Sharon Coffey Educator of the Year

As an up and coming imaging professional, Sharon Coffey attended UTMB at Galveston, and graduated from the Ben Taub General Hospital School of X-ray Technology in 1963. Sharon received her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology from Houston Community College in 1976. She continued her education at the University of Houston earning a Bachelors of Science graduating Magna Cum Laude. Sharon also received a Masters of Science in Occupational Education. As we can see, education was an important part of her life and legacy

She served as both a didactic and clinical instructor for Houston Community College for over 27 years, twice being recognized as the Outstanding Instructor of the year. Sharon’s accomplishments lead her to be listed in the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”.

A standout in the imaging profession, Sharon was honored with Life Membership to TSRT, a recognition that she greatly valued. She was also presenter of the honored “Wade L. Hoots Lecture Series”. She co-authored a published monograph on genitourinary tract trauma entitled, “The Tactical and Operant Diagnosis of Genitourinary Tract Trauma”. Her current writing material can be found in Ballinger’s Merrill’s Atlas of Radiographic Positioning and Radiographic Procedures. She was also a Radiography site visitor for the Joint Review Committee in Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), a position that ensures that educational programs are providing consistent and appropriate education and opportunities for radiography students.

Staying active in her profession was Sharon’s passion. She served as an ASRT Delegate, TSRT President, and a Houston Area Radiologic Technologist Society (HARTS) board member. She rallied in Austin, Texas and did television campaigns to establish the Medical Radiologic Technologist Licensure Act in the State of Texas. Sharon retired in 2008 and continued lecturing until her death in 2009.


2009 – Gloria Clemons – Tarrant County College

2010 – Cleveland Black – Harris Health System

2011 – Christie Carter – Brookhaven College

2012 – Margaret Bishop – Austin Community College

2013 – Melanie Hail – Lone Star Montgomery

2014 – Hazel Bourne – Harris Health Systems

2015 – M. Elia “Smiley” Flores – Blinn College

2016 – Jeniesa Johnson – Tarrant County College

2017 – Sandra Lara – Harris Health Systems

2018 – Gary Morrison- Midwestern State University

2019 – Brenda A. Barrow – Lamar Institute of Technology