Teacher Spotlight: Leah Behymer

Behymer claps as the Spotlight crew alks into her room.
By: Samantha Seidel
A registered nurse who made the jump from the medical field to the medical classroom found herself in the spotlight for her commitment to students.
Teaching at the Killeen ISD Career Center, Leah Behymer, a phlebotomy teacher, was prepping her students to take their certification test. Little did she know that a few friends would be dropping by.
Representatives from the district’s Human Resources, Education Foundation joined Career Center administrators and staff members to crowd into the classroom.
Peering around her computer, Behymer kept her composure as the group caused a happy raucous. Behymer accepts her certificate.
Shaking the teacher’s hand, Principal Russell Porterfield explained to the group why they were interrupting her class.
“We nominated you to be the Secondary Teacher Spotlight for the Month because you are a phenomenal teacher,” he said.
“Mrs. Behymer leads two of our medical programs, helping students learn about those careers, helping them prepare to get their certifications so they can start working after they graduate.”
Behymer calmly accepted her award thanking the group for the surprise.
“This is such a surprise,” she said smiling. “I was not expecting something like this, and I am so grateful.”
A former pediatric nurse, who just happened to teach other nurses, started to look for a career path that would let her be with her family more.
“I have two little kids, and I was looking for an opportunity to have a similar schedule as them, and I thought teaching might be a good fit for me.”
Behymer shows off her certificateBehymer reached out to her former teacher that taught the Certified Nurses Aid Program at Copperas Cove ISD and asked what it was like to teach.
Soon after that, she was hired on with the Career Center while finishing her college degree to teach.
“I have never been a medical assistant or phlebotomist, so that can be challenging to teach, but I love learning more about the medial field with my students,” she said.
“I love watching my students grow and get ready, and ultimately pass their certifications so that they can go out and work after they leave here.”
Behymer not only wants her students to be knowledgeable about medical terminology, but she wants them to dress and act professionally as well.
“We have professional grades on Mondays and Wednesdays. It is important, not only how we look to one another, but how we speak to one another in a positive, professional manner.”
Beyhmer was grateful to her fellow teachers for always supporting her and answering her questions.
“Thank you to (teacher Jeff) Watson. He is my go-to person here, and thank you to the rest of the medical teachers. I wouldn’t be here without their encouragement