Alumni Spotlight: Tara Cicero, Registered Nurse and JTHS Bridge Builder

2/26/2020, 10:12 p.m.
Career & Education At-a-Glance · University of St. Francis (BSN) · University of Illinois at Chicago · Current -Endoscopy (Surgical ...

Career & Education At-a-Glance

· University of St. Francis (BSN)

· University of Illinois at Chicago

· Current -Endoscopy (Surgical Services) at Amita Health.

· Previous - University of Chicago Medicine (Hematology-Oncology, Urology, Nurse Recruitment, & Radiology) and Joliet District #86 as a School Nurse

Joliet Central High School graduate Tara Cicero, RN ('94) exemplifies the spirit of helping others, using her education and work ethic to protect lives everyday as a registered nurse. She now proudly works in Endoscopy at Amita Health in Joliet. Previously, she worked at the University of Chicago Medicine in Hematology-Oncology, Urology, Nurse Recruitment, & Radiology and also worked in Joliet District #86 as a School Nurse.

Cicero’s roots are strong in Joliet, having attended Eisenhower Academy, Washington Jr. High & Academy, and Joliet Central High School. While at Central, Tara took advantage of the opportunities available by joining and being an active member of JROTC, the Minority Achievement Program (MAP), and honors courses. She served as the President of Student Council and the Secretary of the National Honor Society and organized many school events. She also was selected as a WGN Award Winner, which resulted in an all-school assembly with a representative from WGN who broadcasted the ceremony. Tara was also a member of the Freshman Court and was the Homecoming Queen senior year. Upon graduation, Tara received various awards which included perfect attendance for four years.

After graduating from Joliet Central High School in 1994, Cicero attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and later the University of St. Francis where she received her BSN. Cicero currently has her certification in PALS and ACLS and is an ACE Certified Health Coach. During her time at Amita (at the time Presence Health), Cicero also held an officer position as Secretary of the Clinical Leadership Council. Cicero has also facilitated Stress Management/Self-Care workshops for various organizations.

When asked what advice she offers for current high school students, Cicero said, “I would encourage all students to stay focused on their education and get involved in various activities. Set short-term and long-term goals. Study hard and have fun. This will allow your high school experience to be memorable, exciting, and all worth it! This will also set you apart from your peers as balanced and well-rounded. Make sure you take breaks to decrease burn out and ensure stress management. Enjoy the journey.”

Cicero also said, “A special thank you to my parents Cal and Doris Bruton. God truly blessed me when he gave me my parents! They were very supportive, and I appreciate them for always being there for me. It wasn’t until we had our own children that I truly understood the loving sacrifice they made. I would also like to thank my wonderful children, Taylor and Troy Jr. for their constant support and for being great students and continuing to excel in academics, sports, and extra-curricular activities. Also, to my supportive husband Troy Cicero, Sr. of seventeen years.”

Cicero added, “A special thank you to all of the teachers, deans, counselors, office staff, and security guards during that time. Those were the days when school support felt like family to me. I have a special appreciation for all educators, thank you for all you do!”

Cicero volunteers as a JTHS Bridge Builder, meaning she offers her time to serve as a bridge between schools and families. Click here to learn more about the Bridge Builder Program:https://www.jths.org/family-resources/bridge-builders