Roane State program director honored with Outstanding PTA Educator Award

Roane State Community College’s physical therapist assistant program director was recently recognized by the Tennessee chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as an outstanding educator.

Dr. Maribeth Vowell, PT, MPH, Ed.D, received the Outstanding PTA Educator Award at the spring meeting of the APTA Tennessee in Nashville on March 25, 2023.

The award is given to a member of the organization who has demonstrated “outstanding contributions to the education of PTA students,” according to a description by APTA Tennessee.

Recipients must be full-time academic educators in the PTA curriculum in Tennessee. Honorees should also demonstrate “exceptional ability to impact the lives of students and the ability to go above and beyond what is expected as an academic educator.”

“Any professor knows that the greatest secret about teaching is that it can be the most enjoyable job imaginable,” Vowell said. “When I learned I got the award, I was embarrassed to think I could get an award for having fun. And it really does take a village of faculty that share a love and passion for teaching. I am fortunate to have that.”

Dr. Vowell also serves as an associate professor at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus. She has been with the college for more than nine years.

To learn more about Roane State’s physical therapist assistant program, visit the program page online at

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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