Meet Our Faculty

Kristin Spencer

Kristin Spencer, MS, BSBS, NREMT-P, I/C/E

Kristin began her EMS career in 1994. A housewife at the time, Kristin became engrossed in a television series entitled “Rescue 911.” After watching several episodes, Kristin was determined to become a paramedic. She attended Tulsa Technology Center in Tulsa, OK in 1994. In 1995, she became an Advanced EMT. In 1996, Kristin enrolled in paramedic school and subsequently worked for Emergency Medical Service Authority (EMSA) in Tulsa, OK., as well as St. Francis Hospital’s emergency department. Kristin holds two undergraduate degrees, a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in Journalism/Communications from Oklahoma State University (OSU) -Tulsa. She earned her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with honors from Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in 2011.

Besides working part-time for Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance District (BLCAD) in Monett, MO., Kristin is the EMS Program Director for Crowder College in Neosho, MO.  In 2011, Kristin was selected as the Outstanding Instructor of the Year. Under her supervision, the EMS department has grown exponentially. In 2006, Crowder’s EMS department employed one full-time faculty member. Today, there are three full-time faculty members and eight adjunct instructors. National accreditation was awarded to Crowder’s EMS program in 2012 through CoAEMSP/CAAHEP. In 2013, through collaboration with Medic Training International (MTI), Crowder EMS launched its first International/Domestic hybrid paramedic course—which has been hailed a huge success.

Additionally, Kristin is the Missouri State Coordinator for Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) and is a contributing member of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) education committee. Kristin has published articles in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS).  She is a Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved trainer. Furthermore, she is an adjunct professor at Missouri Southern State University, teaching classes and seminars in topics of Criminal Justice.

Kristin is married to her husband Richard, resides in Joplin, MO., and has two children and two stepchildren.


Kirk WattmanKirk Wattman, JD, NREMT-P, I/C/E

Kirk has 17 years of paramedical experience in the field of EMS. Mr. Wattman has worked as a Paramedic for Newton County Ambulance District (NCAD), MO., Freeman Health System, MO., Metropolitan Ambulance Service Trust (MAST), MO., and Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), Tulsa, OK. He is credentialed in critical care paramedicine (CCEMT-P) and holds certifications in ACLS, PALS, and EMS Instruction. He was a valued member of the Health and Safety Committee during his employment at EMSA and is a NAEMT Safety course instructor. In addition, Mr. Wattman’s legal emphasis is in regulatory compliance with an interest in HIPAA and EMTALA rules and regulations. Kirk became employed at Crowder College in April of 2013 and instructs the international/domestic paramedic hybrid course, launched in June of 2013. Recently, Mr. Wattman was selected to become a line-item writer for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).


Ike IsenhowerIke Isenhower, A.A., NREMT-P, I/C/E

Ike began his illustrious EMS career in 1990, when he attend EMT school. He graduated from the National Park Community College (Hot Springs, AR) paramedic program in 1992. Since then,  Mr. Isenhower has served in virtually every capacity available to an EMS provider. He has been an EMS educator since 2005; training coordinator since 1998; a firefighter/paramedic; clinical and field supervisor; emergency dispatcher; Director of Freeman Ambulance Service (Freeman, MO); staff developer for Healthpark Hospital (Hot Springs, AR) and, currently teaches for Crowder’s highly successful traditional paramedic program. Mr. Isenhower is a certified ACLS instructor, PALS instructor, AMLS instructor, PHTLS provider and  EMS Instructor. Beginning in December of 2013, Mr. Isenhower will be traveling abroad to assist other countries in developing and facilitating psychomotor skills training consistent with NREMT standards. Mr. Isenhower specializes in ECG interpretations including electrophysiology, dysrhythmia recognitions and treatment modalities.