“Teaching is one of the hardest, yet most rewarding jobs I’ve ever done.”

Andrea Gutmann ‘09, ‘11 worked for five years as a sonographer in a clinic affiliate health care system, and in that time, she worked with Mount Aloysius sonography students in a clinical setting. It’s one of the reasons she returned to teaching.

“Ultrasound has always been a love of mine, so teaching students throughout their academic careers and witnessing their journey has been very humbling,” she said. “They start off knowing very little about what sonography is, and progress to presenting case studies independently on cases they participated in. It’s very rewarding.”

As a student at the Mount, Andrea started in the radiography department, but she felt like something was missing. Then, one day during a clinical rotation, she observed a sonography exam and immediately fell in love.

“It wasn’t that radiography was missing anything, but rather my passion was for the one-on-one nature and in-depth knowledge base that goes into being a sonographer that was the difference.”

She graduated with her AS in Radiology and immediately began her degree in sonography. Andrea hasn’t looked back since.

One of the most important things she teaches her students is to care about their patients.

“It’s so easy to get caught up in protocols, pathologies, and scanning techniques when learning as a student. But don’t set aside the importance of truly caring for your patient as a person. They’re the reason we do what we do!”