Featured Colleague – Jenny Charriez


By Chara Young

Whether you’ve attended a course offered through Valencia EDGE or worked with Jenny Charriez on instructional design, one thing may have resonated with you – her heart for teaching.

Adjunct faculty, instructional designer, these are just a few of the many roles Jenny has had throughout her career with the College. Beginning as a work study student in the computer lab on the Osceola Campus, Jenny quickly felt “at home,” knowing that Valencia was a place where she hoped to have a long career.

Graduating from Valencia in 1998 with an associate’s degree in accounting – yes accounting – Jenny went on to the University of Central Florida (UCF) where she earned a bachelor’s degree in the same field. After completing her degree at UCF, Jenny worked at Valencia as an instructional assistant in the academic computer labs. In this role, she supported math, English and accounting students and made sure that the 50 computers were operational and ready for use.

Never one to remain idle, in 2000, after graduating from UCF, Jenny served as the first co-chair of the Osceola campus’ Career Staff Association, and took on her first teaching role as an adjunct faculty member, facilitating face-to-face and web enhanced sections of basic accounting, independent tax and pre-algebra for CROP, the College Reach-Out Program.

In 2003, Jenny transitioned into positions that required a focus on information technology (IT), such as coordinator of reference information systems and technology learning center manager, where she collaborated with campus faculty members on the acquisition of learning resources and instructional technology. She also trained faculty, staff and students on the proper use of the resources and various IT initiatives.

Over the next few years, Jenny continued her extracurricular work and was recognized in 2004 and 2005 with the Outstanding Public Service award for coordinating the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program at Osceola campus. During this time, she was also very active in Leadership Valencia, the college’s professional development program at the time, where she facilitated over 160 technology workshops.

Before moving into her current position as the Director of Employee Development, Jenny was an instructional design specialist from 2006-2011. In this role she was well known as a “go-to” person for both faculty and staff alike who appreciated her willingness to help and her gift for teaching. As a result, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) presented her with two recognition awards; one for outstanding leadership in the use of instructional technologies (2009) and the other for being a “weekend warrior” (2010).

In 2011, Jenny earned a master of arts in education with a specialization in adult education and training, and shortly thereafter, transitioned into her current role. Since arriving in the Office for Organizational Communication and Development (OOCD), Jenny has led the implementation of a new employee development system , customized and facilitated department training and most recently co-lead the Academy of Learning Leaders.

Of her many accomplishments at Valencia, Jenny accredits several people who inspired and helped her along the way during many phases of her career, including Dale Husbands, dean of business, information technology and social sciences, and Denise Ross, director of certificate programs in information technology, who taught her that “there is nothing that [she] cannot achieve.” As a young Valencia student, Jenny shares, “this advice was invaluable.”

As for her educational philosophy, she thanks Tim Grogan, biology professor, who she says “helped shape the educator [she] would become,” and shares that he is the first one who introduced her to the big idea that “anyone can learn anything given the right conditions.”

When asked what Valencia means to her, Jenny quickly responds, “Growth. Valencia, to me, is a place where you grow, where you find yourself, and where you find others on a similar path, who can enhance that journey.”

She expresses that her heart still belongs to Osceola campus, where she first began as a student and was so warmly welcomed and embraced. It’s no surprise that Osceola is also the place where she met her husband, Javier Charriez, instructional support supervisor for the Osceola Campus learning center. Together they have a six-year-old son, named Ilan.

Know someone doing great work at the college? Send your recommendation to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu and he or she may be one of our featured colleagues!


  • Migdalia said:

    Jenny, my dear friend and colleague :-).
    I am very proud of you! Thank you for all your support throughout the past years and looking forward the years to come.

    AMTue, 23 Jul 2013 10:49:05 +0000Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:49:05 +0000am13,10:49 am

  • Edwin Lopez said:


    PMTue, 23 Jul 2013 17:19:44 +0000Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:19:44 +0000pm13,5:19 pm

  • Ana J Caldero said:

    Jenny is just one of those wonderful people I have had the pleasure of knowing at Valencia. She is a bright star. I miss you girl! I wish for you and your family the best this universe has to offer!
    You deserve it!

