2021-2022 Health Science Educators Association (HSEA) Officer Team Elected During the National Health Science Conference Season

The Health Science Educators Association (HSEA) is the fastest growing educational organization for health science teachers giving members opportunities to build their professional learning network and benefit from professional development, classroom resources, and product discounts.

Through an electronic voting progress in late October, Karen Edwards (SC) was elected as the new Health Science Educators Association (HSEA) President-Elect. Karen is currently in her 9th year as a health science teacher and HOSA-Future Health Professionals local chapter advisor. At her magnet school, Spring Hill High School in Chapin, South Carolina, Karen teaches all levels of health science along with medical terminology. She has also been involved as an instructor with the National Youth Leadership Forum Medicine Summer Camp and in leadership roles in the SC Health Science Educators Division. Karen’s background is athletic training. Her enthusiasm for teaching students and supporting follow teachers is obvious to all who know her.

Toni McLemore (OK) has completed her yearlong term as the 2020-21 HSEA President-Elect. A health science teacher and HOSA advisor at a comprehensive high school, Durant High School in Durant, Oklahoma, Toni will now move into her new role as HSEA President. Entering her 12th year in the health science classroom, she also serves as the school nurse manager. Toni teaches Health Science II, III, and IV. She is a registered nurse with a background in labor and delivery, nursery and post-partum. Toni’s leadership skills and willingness to share her best practices and expertise with teachers will serve this organization well.

Amanda Bolin (SC), a health science teacher and HOSA advisor at the South Carolina Cyber Academy will continue in her role as HSEA secretary. Amanda is beginning her 6th year in education, having gained experience in comprehensive high schools and now in a virtual school setting. Amanda teaches Health Science 2 and 3. Her background is emergency room nursing. Amanda’s talents as a newsletter editor for both the National Consortium for Health Science Education and HSEA make her an exceptional choice for secretary.

Immediate Past-President, Katrina Haynes (SC) has had the unique honor of serving as the very first HSEA President, a term that spanned two years. Katrina has been extremely instrumental in setting the successful course for this organization that was launched in 2018 and is now approaching a membership of 1500 educators. Her service as president and HSEA representative to the NCHSE Executive Council provided a strong voice for classroom teachers and shaped many decisions made by the Consortium. Throughout her leadership commitment, Katrina has developed classroom resources, served as a webinar presenter, provided professional development workshops, organized the highly attended Virtual Ed Camp, created the engaging HSEA Facebook Group with over 1800 members, and more. In addition, Katrina is in her 10th year in the classroom having taught in a comprehensive high school and now serving as the lead teacher in a virtual public high school. Her nursing background serves her well as she teaches Health Science 1, 2, 3, and Medical Terminology. She is also a HOSA chapter advisor and SC HOSA State Officer Advisor. Her contributions will be valuable to the HSEA Officer Team having been the HSEA pioneer! We applaud Katrina for her remarkable accomplishments as the HSEA President and the legacy she leaves.

About the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE)

NCHSE, a non-profit educational organization, represents state education agency leaders responsible for middle school, secondary, and postsecondary career technical education (CTE) health science programs. Established in 1991, NCHSE supports visionary leadership, promotes best practices, and speaks with one voice to promote career success for the next generation of health professionals. Through partnerships with publishers and resource providers, professional associations, certification providers and the Health Science Educators Association (HSEA), NCHSE is positioned as the national authority for health science education.

About the Health Science Educators Association (HSEA)

The Health Science Educators Association (HSEA), sponsored by the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) is membership category exclusively for classroom teachers.