Our spotlight this month is on our Health Science Instructor
Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Lafayette, Indiana; home of the Purdue Boilermakers. Lynnette Kidd-Tucker has always loved school and helping others. As a student athlete in high school playing basketball, running track, playing the violin and being on pom-poms prepared her to be socially well rounded. Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion at Purdue University and working as a health inspector intern from 1998-1999 at the Tippecanoe Health Department was the start of what was to be an awesome career in public health.
After graduation in 2001 and the aftermath of 9/11 a call came in from the Indiana Public Health Association's director out of Indianapolis, IN. She was offered a position to work as a regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator on the recommendation of a college professor. From 2003-2006 she worked with 34 regional health department and hospitals in Northwest Indiana updating and providing financial support for infrastructure rebuilding and creation of Standard Operating Procedures in the event of mass terrorist events. In 2007, she expanded her knowledge and was offered a position with The Aliveness Project of Northwest Indiana as a HIV counselor and testing coordinator. Providing support and resources for those affected by HIV/AIDS.
In 2010 a brief transition for public health into Education was made. Being a parent and caring for a special needs son, forced her to be his advocate and work with the local Special Education Co-op as a parent resource liaison. Assisting parents understand their students’ IEP’s and services available to them.
In 2011 she finally made the decision to pursue her lifelong career goal. The career of nursing. Having a mother who was suffering from Dystonia (a form of Parkinson’s disease), a father who passed away from emphysema and 4 immediate family members who all succumbed from Cancer. The medical field was a perfect fit. In 2013 she received her Nursing License from Everest College. In 2015 she moved to Desoto, Texas to start anew. Working as a full time pediatric nurse with Viva Pediatrics until 2015 when she began working for Desoto ISD and received her teaching license in the great state of Texas. Hoping to begin her Master’s program in the summer of 2017, Lynnette continues to work to inspire those around her and encourage student to “Be the Change They Want to See” in whatever career they chose and in their daily lives.