Sarah Lefebvre, Assistant Professor, D.V.M., has been teaching Veterinary Technology at Mount Ida College since 2010, and has quickly become an inspiration to her students. Not your typical veterinary technology professor, Lefebvre’s journey to the world of higher education came from a non-traditional route. After majoring in political science in college, Lefebvre took a few turns in the road while discovering her career path. Now, a professor in our highly respected veterinary technology program, Lefebvre inspires students to follow their dreams and never give up on their career outcomes.

Finding career pathways

After working for some time in political science, Lefebvre decided to obtain her prerequisites to apply to veterinary school. She involved herself in a variety of activities in order to meet the experience requirements of her program at Mississippi State University. Through volunteering at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in the Otto Orkin Insect Zoo in Washington, D.C., she found employment at a small animal private practice. In addition, she also found a job at a family run zoo as a zookeeper in northern Maryland. From those experiences, she had the opportunity to work with big cats, primates, reptiles, and other species of animals.

Welcoming diverse learners

As a result of Lefebvre’s motivation, she was accepted into veterinary school in 2002. The oldest female in her class at 32 years old, Lefebvre was excited to begin her new career. Because she followed her goals, her dream job became a reality when she graduated with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and became a Mount Ida faculty member. She now teaches a variety of courses, including research, lab diagnostics, surgical nursing, anesthesiology, animal behavior, and wild-animal practice.

“I truly love teaching and am thankful to be working at Mount Ida,” added Lefebvre. “I feel that anyone can go back to school regardless of age or field of study.”

Mount Ida College’s Professional Studies in Education Program prepares highly qualified teachers with a strong foundation in the study of children and their development. By receiving the skills necessary in child life, you are ready for your work as early childhood professionals or as teachers in public schools for grades PreK-2. Our practical, hands-on learning environment, also allows you to make a meaningful impact on your future work with children.

Career focused program

Suzanne St. Germain, Program Director, Ph.D., creates a curriculum that is complete with dedicated, accessible faculty. In her professional experience, she has designed and implemented education programs for students from the middle school level through the undergraduate level. Before coming to our college, she was in private practice working with children with head injuries. Her expertise is in the area of brain-based teaching and learning strategies regarding multiple learning styles.

“I have a purpose here at Mount Ida, which is to create a learning environment that prepares students for their future careers in the field of education,” she said. “My teaching approach is compatible with the learning styles of my students, enhancing their ability to retain and retrieve course content.”

Meaningful internships

Germain designs individualized internship experiences for students pursuing child-focused careers or obtaining a Massachusetts licensure as Teacher of Students Without and Without Disabilities, PreK-2. Through internships, students gain the opportunity to use their coursework to excel in internship settings. The outcome of these meaningful internships has proven to be successful, resulting in a 93 percent job placement upon graduating.

“It is our goal to prepare students for the future through meaningful, individualized, career-focused internships,” concluded Professor Germain. “A hallmark of our program is faculty engagement in assisting students as they choose an internship that will guide them on a pathway to future employment.”

When it comes to the video game industry, experience means everything. That’s why Mount Ida is proud to have game art and animation faculty with extensive industry experience. Our specialized educators offer the best resources and insights to fill the professional gaming industry with your ideas and passion. By collaborating with our professors, game art and animation majors learn about advanced 2D and 3D animation, game production, level design, special effects and conceptual art to create an individualized digital portfolio for lifelong careers.

Immediate connection with industry

“Having teachers that are currently in the industry or who have recently come from the industry gives our students an immediate connection with the field, said Eric Hunn, Program Director, B.F.A. “Our instructors bring with them a wealth of professional experience, and our small class sizes offer our students plenty of one-on-one time with instructors.”

Hunn has had the opportunity to work for some incredible companies, such as 38 Studios, Tom Snyder Productions and the Cambridge Interactive Development Corporation. As an award-winning animator, Eric’s thesis at the Rochester Institute of Technology took 2nd prize in the 2006 Brattleboro Animation Festival, and he was a finalist for the 2009 Marvel Motion Comic Contest. From all of these experiences, Hunn is grateful for the opportunity to give students a direct impression of what it’s like working on interactive entertainment for a profession.

Learning outcomes for success

“I believe the best way to teach is to give students a jumping point for personal growth,” concluded Professor Hunn. “We teach a wide variety of software in Game Art, but simply learning that software isn’t enough. It’s how you use those tools to reach people as an artist. It’s not just growing in the classroom — it’s taking the tools you’ve learned there and building something great with them.”