Teacher Appreciation Week 2021

May 3 – May 7th marks 2021 Teacher Appreciation Week! This week we celebrate all our amazing teachers and their dedication to educating our students! We want to share a huge thank you to our First Responder Educators for continually going above and beyond to keep our student’s education on track and to keep our school moving forward during the pandemic. Thank you for not just teaching, but for inspiring the next generation of healthcare professionals.


Earlier this week we asked our students on Instagram to give a shout-out to their favorite instructors. The entries were endless! Our students were thrilled to celebrate the instructors that have made an impression on their education. While we wish we could hear every students’ instructor shout-outs and their experiences, we did collect quite a few shout-outs to create an Instructor Shout-Out Recap video to share with our faculty:

Watch the Teacher Appreciation Week 2021 – Instructor Shout Out Recap on Facebook HERE


or Watch the Teacher Appreciation Week 2021 – Instructor Shout Out Recap on Instagram HERE

One student said it best, they “appreciate every single one of them” and the impact they’ve had on our students’ education, career, and life. Thank you, teachers!

WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing is thrilled to announce the promotion of Laurie Bentson, MHA, RDMS, RVT, to the newly created position of Clinical Lab Director for the Phoenix, Arizona campus. Many WCUI Phoenix sonography students will recognize Laurie as an instructor for a variety of ultrasound classes, such as Physics, Vascular, Abdomen, OB/GYN, and Medical Terminology.

“Since joining our team this past fall, Laurie has demonstrated a continuous and relentless interest in improving the student experience, by enriching their opportunities to hone their critical thinking skills in the labs and providing an outstanding education to the students,” WCUI Phoenix campus, Director of Education Maria Walters said.  “We feel very lucky to have her accept this position and look forward to collaborating in shaping the new future of WCUI education.”

Laurie Bentson’s, MHA, RDMS, RVT Experience

Laurie Bentson

Laurie grew her ultrasound experience while serving patients for 20 years at Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix campus. During her tenure, she managed the ultrasound team performing high-risk OB; supporting organ transplant services, vascular and cardiac surgeons, NICU, a stroke center, and a robust interventional radiology team to include ultrasound-guided procedures. Laurie furthered her education by obtaining her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and was promoted to Senior Manager, serving two additional major medical centers within Banner Health. In this role, she was responsible for staff development, quality outcomes, and operations for several different modalities to include Interventional Radiology, CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Breast Imaging as well as Ultrasound.  

Laurie Bentson has extensive experience in the educational field as a vascular sonography lab instructor for Gateway Community College.  There she also taught weekend seminars to prepare the students to take their RVT registry.

Congratulations Laurie!

As WCUI Phoenix’s newest Clinical Lab Director Laurie is eager to improve WCUI student’s learning experiences by continuing to restructure lab environments to mirror clinical spaces and maximize learning opportunities. Congratulations Laurie Bentson! We are excited to see how you will continue to improve WCUI and make your impact on each of our students.

For details about Laurie Bentsons’s experience and her new promotions as WCUI Phoenix Clinical Lab Director see the official WCUI press release here: Press Release Laurie Bentson Promoted to Phoenix Clinical Lab Director

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