Get to know the experts leading your class

Learn a little about our instructors before your training. Here, they share their experience in the medical field and what they like about teaching others.

Norman Corley
Paramedic & CPR Plus Instructor

I love to teach for CPR Plus because the company has an excellent ethic of teaching at a high standard.

I was an EMT from 1980 to 1985, and I’ve been a paramedic since 1986. I retired from working on the ambulance in 2017 after serving 37 years. For 15 of those years, I was a captain and training officer. I’ve been an instructor in BLS, ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, and EMT for more than 20 years.

I love to teach for CPR Plus because the company has an excellent ethic of teaching at a high standard and the programs are very flexible in scheduling. It is always nice to see students faces when they get the concepts and “the light bulb comes on,” so to speak. I’ve taught at many places, so I can say that CPR Plus runs a great program. I highly recommend these courses, from basic CPR for laypersons to the advanced healthcare provider classes.


Kat Downey
Pediatric Critical Care Nurse & CPR Plus Instructor

I love trying to make PALS concepts easy to understand and apply.

I’ve been a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital since 2013. In 2017, I earned my certification as a pediatric critical care nurse (CCRN-Pediatrics). Prior to joining St. Louis Children’s Hospital, I worked in another local hospital for adults for almost six years. 

I have been teaching with CPR Plus for almost four years. I love trying to make PALS concepts easy to understand and apply, especially for people who do not use it everyday and for those who “don’t do peds.”

In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, reading, trying different craft beers and red wines, and spending time with my family and friends, especially my husband and two children.


Tom Morrow
Paramedic/Firefighter & CPR Plus Instructor

I enjoy being an instructor because it is fulfilling and keeps me sharp in my profession. Because new standards and changes are always happening in the medical field, it is important to me to stay current.

I have been a professional paramedic/firefighter for more than 20 years. I have been working for CPR Plus for four years, and the primary disciplines I teach are ACLS, BLS, and PALS.  

I earned my MS in Fire Service Management and Homeland Security Management from Southern Illinois University. I am also certified by the State of Missouri as an EMS Instructor, Fire Instructor I and II, and Hazardous Material Technician. I enjoy being an instructor because it is fulfilling and keeps me sharp in my profession. Because new standards and changes are always happening in the medical field, it is important to me to stay current.

CPR Plus has been a great organization to work for. My co-workers have taught me a great deal over the years on how to be an engaging and interactive instructor. My passion is to share knowledge and to be a “sponge” when others go out of their way to teach me new things. Life is always a learning process.


Margie Sammons
Paramedic & CPR Plus Instructor

My daily objective is to serve and continue to encourage education and emergency medical services. 

I recently retired after 38 years in emergency services. The first ten years of my medical career, I was employed with Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville (where I grew up) and Perry County Ambulance Service. In 1988, I joined Rock Township Ambulance District as a staff paramedic. I held several positions within the department until becoming the chief of the district, and then served as chief for almost 18 years.

I’ve received the Administrator of the Year Award and Presidential Leadership Award through the Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association, Outstanding Citizen of the Year from the Arnold Chamber of Commerce, Service Above Self from the Arnold Rotary Club, and Rotarian of the Year (2018), and the “Mover and Shaker” award from the Jefferson County Business Journal. 

In my free time, I serve as a board member of the Arnold Chamber of Commerce and Jefferson County Community Partnership. I’m also co-chair of the Jefferson County Backstoppers, and I volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

In addition to teaching BLS and ACLS with CPR Plus, I’m an adjunct instructor for the Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic program with Jefferson College.

My daily objective is to serve and continue to encourage education and emergency medical services. 


Mike Show
Paramedic & CPR Plus Instructor

This is one of the best teams I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

Aside from the work I do with CPR Plus, I have been in EMS for almost 14 years, 12 of which I have served as a Paramedic. 

I have been an instructor off and on for the last 10 years or so, and have regularly taught classes for the last several years. What I really enjoy about being an instructor with CPR Plus is the passion and dedication that each member of the team, from Stacy down, brings to the classroom. This is one of the best teams I have ever had the pleasure of working with. 


Karen Wolk
Registered Respiratory Therapist & CPR Plus Instructor

I love the fact that people truly want to learn how to help other people.

I’m a registered respiratory therapist, and I practiced for 15 years. I’ve worked with CPR Plus for three years, and the best part is the students and clients. I love the fact that people truly want to learn how to help other people. I also love that companies can have us come to them, so it’s convenient for their employees to have instruction without needing to go somewhere else. 

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