Santa Rosa Junior College Instructor Named EMS Educator Of The Year

He was 23 years old when he started teaching at Santa Rosa Junior College. Forty years later, associate faculty instructor Chris Lebaudor has been named
Emergency Medical Services — EMS— Educator of the Year for the state of California.

During his tenure, his contributions have far surpassed the four walls of a classroom. Lebaudor authored several textbooks and is a seasoned presenter for local, regional, state, national and international EMS conferences.

The ICARE Ethics and Values training program— widely adopted by NAEMSE and numerous EMS organizations across the United States — was developed in 2004 by Lebaudor’s students following one of his lectures.

He currently serves as an EMS administrator for the County of Marin, and previously held roles as director of education for REACH Air Medical Services and director of learning and organizational development at Falck.

Lebaudor has served on the National Association of EMS Educators Board for six years and was integral in developing the 2009 National EMS Education Standards and the NAEMSE instructor courses IC1 and IC2.

Lebaudor has participated in multiple NAEMSE committees, including Education, Distance Learning, and Education Standards, and has conducted multiple national educational workshops for new and experienced educators.

He is a 2023-2024 mentor for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians —NAEMT—Lighthouse Leadership Mentor Program. He also helped to develop the ICARE Ethics and Values training program, widely adopted by NAEMSE and numerous EMS organizations across the United States. He was a seasoned presenter at local, regional, state, national, and international conferences for over a decade.

Lebaudor, who is retiring this spring, has done his part in training the workforce of the future. He has published many textbooks, including as lead author of “EMT Complete — A Comprehensive Worktext” (Pearson Publishing), lead author of “Emergency Medical Responder-First On Scene” (Pearson Publishing), contributing author for the “Foundations of Education: An EMS Approach,” 1st edition (Jones & Bartlett), lead author of “Emergency Responder – Advanced First Aid for Non-EMS Personnel” (Pearson Publishing), and co-author of “The Active Learning Manual for EMT” (Pearson Publishing).

“Lebaudor stands as a dedicated leader and mentor, having contributed significantly to the development of educational standards, authoring textbooks, and fostering the growth of the next generation of EMS leaders,” Santa Rosa Junior College said Monday in a statement.

He will receive the award March 22 at an event at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone in St. Helena.

Lebaudor is among 86,000 licensed or certified EMS providers in California and has maintained certification since 1979.

According to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, Lebaudor is a “humble yet influential figure in EMS education, contributing significantly to the growth of the next generation of EMS leaders.”