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.
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