After serving as a registered nurse in several area hospitals for some 30 years Sylvia Hines decided she wanted to do something a little different while staying close to the medical field.
She found exactly what she wanted by becoming a high school health occupations instructor and since 2010 has been on the staff at North Johnston High School in that capacity.
Hines was among those honored recently by Johnston County School Board as a Leading With the Heart Award recipient.
The event, inspired from Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyewski’s book, “Leading with the Heart,” recognizes employees throughout the school system that demonstrate leadership, compassion, and heart on a daily basis.
Hines graduated from North Johnston High in 1980.
She received her bachelor’s in nursing degree at Barton College and her master’s in nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1987.
She worked in the intensive care unit at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount and then in the cardiac thorasic care intensive care unit at Wake Medical Center.
Hines then worked in staff development at Johnston Health in Smithfield and after that she took a job at Clayton High School in 2007 teaching health occupations.
She and moved to North Johnston in 2010
As part of the health occupations curriculum at North Johnston, Hines teaches the certified nursing assistant program, which means she is approved to teach students to become certified nursing assistants while in high school.
“I enjoy what I am doing and it has been very rewarding,” said Hines. “My students touch my heart and make me smile every day.”
“Some of my students have gone into fields like nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy and I have two students who are now in medical school,” said Hines.
“I always try to find opportunities for my kids to give back to the community and expose them to different aspects of the medical field,” said Hines.
She offered as examples the annual North Johnston blood drive coming up on May 5, Special Olympics, life skills classes and the Teddy Bear Clinic.
“Everyone who I teach will not have a career in the medical profession but everyone I teach will be a health care consumer and will need health care sometime,” said Hines.
Hines’ family includes husband Jamie and their three daughters, Caroline, 28, Caitlyn, 27, and Chandler, 20.
“Sylvia Hines shares her true heart as she dreams big for her students,” said North Johnston Principal David West. “She not only teaches curriculum, she teaches life lessons. She is a strong member and anchor of the faculty who strives to maintain a culture of tradition and pride and she epitomizes a model attitude that students and teachers emulate.
“Both to her classroom and beyond she brings school spirit as a NJHS graduate,” said West. “The community views Sylvia Hines as a true asset.
“She is going to help anyone but she truly extends herself for those helping themselves,” said West. “Her students see compassion and caring in action and will use such lessons as they move into positions they can use to inspire others.”