Second Keystone OT Therapist Named 2016 Fieldwork Educator


Samantha Bean West helps develop skills that will lead to success in everyday life including: motor, social, personal, academic and vocational pursuits.

Samantha Bean West, pediatric occupational therapist, assistant director of occupational therapy, CMS Early Steps Provider, Handwriting Without Tears® Level 1 Certified Handwriting Specialist, joined RJ Navarro, director of rehabilitative medicine, in being recognized as 2016 Fieldwork Educator of the Year by Florida State College at Jacksonville and Florida Occupational Therapy Educational Consortium on Nov. 5, in Orlando, Fla., during the opening ceremony of the annual FOTA Conference.

Every year FLOTEC selects fieldwork educators from across the state and honors them with the Award of Excellence. Award recipients have been nominated and selected by an academic program or students as a fieldwork educator who exhibits superior communication, interpersonal behaviors, professional and teaching behaviors.

FLOTEC honors fieldwork educators with the Award of Excellence for exhibiting superior communication, interpersonal behaviors, professional and teaching behaviors.

The award recognizes Samantha and RJ as educators who are able to:

  • Clarify expectation of supervision at outset
  • Establish and maintain boundaries
  • Teach practical skills
  • Maintain membership in his/her state and national association.
  • Be assessable and available to the student
  • Encourage students to explore new ideas and techniques (think outside the box)
  • Use and promote reflective practice
  • Show enthusiasm for Occupational Therapy
  • Foster autonomy and independence
  • Model professional and ethical behavior
  • Assess student’s learning needs
  • Accept values and celebrate diversity
  • Be aware of our own limitations and strengths
  • Work collaboratively with students – listen more than talk to students
  • Maintain open and honest relationships with student
  • Convey a supportive and caring attitude

Keystone is proud of and congratulates both Samantha and RJ!

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