Having endured four open-heart surgeries, LFCC Professor Kathy Ware can teach her health-related courses from the perspectives of both the medical professionals and the patients.
She is an associate professor of health information management and natural science, teaching at both the Middletown Campus and the Page County Technical Center. She also offers distance courses to the Fauquier Campus.
Ware was born with a congenital heart defect. Not only did this compromise her health as a child, it severely limited her learning at an early age.
As a result of Ware’s condition, her blood oxidation level is low, so low that the average person would need to be on a continuous supply of oxygen at her level.
“My body has adjusted,” she says.
But, she suffered as a child.
“There was no expectation of me to see adulthood,” Ware says. “It was a little shocking that I lived to attend kindergarten.”
And, school was very difficult for her.
“I was learning disabled, probably partly because of my heart defect,” Ware says. “I was a late bloomer in everything.”
She was put in special-education classes starting in fifth grade.
“I couldn’t read, I couldn’t write, I couldn’t spell,” Ware recalls.
With her school unable to help her further, she was pushed out of special ed at the end of 7th grade.
Despite these hardships, Ware went on to graduate from Stonewall Jackson High School in Shenandoah County, and then obtain both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees without any special accommodations.
“I worked very, very hard to do what I have done,” she says.
As a result, Ware, who has taught at LFCC nearly seven years, expects a great deal out of her students.
She teaches anatomy and physiology to a class made up of Luray-Page County Center students and dual-enrolled Page County High School students at the Technical Center. Ware also teaches health information management (HIM).
HIM graduates work on the “business side of medicine.”
“You’re working with medical records, and there are many different directions, such as coding or transcription, that you can go with that,” Ware says. “The ultimate goal is our electronic health records will go nationwide.”
This will ensure that all aspects of a patient’s healthcare are integrated.
Ware lives in New Market with her husband and her three cats, two of whom are special needs. She also does feline rescue volunteering.