The Bangs, Texas, resident graduated from the Emergency Medical Services program at TSTC in Abilene in 2011. She served as a paramedic throughout the Big Country area for the last six years before teaching at TSTC.
Young was inspired to break into the industry by her brother, who is also a paramedic.
“My brother was a paramedic right out of high school,” Young said. “We’re only 14 months apart.”
But after getting married and having children at a young age, she decided to put her college plans on hold.
“I had my first child when I was 18,” Young said. “You’re kind of strapped to the kids at that point. I worked in real estate for a long time, but I always wanted to be an EMT. I just had a passion for it and for helping people.”
So once her children were able to care for themselves, she took the plunge into the emergency medical services field.
“I decided that it was time for me to do it,” Young said. “I went through the paramedic program at TSTC in Abilene and I loved it so much. I really think the education I got at TSTC is what brought me back here to teach.”
Beginning work at TSTC just a few weeks before classes began for the fall, Young was nervous.
“When I got into this, I was worried about the teaching portion of it, but I realized very quickly that it’s not just teaching,” Young said. “There’s a lot involved—recruitment, getting the kids in here and registered, following up with learning programs the EMS department uses. I’m kind of getting used to the software and everything, but I’ve found that—since I’m passionate about it and about EMS— teaching has come easy.”
So far, her favorite part has been working with the students.
“We had a class yesterday and we were going over anatomy and physiology, cells and our body’s responses to injuries,” Young said. “The students were reading it on their own and they didn’t quite understand, but then they came to class and we were able to shed light on the subject. It’s really awesome to see the students get excited. And I think that’s my favorite part—that they enjoy learning.”
The Emergency Medical Technician certificate is now offered at the Brownwood campus. For more information on the program, visit tstc.edu.