Fort Worth Dental Assisting Instructor Earns 13th STAR Award

Rhonda Abbott receiving her STAR Instructor Award from Campus President Don McLaughlin.

Rhonda Abbott receiving her STAR Instructor Award from Campus President Don McLaughlin.

During a recent monthly faculty and staff meeting at the Fort Worth Campus, Campus President Don McLaughlin awarded Lead Dental Assisting Instructor Rhonda Abbott her 13th STAR Instructor award. After the presentation, everyone enjoyed a cookie cake to commemorate the achievement and to celebrate Ms. Abbott’s accomplishments.

Before her time at Remington College, Ms. Abbott worked in several dental offices and became a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). Additionally, she operated a temporary service in the southwest region of Arkansas and worked as a dental consultant.

Ms. Abbott came to Remington College in December 2009 with more than 20 years of dental assisting experience, along with great professionalism, dedication, and drive for the Campus’s Dental Assisting diploma program. Since that time, she has earned numerous awards for her teaching. She is well respected by her students and by faculty members and the administrative staff.

Dental Assisting Instructor Jeremiah Speller commented, “Ms. Abbott has a passion for her profession and prides herself in producing quality dental assistants.”

Sample of procedure trays that Dental Assisting students learn how to use in class.

Sample of procedure trays that Dental Assisting students learn how to use in class.

Some of Ms. Abbott’s Contributions to the Dental Assisting Program at Remington College
One of Ms. Abbott’s key accomplishments was her initiation of program training for the Campus’s Admissions Representatives to help enhance their knowledge of the Dental Assisting program. Her support of the Campus’s admissions efforts, including having prospective students visit the Dental Assisting classrooms and labs to get a visual and hands-on experience, has proven to be invaluable.

Admissions Representative Lisa Wallace is a former dental assistant and stated, “Ms. Abbott transformed the Dental Assisting lab into a mock clinic, where students can get the full impact of what it’s like in a dental office. Her years of accumulated knowledge and skill in the dental industry really show in her classes and in her students.”

To improve students’ skill in how to prepare procedure trays properly, Ms. Abbott teamed with Digital Graphic Art Instructor Andrew Weinman. She first assembled the five different procedure trays: amalgam, endodontic, crown prep, surgical, and composite. Each tray was then color- coded, which is a common practice in dental offices. Pictures were taken of each tray, and the photos were developed into posters by Mr. Weinman and now hang inside the Dental Assisting lab. This has allowed our students to have a great visual tool to easily refer to regarding some of the most important tools used in dental offices.

Recent Remington Dental Assisting Graduate Chasity Miller stated that Ms. Abbott has “really made sure we were prepared for our future.” 

We applaud Ms. Abbott on receiving her distinguished and well-deserved honor, and we salute her for the many key contributions she has made to our Fort Worth Dental Assisting program. We are thrilled to have her as part of our great instructor team!

Filed in: Dental Assisting, Fort Worth, Healthcare, Recent News

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