Dr. Runyon has been an Athletic Trainer for 13 years. She has had the opportunity to explore varied settings in athletic training including; collegiate, secondary school, and also providing athletic training services in a physician practice. She spent the majority of her time working as the Head Athletic Trainer at a secondary school where her passion to become an educator grew further. Her experience as an educator includes teaching vocational programming at the secondary school level as well as serving as a professor in collegiate academic programs.
Dr. Runyon is new to Wisconsin as she and her family recently moved from northwest Indiana. She has had the opportunity to explore the heartland; living in Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana and now Wisconsin.
Aside from work, Dr. Runyon, enjoys spending time with her twin daughters, Lola and Olivia, and her husband Matt. The family enjoys the outdoors, including fishing and boating. They have enjoyed exploring the many lakes and public parks the area has to offer.
Areas of Specialization
Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) – Indiana, Wisconsin
Scholarly and Professional Achievements
Speaker at National Athletic Training Association Convention (2018) – Understanding the Athletic Trainers role in Return to Learn at NCAA Division II and Division III Institutions
What is your teaching style?
I try to use a variety of teaching strategies to enhance my classroom experience. I want to make sure every type of learner, whether audio, visual, or hands-on, has a chance to succeed in the classroom. I love to teach but I really love when the students have the opportunity to learn from one another and maybe even teach me something.
Why do you do what you do?
I didn’t initially realize I wanted to be an educator. I learned from mentoring younger students in my undergraduate program that I enjoyed the opportunity to help others learn. I have a strong passion for athletic training but also for education. Teaching in an athletic training program allows me to maintain my ties to my first love of medicine and explore my passions as an educator.
What should students know about you?
I have high expectations for each and every student I work with. My goal is to identify strengths and areas for growth, for each individual, and help them to identify ways they can capitalize on those strengths and work toward overall growth both personal and professional.