MHS teacher learns healthcare field in summer externship


Marshalltown High School teacher Erin Weatherly is learning more about the healthcare field during an externship at Central Iowa Healthcare this summer.

Marshalltown High School life sciences teacher Erin Weatherly is doing some learning outside of the classroom this summer to take back to her students this fall. Weatherly is participating in the Real World Externships for Teachers of Mathematics, Science and Technology as part of the Iowa STEM Council.

In this externship, she is spending 30 days at Central Iowa Healthcare. Her days are spent working on educational materials in the dietician’s office as well as witnessing surgeries and other day-to-day operations of the hospital. Weatherly teaches health classes and career development classes at MHS.

“It’s great to bring this experience back to the students,” Weatherly said. “I’m going to be taking activities back to the classroom.”

Weatherly has been heavily involved in putting together a diabetes education program at CIH. She is also learning about the many careers in the healthcare field and will pass on the information to her students. Weatherly is an advisor in the Health Careers Club at MHS.

Weatherly is one of 40 educators across the state taking part in the summer externship program this year through the STEM Council and was selected through an application process.