Q&A with Medical Assistant Instructor Lisa Staples

In our Instructor Spotlight series, you will get to know the instructors beyond the passionate lectures and skillful laboratory demonstrations and get to the heart of what makes our team of educators at Woodruff Medical Training and Testing more than just teachers and healthcare professionals. These instructors truly care about the success of their students, and in less than a year, they come to feel like family.

In today’s spotlight, we are featuring a dedicated, compassionate woman who loves teaching medical assistants at Woodruff. Get to know Ms. Lisa McGreer Staples in 20 questions!

1. What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Lisa Staples – Having it All; Faith, Family and Career

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would love to learn how to drive a race car.

3. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Take my entire family to an exotic island and escape this pandemic!!

4. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

Relax, read a romance novel, and enjoy my favorite indulgence (a Hershey Bar)

5. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Claire Huxtable from the “Cosby Show.” She is smart, talented, beautiful, successful, and she has a great family.  She is “every woman!”

6. Why did you choose the Medical Field?

Actually, it was by accident.  I had a friend who worked in a medical office many years ago when a medical office consisted of the physician, nurse, and receptionist.  My friend was going on vacation, and the physician needed someone to take her place and she recommended me.  One day, there was an emergency in the office; a patient had a seizure in the waiting room.  Instinctively, I rushed to her assistance.  After the ambulance picked up the patient, the nurse in the office (Pamela) complimented me on my calmness and quick action to help the patient and offered to show me more on what takes place in the exam rooms.  Needless to say, I loved it and enrolled in Medical Assisting school one month later.

7. What is something you learned in the last week?

I learned string beans are legumes. I always thought they were vegetables!

8. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?

I love to cook; baking is my specialty.

9. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Washing dishes, it’s not my favorite.

10. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

Michael Jackson!!!!  I have always loved his music since I was a little girl, and he is a fantastic entertainer.

11. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My children!  They are the joy of my life and I thank god for them every day.

12. What is your favorite subject to teach?

I love to teach Urinalysis, and anything related to female medicine.

13. What three traits define you?




14. What advice would you give to New Medical Assisting Students?

Continuing your education is one of the most important life changing experience.  There will be many challenges you will face during this time in your life.  Some things you experience will make you want to throw up your hands and give up.  I know, I was a student once.  What I did to keep myself motivated is, I created a vision board.  I cut out pictures of places I wanted to vacation, the house I wanted to live in, the doctor who I would attract and marry (fortunately, I met and fell in love with an Engineer!), the car I wanted to drive, and the people who inspired and motivated me.  I took my vision board and placed it on my refrigerator, where I would surely see it every day.  When those days came when I wanted to give up, I would look at that vision board and remember why I decided to continue my education.  It worked wonders for me and I want it to work for you.

15. What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today?

The trend of adaptation.  The world understands we are dealing with a pandemic, which is resulting in a “new normal” for our everyday lifestyle.

16. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

I would be a manager. I enjoy passing along my professional experience and skills to others.

17. What advice do you have for students who are struggling in class?

Stop, breathe. Every student will encounter a rough patch at some point in their education, but stay focused, and seek assistance from your instructor.

18. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Enjoy the age you are now and don’t be in such a hurry to grow up.

19. How do you define success?

I define success as loving who you are, loving what you do, and loving those around you who love and support you.

20. What is your favorite thing about working at Woodruff Medical Training and Testing?

The students and staff!

We thank you, Ms. Staples, for your commitment to your students and bringing your passion to the classroom every day!

Want to get to know Ms. Staples and the rest of our amazing staff even better? Enroll now as a medical assistant! With new classes starting every month, it’s never too late to start your career.

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