Avila University
AU Spotlight
Submitted December 2, 2009
Katrina Stansbury teaches lessons outside the classroom

Katrina Stansbury,
Instructional Resources Assistant
Member of Avila since 2005

Working in Avila’s information technology service department, Instructional Resources Assistant Katrina Stansbury teaches students skills that will last throughout their professional lives.

If your computer is on the fritz, a quick call to Stansbury will ease your confusions. Stansbury helps students, faculty and staff with everything from electronic presentations to quick computer questions, and does so with a smile.
“When students come to me for help, I want them to leave knowing that I did my best to help,” Stansbury said. “I don't want to ever make them feel like I didn't listen or value their opinion. I try to make every student feel important and know that they can come to me with any problem and I will find someone to help, if I can't fix the problem myself.”

Stansbury said that she chose her career field because she loves to help people and teach new skills.

“It is such a wonderful feeling when you see someone who was previously scared to touch a computer, use it to create an amazing presentation,” Stansbury said. “I love how empowered people feel when they master a new task.”

Although she is focused on the Avila community, Stansbury also provides support and training across the county. Stansbury recently was chosen to present at the annual Angel User’s Conference in Chicago. Angel is an online program used for hybrid and web-enhanced courses, utilizing tools such as course announcements, assignment dropboxes and online tests. She presented “Using Angel to create More Effective Online Instructor’s,” highlighting online training.

"It is such a wonderful feeling when you see someone who was previously scared to touch a computer, use it to create an amazing presentation."

When she’s not on campus, Stansbury stays busy as a foster parent. Stansbury and her husband, Timothy finalized the adoption of their two-year-old foster son Michael in August. Stansbury also has an 8-year-old son Brett.

“My husband and I became foster parents in the spring of 2008 and have had five foster children since that time,” Stansbury said. “Four of the children have left us, but we hope they made special memories during their time at our home. We are excited our adoption of Michael is complete, and we look forward to helping future kids who need a safe home, either temporarily or permanently.”

Stansbury also enjoys event planning, having planned weddings, anniversary parties and children’s birthday parties.
“I love to plan parties of all kinds,” Stansbury said. “I have planned several weddings including reception hall decoration and catering. The largest wedding I catered was for 200 people. It was amazing to see all of our planning come to life on the big day.”

Stansbury even finds time to volunteer. She volunteers for the Alzheimer's Association of Kansas City along with her mother and sisters.
“Since my grandmother passed away of the disease five years ago, I have been a regular volunteer at the annual Alzheimer's walk in Kansas City,” Stansbury said. “It is a great way to honor a wonderful woman who died of a terrible illness.”

Whether working on computers, setting an example for her kids or showing her dedication to a cause, Stansbury strives to teach students life long lessons outside of the classroom.

“I feel that I teach people skills that they will not just use once, but hopefully throughout their personal and professional lives.” AU