Karyn Gentile - Health and Physical Education
Program Director for the Athletic Training Education Program
Health & Physical Education
MS degree – Syracuse University
BA degree – Baldwin-Wallace College
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
I have learned that every student has unique talents, gifts and strengths. Some students are still searching for their strengths, some are developing their strengths and some are discovering new strengths. It is my responsibility as a faculty member, to meet each student where they are in this process and serve as a catalyst in the discovery and development of their strengths, gifts and talents.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
Although, I don’t know what the future holds for each student, I am energized by college students and cherish the opportunity to play a small role in cultivating each student to reach their potential and prepare them for future plans.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
I have the wonderful opportunity to begin a relationship very early in the student’s college experience. I serve as the academic advisor for all Athletic Training Education majors. Our athletic training education program is fortunate to have five certified athletic trainers on campus, in addition to myself, available as mentors for the students. Students are immediately involved in our campus clinical setting where they meet the tremendous athletic training staff. Each semester every student is assigned to an approved clinical instructor, this one-on-one personalized instruction fosters wonderful mentoring between our athletic training staff and our students.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
If I weren’t teaching, I would most likely be at the zoo or the children’s museum or on the playground…. in other words, I’d be with my children. However, a more practical answer would be that I would be utilizing my athletic training skills in a college, high school, clinical or corporate setting.
What do students like best about your class?:
The students enjoy the variety that I bring to the classroom, as well as my enthusiasm and my passion for the topic. Students also like when I share stories from my past experience, helping them to relate to the material. Most of all, I believe students appreciate that I always try to be connected with them.