Instructors

Erica SmithErica Smith
Instructor

Erica has been following God’s lead in the school health office setting by evaluating and assessing social, medical and emotional needs for underprivileged children and youth for the last 16 years. She is employed with the largest Elementary School District in Maricopa County and leads a school wide emergency response team. During the summers away from school, she continues to engage youth by learning what it takes to be an emergency responder. How to be comfortable helping with seizures, diabetic emergencies, anaphylaxis, stroke, heart attacks and cardiac arrest in the pre-hospital setting.

Prior to her career in the schools, Erica worked in the mental health field as a case manager advocating for adults with mental illness. She collaborated with physicians and nurses to develop treatment plans for thousands of individuals suffering from addiction, Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Bipolar and personality disorders within our public mental health system in Arizona.

She is certified with the American Heart Association as a BLS instructor and received her National Registry EMT certification in 2001. She is also a licensed nursing assistant with the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

She is a wife and mother of three beautiful children, and a Mimi to two gorgeous little boys.

Taylor SmithTaylor Smith
Instructor

Taylor Smith is a Bachelor prepared Registered Nurse. She received her Bachelors Degree from Arizona State University. She currently works at Banner Del Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, Arizona. She is Neuro/Stroke Nurse on a Progressive Care Unit, and possess a NIHSS Stroke Certification, as well as an Advanced Life Support Certification. She looks very young when you first meet her, but she has been a nurse for 3 years, and has been in healthcare for a total of 6 years. She really enjoys teaching, and incorporating fun in to everything she does.

She has a husband and two Labrador Retrievers (13 and 6 years old). Her and her husband have been married for 3 years, and have been together for over 8 years. They both enjoy working with and building computers in their free time.