Noel Neptune M.Ed., A.T.C.
- Hardin-Simmons University, M.Ed., 2004
- Wilmington College of Ohio, B.S., 2002
Noel Neptune, M.Ed., ATC has been an integral faculty member at the University of Southern Maine since 2015, serving as the clinical education coordinator since 2015 and the program director from 2017-2018. Noel earned her Master of Education from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX and her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH.
Noel has practiced athletic training clinically in both traditional and non-traditional settings across multiple states, and often with a dual role as an athletic training faculty member! She remains clinically active through per diem coverage at the University of Southern Maine and high schools in the Maine community.
Recognized as the WVATA Educator of the Year in 2015, Noel has developed a contemporary teaching expertise in orthopedic assessment and diagnosis, and clinical education and skills based courses - with a particular joy in teaching preventative taping, wrapping and bracing! Noel is always looking for ways to enrich students’ experiences and strengthen the athletic training education curriculum. Her passion for cultural competence and interprofessional education has exposed students to diverse guest speakers and special events, such as the “Empowering Cultural Education” lunch and learn session in 2019.
Neptune also serves as the Athletic Training Student Association (ATSA) faculty advisor, sharing her leadership and mentoring with athletic training students. The USM ATSA consistently develops and supports student leadership opportunities, such as conference attendance, Quiz Bowl participation, and committee representation, as well as community service. Noel often leads her students by example as she is engaged in volunteering in the community though the local animal refuge league, Big Brother/Big Sister, as well as providing medical services for Special Olympics Maine.