CNM Instructor Named EMS Educator of the Year
“I was totally surprised. I didn’t know anything about it until they called my name at the awards banquet,” Kaestner said. “It was nice that the award came from the EMS community – providers, other instructors, people I’ve worked with for the past 20 years.”
Kaestner started out as an emergency medical technician in the late 1980s and became a paramedic in 1991. After taking instructor courses, she started teaching part-time at the University of New Mexico in 1992. While working as a paramedic, she obtained her master’s degree in Educational Psychology. She then taught EMS courses full-time at UNM between 1998 and 2005, before coming to CNM to help start the EMS program.
Jessica Medrano, CNM’s EMS program director noted that Kaestner was chosen among all of the EMS educators in the state of New Mexico. “No one deserves this more than Kathy. She sets the highest standard in the classroom, and students and faculty alike greatly benefit from her knowledge and passion for her classroom and clinical education,” Medrano said.
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