Aimee Sidhu, MA, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy Assistant instructor and fieldwork coordinator, has been an instructor at Bates Technical College since the OTA program began in 2011. Aimee has been an occupational therapist since 2000 and has worked primarily with children with special needs enrolled in Washington or California public schools. Aimee has also worked with older adults recovering from injury or illness in a skilled nursing facility.

Aimee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Pacific University, a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and an Advanced Pediatric Certificate, both from Texas Woman’s University. Aimee believes in the OT motto of living life to the fullest, and enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, hanging out with family, and rooting for the Seahawks. Aimee lives in Tacoma with her husband, Tan, and their two daughters, who have both loved attending the college’s child care center for more than five years.

What inspires you each day?

I am inspired by the dedication of my students to embark on this career journey. Occupational therapy is a helping profession, and the students I have been grateful to work with are consistently reliable, cooperative, kind, friendly and genuine.

How did you choose your particular field? Did you ever want to do anything else?

Occupational therapy is a unique blend of art and science – the art of identifying what is important and motivating to a client, and the science of understanding how the body works and what can lead to health and wellness.

What attracted you to Bates Technical College, and what is your mission as an instructor?

I came to Bates Technical College as a result of taking my pre-natal courses here prior to the birth of my daughter, Nora. Bates has the unique mission clearly identifying educating for employment as a primary goal. It is so important for people to have a job that both pays a living wage, as well as provides fulfillment and pride.

What’s the best part of your job so far?

I really enjoy being creative about learning opportunities. Students learn in a variety of different ways, and it is fun to come up with new ways to learn about a topic or explore new things. I learn from my students every day!


Instructor Aimee Sidhu, L, watches over a student who is practicing OT concepts with a child.

What is your favorite part of working with non-traditional students?

Using teaching methods specifically designed for adult learners incorporating their life experience, their ability to demonstrate professional skills, and their high level of dedication, is the most rewarding part of my job.

What advice would you give to someone who’s considering finishing their degree, or starting for the first time as an adult?

My advice would be – go for it! It is so important to be doing something in your life that is meaningful, personally rewarding, and allows you to realize your potential.