By Wendy Jo Moyer
The old adage “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” perfectly describes Administrative Assistant Amy Sorrough, who just happens to have fallen into a similar role that her mom, Administrative Assistant Sharon Sorrough, has held for 30 years.
“My mom has worked here my whole life,” Amy exclaimed. “The biggest attribute that I love most about my life and working here is that I’ve had her as a rock to go to — and both of my parents have supported me and pushed me to do better. I am who I am today because of them.”
Amy joined the team in 2010 in multiple part-time roles when she was a Valencia College student, including working on the Student Development Welcome team making identification cards, giving tours and working events; as an instructional assistant in the Communications Center setting up appointments, tutoring, orienting students and assisting them on computers; and in the Library Computer Access Lab orienting students, offering computer workshops and assisting on projects.
And now, for the past four years, she’s taken after her mom as an administrative assistant, working for Academic Dean of Arts and Humanities Ana Caldero. Amy has the important job of inputting all Arts and Humanities classes into Banner, coordinating text books with the Campus Store, handling faculty contracts, assisting students with registration, supporting Ana and faculty, and coordinating Arts and Humanities events, including the Day of the Dead, Poet’s Cafe and the “What is Arts and Humanities?” tabling event that promotes the department’s courses.
“I’m here to make sure that everything runs smoothly for everyone in Arts and Humanities and that the learning experience is the best that it can be,” Amy shared.
And her supervisor, Ana, appreciates the work Amy does to make sure the department runs smoothly. “You can say Amy Sorrough has grown up at Valencia,” Ana said. “She has been part of the Valencia’s community since she was born. She has been a student, a student leader and she had her first part-time job here with us. She is talented and creative. She believes in truth and doing the right thing. She is an essential member of the Arts and Humanities Department. Amy is much more than my administrative assistant. Amy cares about Valencia, the department, faculty, and she is aware of students’ needs. She is the force behind many of the Arts and Humanities events and initiatives. She is dependable and trustworthy. Integrity is the foundation on which Amy build her relationships at Valencia. I am blessed she is by my side every day. My work is better because she is next to me. Amy certainly makes Valencia a better place to start.”
Amy credits Valencia for truly making her who she is today and for the confidence her College activities have instilled in her.
“I’m very grateful because I was always really shy and didn’t know what I wanted to do,” she explained. “Valencia gave me a place to join clubs, get involved, meet new people, work with professors and see that there are different avenues you can take and that it’s okay to not know right away what you want to do. By being a Valencia student and now employee, I’ve been able to step out of my comfort zone and get to know more people and feel comfortable standing in front of groups giving presentations and running events, so it’s given me a confidence level in myself personally, professionally and academically.”
Now she helps others grow personally, professionally and academically.
“What inspires me most is being able to see people get excited about being educated and to be able to step in that role and help as well, whether that’s with my experience teaching Skillshops, planning events for students or watching professors come up with new ideas for their classrooms,” she said. “That is my favorite part — finding new and fun ways to educate and seeing people get excited about learning.”
In her free time, Amy likes to take advantage of Central Florida’s vibrant arts scene, whether that’s checking out plays (especially plays that feature her colleague and friend Administrative Assistant Sarah Lockard), visiting museums and taking in a concert, as well as trying new food and traveling to learn as much as she can about different cultures.
A 2012 Valencia graduate, Amy also earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and is now working on her master’s degree in communication from Southern New Hampshire University.
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.