2013-12-06 / People

Health sciences teacher earns accolade

By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer


Deb Hapgood, instructor at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, was recently awarded the title of Maine Career and Technical Teacher of the Year. Hapgood has taught health sciences for 18 years, and has, in the process, certifi ed some 500 nurses. A registered nurse, Hapgood worked as a pediatric resident nurse for nine years at Maine Medical Center before beginning her teaching career. Her husband, Wayne, also teaches at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology. They live in Kennebunk and have five children. 
(Courtesy photo) Deb Hapgood, instructor at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, was recently awarded the title of Maine Career and Technical Teacher of the Year. Hapgood has taught health sciences for 18 years, and has, in the process, certifi ed some 500 nurses. A registered nurse, Hapgood worked as a pediatric resident nurse for nine years at Maine Medical Center before beginning her teaching career. Her husband, Wayne, also teaches at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology. They live in Kennebunk and have five children. (Courtesy photo) KENNEBUNK — Deb Hapgood was recently awarded the title of Maine Career and Technical Teacher of the Year.

“It is a huge honor,” said Hapgood, who has worked at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology for 18 years and certified some 500 nurses in the process.

She teaches health sciences to students interested in the health care field. She teaches classes such as Introduction to Medical Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and Nutritional Growth and Development.

Before she began teaching, Hapgood worked as a pediatric resident nurse for nine years at Maine Medical Center.

The Biddeford Regional Center of Technology is one of 27 career and technical education centers (C.T.E.) in Maine. The underlying objective of the technical schools is to equip students with the technical knowledge to carry them on to secondary education.

A native of Saco, Hapgood and her husband have raised five children and reside in Kennebunk. She holds degrees from the University of Southern Maine and the University of New England.

This honor is the first major recognition Hapgood has received in her career.

“It’s actually very humbling, but it was incredibly surreal at first,” Hapgood said.

“My boss has done a really good job of putting it out there,” she said of Peg Levasseur making Hapgood’s award known.

Levasseur, Hapgood said, hung posters along the walls in Hapgood’s building informing passersby of the honor.

“My colleagues have been wonderful and very supportive. I guess I wasn’t expecting so much recognition from it,” Hapgood said. “I knew I’d been nominated, and I was thrilled to win. I guess I thought it would stop there.”

While the actual awarding of the plaque was exciting, said Hapgood, the after-effects have been more meaningful.

One of Hapgood’s former doctors was visiting campus one day and saw a poster that Levasseur had hung and decided to walk down to congratulate Hapgood. “Those parts have been more enjoyable, in some ways, than the actual awarding. I think the word is more gratifying,” Hapgood said.

Not only has the new title garnered recognition for Hapgood, it also has highlighted the importance of Maine Career and Technical School.

“C.T.E.’s (career and technical education) do have a negative stigma,” Hapgood said. “People think those who can’t get in to college come to us and that is so incorrect; our students are very successful.”

“I guess that’s the best part about this — the award gives us a little bit of recognition for what we’re doing and there’s not a lot of that for C.T.E., I’ve found,” Hapgood said. “It has just been a very interesting, humbling month.”

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