong, confident woman, which means I have learned, I am confident in my skills and I can take this to the next level."
So, congratulations to this strong, confident teacher. Mickey Obermire, our Educator of the Week.
Ms. Obermire also keeps busy when she's not teaching. She volunteers at Saint Agnes Medical Center, talking to patients in the ER and praying with families.