ALWAYS A HELPING HAND: Stephanie Webb Dedicates Her Teaching Career to Guiding Students to Success

Stephanie Webb Dedicates Her Teaching CareerIn 2008, Stephanie Webb started her career as a Dental Assistant and soon became a Registered Dental Assistant in 2010. Throughout her journey, she has worked in various dental specialties including General Dentistry, Endodontics, Dental Anesthesiology, Pediatric Dentistry, Prosthodontics, and Oral Surgery. After gaining immense knowledge and experience in the field, she became an instructor to share her expertise with aspiring dental professionals.

Stephanie is dedicated to all her students in the Dental Assisting program. Born in Oakland, raised in Hayward, Stephanie has not ventured far from home. As a teacher at Carrington College’s San Leandro campus, she goes above and beyond to help her students by coming in early or staying late for those who need additional help.

When you see someone struggling, what is the first thing you do?

When I see someone struggling, the first thing I do is find out what the problem is; second, I look for a solution, and third, I make a plan with them so they understand how to implement that solution through to the end of the program.

What is it that drives you to care so much?

Earlier in my life I learned how much I wanted to help others, that I wanted to make life easier for others. And now I just want to see all my students succeed and finish the program. I don’t want to see anyone fail.

What do you think are the most important characteristics that make a good Dental Assistant?

Kindness, compassion, motivation, and adaptability to other people’s personalities.

What are some of the most popular skills Dental Assisting students learn?

Well, I think they like placing the arch wire in for braces the best. They also like taking X-rays, making impressions, polishing, placing sealants, making bleaching trays, and fabricating temporary crowns.

I understand you let students come to your open labs anytime to get extra support. Do you still give help to students when they are in externships?

Yes, students are always welcome to come back to campus for extra help. Even after they finish an externship, we help them with their job search by reaching out to offices we know or other students.

Any other advice for your graduating students?

My advice for all students is: this is simply the first stop along the way to getting educated in a choice career. My advice is to continue their education, get their RDA license or go to Hygiene school. Keep on learning.

So far, what has been your favorite part of teaching?

Graduation. I love seeing them succeed.

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