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Meet our Faculty

Saruhan Hatipoglu

Saruhan Hatipoglu is an EMS Education Coordinator in Virginia and owner of SAGE Training, LLC. Saruhan has been an active volunteer with field experience for more than a decade. He has taken on the education front of EMS ten years ago and has since been working with EMT candidates ranging from high school students to the U.S. Marine Corps. Saruhan is currently head of the EMT program at the Arlington Career Center (ACC), George Mason High School (GMHS) and Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). Saruhan is also an adjunct faculty in both the Emergency Medical Services department of the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) as well as George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He is currently certified as Virginia Education Coordinator and holds Virginia and National Registry EMT.

Taara Avery

Taara Avery is an EMT psychomotor skills instructor with the high school program at Arlington Career Center. Taara has previously taught skills classes at Anacostia and Eastern High Schools in DC as well as for the Marines and the U.S. Coast Guard. Upon college graduation, Taara wanted to ensure a career in the medical field was right for her. She started working as an EMT to get exposure to the field. Quickly she realized how much she enjoyed the job and has maintained her EMT licensure. As a certified and active EMT Taara uses the skills she teaches daily and is able to give tried and true insights into the different emergency scenarios students learn about. Taara is currently certified as a National Registry EMT.

Stephen Caldwell

Stephen Caldwell is an EMT instructor with SAGE Training. Stephen has been practicing as a paramedic since 2014 and has experience working in a variety of fields of medicine. His areas of practice have included primary response as a firefighter/paramedic, critical care and interfacility transport as well as sports medicine and contractor for special events. He currently practices as a paramedic at the Capital One Area in Washington D.C. alongside physicians, physical therapists and other EMS personnel. Stephen currently holds National Registry certification as a paramedic and is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Jessica Monday

Jessica Monday is an EMT psychomotor skills instructor with Sage Training. She has been an EMT skills instructor for seven years now teaching a broad range of audience ranging from high school students to military personnel. Jessica has been practicing as a volunteer EMT for almost fifteen years. She currently holds the position of EMS Deputy Chief at the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department. In addition, Jessica is a federal contractor as an Armed Security Officer / EMT. Jessica is also in charge of organizing ambulance ride-along/shifts for students. She is certified as a National Registry EMT.