Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of profiles on new, full-time faculty members.
Lisa McGowan plans to share more than her occupational therapy (OT) acumen with Keuka students.
McGowan, a 2000 graduate of Keuka’s OT program, brings knowledge of Keuka and what it takes to succeed in the OT program. She has sat in some of the same seats that her students are sitting in now, so she knows exactly what they are going through and what they need.
“As a student here, I cried, laughed, learned, was challenged and made friends and I hope that I can share those experiences with my students now,” said McGowan.
McGowan, whose primary therapy focus is children, teaches the pediatric-level courses, including Occupational Development in Childhood and Occupational and Assessment Intervention in Childhood I. She has worked in school districts and BOCES, and earned her master’s degree in education from Alfred University.
“It wasn’t hard,” she says of her decision to return to Keuka. “I knew where things were, I was comfortable and I knew some of the professors.”
She encourages her students to utilize examples from their Field Periods in class discussion to get them to understand the experiences that occupational therapists face every day.
“I have them draw from Field Periods; their experiences are unique, and I try to get them to convey what they have learned,” says McGowan. “Some of the examples are positive and some are negative, but they are all part of the profession.”