Featured Colleague: Academic Advisor Teshia Mincey on Her Journey from Student Worker to Academic Advisor

By Dani Moritz-Long

Then a student on Osceola Campus, Academic Advisor Teshia Mincey’s Valencia career began for simple reasons. Working as an Atlas Lab work-study student, she explained, “was a way for me to attend school full time and earn some extra money.”

As it happens, her work-study position also became a catalyst for her career.

Fondly recollecting her ah-ha moment when she realized she wanted to build a career at Valencia, she said, “I knew I wanted to grow within Valencia to be a part of something that was benefiting the community and changing student lives.”

A decade later, that’s exactly what she continues to do.

Along the way, Teshia has grown tremendously. She’s earned her associate degree, her bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in community college higher education at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She’s also grown from a student leader and work-study student to a support specialist II, an Answer Center advisor and, most recently, an academic advisor.

Perhaps most importantly, she’s blossomed as an individual.

“I’m proud of seeing myself grow from a timid non-traditional student to the confident academic advisor who I am today, but that would not have been possible if it were not for the influential Valencia professors and various staff members and supervisors who helped me find my advising voice.”

Today, Teshia proudly uses that voice to give back to the community that, in many ways, made her who she is today.

“I’m proud to see our students have their ah-ha moments, discover their paths and use what they’ve learned at Valencia to help them to achieve their career and life goals,” she said.

For example, she explained, a Valencia graduate recently reconnected with her to share a progress report.

“One of my former students I advised from her first term at Valencia until she graduated last year stopped by the campus to let me know she’ll be graduating from UCF in spring 2018, and she wanted to thank me for helping her along the way,” Teshia said. “That’s what makes me smile —  to know I helped someone along their journey as others have helped me.”

Commenting on Teshia’s ability to help and inspire others, Christopher Garner-Quintero, assistant director, advising, said, “Teshia is a team member I consider to be a uniting force on the team. She has a remarkable way in which she works with students and brings a unified force to the team that focuses on service and quality. She is a true asset and talented advisor and is a true inspiration to everyone around her.”

In her free time, you can find Teshia enjoying the humor in life, writing poetry and making memories with friends, family and her 4-year-old poodle, Zoey.

Know of someone who embodies one of Valencia’s Values (learning, people, diversity, access or integrity), who has been an employee for one year or more? Send the colleague’s name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu. He or she might be one of our featured colleagues, subject to supervisor’s approval.

9 Comments

  • Eileen Lowe said:

    You are an amazing advisor. Your knowledge and experiences are as valuable as your willingness to share. Kudos to you Teshia, "teamwork makes the dreamwork," as you so often say.

    PMTue, 09 May 2017 14:47:09 +0000Tue, 09 May 2017 14:47:09 +0000pm17,2:47 pm

  • Melissa Alicea said:

    Thank you for all your hard work! I applaud you on your years of dedication and student support.

    PMTue, 09 May 2017 15:36:21 +0000Tue, 09 May 2017 15:36:21 +0000pm17,3:36 pm

  • Nicholle Trapp said:

    Teisha, This is such a well deserved recognition!! You are a one-of-a-kind, compassionate advisor who has helped sooo many students successfully navigate through course selections and career options! Thank you for training our Answer Center staff as well, we appreciate you!

    AMWed, 10 May 2017 08:53:06 +0000Wed, 10 May 2017 08:53:06 +0000am17,8:53 am

  • Melanie Rodriguez said:

    Congrats Teshia on becoming featured colleague!!! You are such a great advisor and have been such an inspiration to me when I first started on the team! Much overdue – but thank you!! 🙂

    AMWed, 10 May 2017 09:49:57 +0000Wed, 10 May 2017 09:49:57 +0000am17,9:49 am

  • Mia Pierre said:

    Way to go Teisha and Congratulations.

    AMWed, 10 May 2017 10:31:52 +0000Wed, 10 May 2017 10:31:52 +0000am17,10:31 am

  • Ilia Cordero said:

    So nice to finally see you here being recognized for all your great work, I appreciate our partnership and our continued friendship. Kudos to you!!

    AMWed, 10 May 2017 11:18:14 +0000Wed, 10 May 2017 11:18:14 +0000am17,11:18 am

  • Teshia said:

    Aww! Thanks everyone for all the nice comments 🙂 I see all of us as family helping each other out! Much like I wish for myself I also wish everyone much success in all our endeavors! Thanks again.

    PMWed, 10 May 2017 14:22:23 +0000Wed, 10 May 2017 14:22:23 +0000pm17,2:22 pm

  • Stanton Reed said:

    Awesome work Teshia!

    PMWed, 10 May 2017 17:49:24 +0000Wed, 10 May 2017 17:49:24 +0000pm17,5:49 pm

  • M Morrell said:

    I have had the privilege to work with and learn from Teshia. You are an amazing support and resource to both students and your Valencia family. You are a true advocate of education and Valencia has hit the jackpot having you as an Academic Advisor. – Teamwork makes the Dream Work
    MM

    PMThu, 11 May 2017 16:00:58 +0000Thu, 11 May 2017 16:00:58 +0000pm17,4:00 pm

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