Along with being a part of the college community, Coe has been working at Loyola Medical Hospital since 1992 in the respiratory care department. She has attended a number of schools such as Southern Illinois University, Illinois State University, MacMurray College, and Lincoln Land Community College.
Coe grew up in Springfield, Illinois and worked at a battered women’s shelter during her high school years. “This is something my friends and I friends did together and we all found great satisfaction helping out,” commented Coe.
She always enjoyed learning, which is why she jumped from college to college. During her ISU days, Coe worked night shifts as a respiratory therapist at a hospital near the university to help support her academic career. At this time she was also studying Special Education. She also studied and worked with the deaf and hard of hearing. It was at Lincoln Land where Coe participated in the respiratory program.
Coe knew she wanted to pursue a career in respiratory care just by being around her older brother, who suffered from asthma, as she grew up.
“I remember the noises he would make and I would just wonder why this was happening to him,” said Coe.
“Through all the doctor visits, modifications to our home to accommodate his allergies, and just seeing him struggle – that’s what solidified it,” added Coe about when she knew what to choose as a career.
She also mentioned how working while studying at ISU to originally just support her schooling turned out to be something she loved, which made her even more positive about what she wanted to do with her life.
Coe is very passionate about the field she teaches for and works for and it made her who she is today. “I feel that there are so many reasons to go into the medical field. It provides satisfaction of curiosity and there is always so much to learn,” explained Coe.
“It also just keeps you connected. It gives you the ability to practice compassion at a raw level.”
Coe has earned a number of credentials throughout her education including pulmonary education at the entry level and advanced; she also is certified for asthma education.
She worked part-time at COD for 15 years teaching pulmonary function before she became the Director of Clinical Education this year. She now teaches first and second year respiratory students. First year students study at the college and second year students move on to assigned clinical experiments, and Coe organizes and oversees these labs at the hospitals.
She hopes to really be able to “sink her teeth” into mentoring students as she continues to teach at the college. She strongly believes the respiratory program we have is a very solid and successful program where she supports the students being able to grow and prosper.
“I’m proud of working at COD. It is always open to increasing student satisfaction.”
Outside of her busy occupation, Coe takes pleasure in reading and writing creative, non-fiction. She currently lives in the city and frequently travels to third world countries to engage in a couple of her favorite activities – hiking and mountain climbing.
She particularly loves the country of Africa and has been to Kilimanjaro. She has also visited Nepal, a country north of India.
“I like being ‘lost.’ There’s something interesting about not knowing anything about where I’m going and having to just learn about my surroundings,” commented Coe.
This upcoming Christmas break, Coe will be going to Patagonia, a country in the southern tip of South America, where it will be summer.