East and Winter Park Employees and Student Recognized

Left to right: Daeri Tenery, professor, chemistry, and David Sutton, dean, humanities and foreign languages and former interim dean, science; Mike Lergier, operations manager; and Katrina Zayas, student, with Rufus Glasper, president and CEO, League for Innovation in the Community College

A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses

Valencia College faculty and staff members are dedicated to helping students transcend to excellence. And while all contributions are much appreciated, sometimes an individual’s actions capture an audience. Recently, the efforts of some East and Winter Park employees’ hard work, along with a student, were recognized.

At the American Chemical Society (ACS) Annual Awards Banquet, held at the Blue Heron restaurant in Titusville on Saturday, December 3, 2016, Professor of Chemistry Daeri Tenery was selected to receive the Outstanding Two-Year College Teacher Award from the Orlando Section of the ACS. Click here to see other faculty members who also won awards at the banquet.

David Sutton, dean, humanities and foreign language, and former interim dean, science, recommended Daeri for this award due to her strong teaching abilities, her work with the Continuous Assessment and Responsive Engagement (C.A.R.E.) initiative and her impressive leadership skills.

As a faculty member since 2009, Daeri serves as the liaison between the College’s East Campus Science Division, the University of Central Florida and six other partnering institutions. In this capacity, she helps develop and align curriculum with the purpose of creating efficient pathways to degree completion.

David stated, “Daeri’s focus is always on helping students to succeed. She has made a difference in the education and lives of many Valencia students, and we are lucky to have her as a member of the science division on East Campus.”

Mike Lergier, operations manager, from the Winter Park Campus, recently received a personal thank you letter from Sen. Marco Rubio regarding his involvement in United States Service Academy interviews, which were held on the Winter Park Campus on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Mike prepared campus staff for the program that consisted of three review boards interviewing 70 students who applied for a service academy in Annapolis, West Point or Colorado Springs.

In the letter, Sen. Rubio wrote, “You provided a great experience not only for the Service Academy board but also for our interviewees as well. Without the help of staff and access to your facilities, these interviews could not have taken place. I appreciate your dedication to our military’s future leaders by taking time to facilitate and prepare for this event.”

Information Technology student Katrina Zayas was recently recognized as a Technology Champion for 2016 by the League for Innovation in the Community College at the StemTech November 2016 Conference in Philadelphia.

Heith Hennel, professor, information technology, explains that this scholarship will help Katrina reach her goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in information technology. “You will never meet a more well-mannered, high-achieving, goal oriented student,” Heith said. 

President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College Rufus Glasper said, “The League received a great number of nominations this year, making the choice difficult, but Katrina is such an impressive example of what a Technology Champion should be that the decision was unanimous.”

Katrina was also awarded The Terry O’Banion Student Technology Award scholarship which is presented to students with a career interest in a technology field.

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