Featured Colleague — Jane Maguire


By Dani Moritz-Long

When Jane Maguire, professor, reading, thinks about her 12 years of service to Valencia, she has an array of accomplishments to be proud of and many delightful experiences to boot. From enhancing the honors program to continuously bettering curriculum development, Jane has consistently contributed bright ideas — transforming good programs into great ones.

But if you asked Jane what her greatest accomplishment at Valencia has been so far, you might be surprised to hear her answer. It isn’t her resume-building achievements or personal kudos that come to mind. It’s her collaboration with her colleagues, who she’s proud to work among.

“I am proud of the fact that anything I have felt good about completing, I have accomplished it with some outstanding educators at our college,” she said.

With the help of her colleagues, she explains, “I have felt inspired to put forth the best effort possible for the good of the Valencia student population.”

Jane, who is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in curriculum instruction with an emphasis in reading instruction, is a long-time veteran of the education field. Since 1980, she has served as a faculty member at several schools and, since joining Valencia’s ranks in 2004, she has contributed to the East Campus Communication Department, instructing integrated reading and writing; to the Education Department, teaching early childhood education; and to the Seneff Honors College, serving as the Seneff Honors College coordinator for the East Campus Undergraduate Research Track.

Along the way, she has earned the appreciation and respect of educators who have collaborated with her.

“Jane is one of the finest faculty I’ve had the opportunity to work with and get to know,” said East Campus Dean of Communications Linda Neal. “Behind her gentle exterior lives an incredibly creative, dedicated team player who consistently places student learning first.”

Looking forward, Jane is excited to continue contributing to the College alongside faculty and deans. Together, Jane hopes she and her colleagues can continue to enhance Valencia’s commitment to students by further developing curriculum enhancements.

“I believe that Valencia signifies to our community that this is the place to fulfill future goals and dreams, no matter how tough the journey,” she said.

Undoubtedly, Valencia educators’ commitment to curriculum helps make that possible, and Jane is happy to play her part.

To help keep herself motivated and keep her creative juices flowing, Jane also dedicates time to outdoor activities with her family. Whether they’re kayaking down a river, snorkeling in the ocean or pitching a tent for a night of camping, the Maguire family is always on the go. Even when the family is at their home, you’ll often find them tinkering in the garden or playing with Buddy, a large black lab who — despite his age — still loves his morning and afternoon walks. Of course, when given the chance, you can also find Jane unwinding with a book. After all, she is a reading teacher.

Know of someone doing great work at the College, 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.


  • Tina Crane said:

    Jane is such a sweet and genuine person! What a blessing to have worked with her in different roles here at Valencia!

    Jane- Valencia is fortunate to have you, and I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work alongside you 😊

    PMTue, 12 Jul 2016 19:11:11 +0000Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:11:11 +0000pm16,7:11 pm

    • Jane Maguire said:


      PMWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:24:52 +0000Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:24:52 +0000pm16,5:24 pm

  • Michelle said:

    Congratulations Jane! It is a sincere pleasure to work with you each and every day!

    PMTue, 12 Jul 2016 19:17:34 +0000Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:17:34 +0000pm16,7:17 pm

    • Jane Maguire said:


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  • Erin said:

    Jane is super! Funny, sweet, smart, and kind!

    PMTue, 12 Jul 2016 21:12:40 +0000Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:12:40 +0000pm16,9:12 pm

    • Jane Maguire said:

      Thanks Erin, and I wish you all the best on your new adventure! Keep me posted 🙂

      PMWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:26:23 +0000Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:26:23 +0000pm16,5:26 pm

  • Abby said:

    Jane Maguire is a dedicated professor. I have seen her have a phone call with an online student and troubleshoot them through their online class issue. She truly offers more care and assistance than I’ve experienced with professors at UCF with online classes.

    It’s great to read about her here on The Grove!

    AMWed, 13 Jul 2016 01:40:00 +0000Wed, 13 Jul 2016 01:40:00 +0000am16,1:40 am

    • Jane Maguire said:

      Oh Abby! Thank you so much for your comment and I am glad you had a chance to experience Valencia College at its finest. You will do great at UCF – I believe in you~

      PMWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:30:12 +0000Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:30:12 +0000pm16,5:30 pm

  • JEDD COLE said:

    Jane, Nice article and way to go!!!

    AMWed, 13 Jul 2016 09:43:05 +0000Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:43:05 +0000am16,9:43 am

    • Jane Maguire said:

      Thank you so much~ see you in a few bro 🙂 Just had to share with family 🙂

      PMWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:31:03 +0000Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:31:03 +0000pm16,5:31 pm

  • Jo Cole said:

    we are so proud of our daughter and her family. Thanks for all the support she gets from her colleagues.

    PMWed, 13 Jul 2016 16:50:42 +0000Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:50:42 +0000pm16,4:50 pm

    • Jane Maguire said:

      Thanks mom!~ See you in a few days…reunions and relaxation – the 2 Rs love and hugs!~

      PMWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:32:18 +0000Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:32:18 +0000pm16,5:32 pm

  • Pam Foley said:

    PEO is proud to call you a sister! Education is the key, and you're right there unlocking the door for so many. Thanks for you dedication, it's a hard job and we appreciate all you do!!!!!

    PMWed, 13 Jul 2016 21:26:17 +0000Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:26:17 +0000pm16,9:26 pm

  • Anonymous said:

    Thanks Pam! We will keep reaching the stars for scholarships 🙂

    PMWed, 13 Jul 2016 21:41:11 +0000Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:41:11 +0000pm16,9:41 pm

  • Karen Cowden said:

    Love, love, love Jane!

    AMThu, 14 Jul 2016 11:04:26 +0000Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:04:26 +0000am16,11:04 am

  • Geraldine Habas said:

    How absolutely wonderful that your contributions and continued dedication to educating the youth of America have been recognized!!! You are a super “star” in every aspect of your life… Your values and instructional skills have made you a cherished faculty member …Cheers and continued success!!! Toasting you with a bouquet of daisies….!!!

    PMThu, 14 Jul 2016 16:45:05 +0000Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:45:05 +0000pm16,4:45 pm

  • Anonymous said:

    Thank you so much!

    PMThu, 14 Jul 2016 18:11:58 +0000Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:11:58 +0000pm16,6:11 pm

  • Sharon Cole said:

    Loved reading this and hearing from many of the lives you have touched. Looking forward to seeing you!!! Love ya!

    PMFri, 15 Jul 2016 14:02:04 +0000Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:02:04 +0000pm16,2:02 pm

  • Sara Cole said:

    Proud to see you get recognition for the commitment you have made to not only the Valencia community, but to education as a whole! You could not be more deserving and I am super proud of you. Much love and congratulations!

    PMFri, 15 Jul 2016 20:19:27 +0000Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:19:27 +0000pm16,8:19 pm

  • Jane said:

    Oh thank you so much!

    PMFri, 15 Jul 2016 21:40:52 +0000Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:40:52 +0000pm16,9:40 pm

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