Get to know a little more about one of your Salter College instructors
Earlier this month it was Teacher Appreciation week, and throughout May we’re focusing on instructors who’ve gained the recognition as “Faculty of the Month” in 2017. This week we profile Carol Claflin, who was the January honoree. In fact, she has twice been named “Faculty of the Year” by Premier Education Group, which oversees Salter College as well as 7 other career schools—once during her first year at Salter College (nearly a decade ago) and then again a few years back.
Ms. Claflin teaches in the Medical Assisting program, and has taught classes including “Medical Terminology,” “Medical Office Procedures,” “EMR,” and “Nutrition.” She has a dual bachelor’s degree in exercise science and psychology from Springfield College, and a master’s degree in integrative health and healing from The Graduate Institute in Connecticut. Ms. Claflin grew up in Newton, MA, and moved to the Leominster area after she was married.
Iman Yassin, who is in her first module of the Medical Assisting program, has Ms. Claflin for “Medical Terminology,” and says, “She’s amazing—I love her!” Iman adds, “She’s a very helpful teacher, who’s good at breaking things down. She also won’t move too fast—if one person doesn't understand an idea, she’ll pause and make sure that person is on track before moving on. She’s also great at helping us to prepare for quizzes and exams.” Having recently moved to the area from Cambridge, MA, with a one-year-old, Iman is grateful for teachers like Ms. Claflin “who are willing to go out of their way to help you to learn,” so Iman can stay focused on her career and get onto the job market as soon as possible.
We asked her a few questions, to help her students get to know her a bit better.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A gym/phys. ed teacher. I always wanted to be in the physical aspect of everything.
What was the last movie you went to?
Finding Dori, with my 20-year-old daughter.
What is your favorite restaurant?
It used to be Cottonwood in Boston, before it closed. Now I’d say Chopstix in Leominster.
What is your perfect Sunday?
Floating on the water at the beach.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Bora Bora. I’m a tropical person!
What is one thing on your bucket list?
I’d like to swim with the dolphins! (Definitely not jump out of a plane.)
What’s your secret talent that nobody knows about?
In my own private world, I play the piano. But just for myself. I love music.
What do you like about teaching at Salter College?
I like working with students who would not have been in a traditional college environment. It’s rewarding to help them navigate the challenges they face. It’s also fun to use nontraditional methods to help students learn concepts, like games and relational learning, so they can connect what they’re studying to their career or to an experience they may have had.
The next time you see Ms. Claflin on campus, let her know you appreciate what she does for her students and the college!
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