Students teaching students

Sterling High School juniors Yasmeen Washington and Krislynn Salazar learn about the negative effects of marijuana from Lee College nursing students Leonel Aramburo Jr. and Ashlyn Scheller.
Sterling High School juniors Yasmeen Washington and Krislynn Salazar learn about the negative effects of marijuana from Lee College nursing students Leonel Aramburo Jr. and Ashlyn Scheller.

Lee College nursing students polished their one-on-one teaching skills recently as they shared their knowledge with students from the Ross S. Sterling High School Health Science Academy.

Janice Rogers, a member of the Lee College nursing faculty, said, “They asked us to provide educational sources and references to topics and issues that affect teenagers. We have anything from good eating to hand-washing to vaping to sun protection to car safety to suicide and the effects that marijuana has on the body — negative effects.”

The learning for the day went beyond just the information high school students gained about the specific topics being addressed.

Sterling High School students share the experience of child delivery in the Lee College simulation lab.
Sterling High School students share the experience of child delivery in the Lee College simulation lab.

The high school students in the Health Science Academy are those who want to pursue health-related careers — some plan to become nurses and others want to be doctors or enter one of the many other professions in the growing career field.

For them, it was a chance to see the next step in their own education, whether they attend Lee College or another college or university.

For the Lee College students, it was a chance to practice the kind of teaching skills that nurses experience in their work.

“In nursing we do a lot of teaching,” Rogers said. “They had to develop a pre-test and a post-test. They have to evaluate their own learning.

Sterling High School teacher Paula Schmidt (back to camera) shows some of her students the simulation lab in the Lee College nursing building, where full-size, equipped hospital rooms containing lifelike mannequins give students the opportunity to practice their skills in a realistic environment.
Sterling High School teacher Paula Schmidt (back to camera) shows some of her students the simulation lab in the Lee College nursing building, where full-size, equipped hospital rooms containing lifelike mannequins give students the opportunity to practice their skills in a realistic environment.

“It helps them to be a more well-rounded nurse since they had to learn how to teach and evaluate and present.”

In fact, the teacher who was with the Sterling High School students gained some of her teaching skills right at Lee College.

Paula Schmidt, an instructor in the Health Science Academy, came through the Lee College nursing program before going on to get her bachelor’s degree. She has also taught at the college.

“My students are just looking at the healthcare profession and what do they want to do,” she said. At the event, “They are actually getting to look at things that at school, at the college level, that they would be doing.”

In addition to the interactive education displays, the high school students also got a tour of some of the Lee College simulation rooms — full-scale hospital rooms where students can practice their skills on mannequins especially designed for teaching medical treatments.

Lee College nursing students Jennifer Hernandez and Mike Garza share sun safety information with Sterling High School juniors Jose Marquez, Canaan Hanson and Carol Davis.
Lee College nursing students Jennifer Hernandez and Mike Garza share sun safety information with Sterling High School juniors Jose Marquez, Canaan Hanson and Carol Davis.

As a particular highlight, a few of the students delivered a “baby,” in the maternity simulation room as the others watched the process. Even though both mother and child were plastic simulations, the students were then able to critique the delivery and learn more than a textbook or video could provide.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.