Our instructors don’t just know this stuff, they live it. Instructors at DCTC have worked extensively in their professions and remain active in the industry. They bring their business and industry experience into their classrooms and labs. Our instructors do more than teach- they advised and mentor students. They make themselves available to students no just for help in coursework, but for help in achieving results, whether that’s finding a new job or improving a current one.
Patrice Nadeau is a medical assistant instructor. She started teaching at DCTC in 1994 and took over as program director in 2001. Patrice has a master’s degree in clinical laboratory science from the University of North Dakota. She has her bachelor’s in medical technology from the University of Minnesota.
Having extensive work experience in hospitals and clinics, she most recently served as a technical consultant for Allina Medical Clinic laboratories and Central Pediatrics. She was honored as a guest lecturer for laboratory science in the continuing education program at the University of North Dakota.
Regarding her teaching philosophy, Patrice says, “Hands-on, guided practice is very important for the medical field. Small numbers in the lab help with this important part of student learning. Everyone can learn if given the right opportunity.”
“The students!” are the best part of her job as a DCTC instructor.
She lists conflict resolution as a new interest and plans to pursue education on the subject.
Margaret Noirjean began teaching at DCTC in 2002. She instructs courses for medical assistant, nursing, and biomedical students in Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Procedures, Administrative Procedures, Disease and Conditions and Pharmacology With Math.
A Registered Nurse, Margaret has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. CPR Certified, she has completed the Teacher Education Series and has a Public Health Nurse Certificate.
Her extensive industry experience includes jobs as:
- Clinical Services Manager, Allina Medical Clinics, Parkview Ob/Gyn
- Health Educator, CommonHealth Clinic & Home Care
- Director Special Care Areas, Humana Hospital, St. Luke’s
- Head Nurse, A Coronary Care Unit, University of Virginia Hospital
- Staff Telemetry Nurse, Huntington Hospital
The winner of several Golden Apple Awards, Margaret has also earned a CAFÉ Award, a Star Award for Excellence, and Teacher of the Year nomination.
In 2015 Margaret was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award by MnSCU Board of Trustees. She was also awarded the MN Compact President’s Civic Engagement Steward Award in the same year.
Regarding her teaching philosophy, she strives to “teach in a manner for students to succeed while demonstrating qualities of professionalism and participating in civic engagement and service learning projects.”
The best part of her job as a DCTC instructor is working and interacting with people on campus. Her hobbies and interests include needlework, gardening, skiing, hiking, walking, and spending time with family and friends.
Kathleen Tettam has been a practicing certified medical assistant since obtaining certification in January 2000. A 1999 alumna of the DCTC Medical Assistant program, Tettam joined the MA faculty in fall 2010.
Tettam is a member of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and the Minnesota Society of Medical Assistants (MSMA). The membership and certification chair of the MSMA, she is very active in recruiting and maintaining members.
Tettam has work experiences in both clinical and hospital settings. Most recently, she served as a phlebotomist in the Owatonna Hospital laboratory. She has also worked for Allina Clinic, Park Nicollet Clinic and Apple Valley Medical Center in a variety of medical specialties.
She lives in Northfield, Minn., with her husband and youngest daughter. Her pastimes include reading, MSMA work, spending time with family and watching movies. She also enjoys walking through the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and area parks.
Students are the best part of her job at DCTC. She gets great satisfaction in knowing she has helped a student learn. Regarding her teaching philosophy, Tettam strives to incorporate her work experiences into her classes. She feels this connection between the classroom and the outside world will further help DCTC students be successful.