    PMTue, 23 Jul 2013 19:39:01 +0000Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:39:01 +0000pm13,7:39 pm

  • Amy Bosley said:

    So happy to see you featured, Jenny! Your energy, passion, enthusiasm, intelligence, and drive add up to make the employee development office an example of true excellence. Thank you for all you do – for being a treasured colleague and friend – and for ALL the coffee :)! Congratulations!

    PMTue, 23 Jul 2013 20:18:15 +0000Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:18:15 +0000pm13,8:18 pm

  • Carol Millenson said:


    I am glad to see you featured where all your Valencia colleagues can at least view the "Reader's Digest" version of your story.

    You have truly inspired excellence, innovation, and creative perspective in every role and every project that has experienced your touch! More than that, you have touched the people in your work…you are a great gift to Valencia and to me! I love every opportunity to work and share with you!

    AMWed, 24 Jul 2013 06:07:58 +0000Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:07:58 +0000am13,6:07 am

  • Rooney said:

    Way to go Jenny!! Much continued success and blessings, well done!

    AMWed, 24 Jul 2013 07:45:42 +0000Wed, 24 Jul 2013 07:45:42 +0000am13,7:45 am

  • Patti Smith said:

    What a wonderful feature about you Jenny! Well deserved!

    AMWed, 24 Jul 2013 07:55:12 +0000Wed, 24 Jul 2013 07:55:12 +0000am13,7:55 am

  • Hassan El Idrissi said:

    The hardest working women I ever met. Don’t be surprised if you get an e-mail l at 2am from Jenny asking you to check (first thing in the morning) this or that data .
    I learned a lot from you and it’s a really a pleasure to have a peer like yourself. I wish you and your family a prosperous future.

    AMWed, 24 Jul 2013 08:40:36 +0000Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:40:36 +0000am13,8:40 am

  • Leda Pacheco said:

    Jenny, I am very proud of being part of your team! I admire your energy, your intelligence and your passion for learning. Thank you for all you do!

    AMWed, 24 Jul 2013 09:00:19 +0000Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:00:19 +0000am13,9:00 am

  • Jeff hogan said:

    You embody the spirit had earned us the Aspen Prize

    AMWed, 24 Jul 2013 09:18:20 +0000Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:18:20 +0000am13,9:18 am

  • Jeff hogan said:

    P.s. always proofread when posting from an iPad

    AMWed, 24 Jul 2013 09:19:20 +0000Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:19:20 +0000am13,9:19 am

  • Steve Sheikh said:

    It has always been a pleasure working with you. Your professionalism, intelligence and passion coupled with your warm and caring personality are great assets contributing to your personal and the Valencia team success.

    AMWed, 24 Jul 2013 09:52:47 +0000Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:52:47 +0000am13,9:52 am

  • Brian Macon said:

    I still remember the days on west campus when you would drop by my office to show me a "cool new learning tool" for my math classes. So proud of you Jenny!!

    PMWed, 24 Jul 2013 15:54:19 +0000Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:54:19 +0000pm13,3:54 pm

  • D. HILTON said:

    To Ms. "J"!!!…A well deserved writeup and a HUGE Thank You for all that you do!!! A pleasure to have you as a MEMBER OF THE TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!

    AMThu, 25 Jul 2013 10:33:45 +0000Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:33:45 +0000am13,10:33 am

  • Andy Ray said:

    Jenny –
    You're the best, a real asset to all Valencians, and a lot of fun to hang with at NISOD.
    Keep up the great work!

    PMWed, 31 Jul 2013 18:58:39 +0000Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:58:39 +0000pm13,6:58 pm

  • Karen Conn said:

    It is a delight to see Jenny featured in this edition. What an awesome lady! I have always admired her patience, enthusiasm, and her remarkable ability to connect to others.

    PMWed, 07 Aug 2013 17:18:29 +0000Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:18:29 +0000pm13,5:18 pm

  • Angela T said:

    Congratulations on being recognized Jenny – I love all the new information you provide me on developing our Valencia employees (family)! You are always there to help and support! Thank you.

    PMWed, 04 Sep 2013 17:39:07 +0000Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:39:07 +0000pm13,5:39 pm

  • Dori said:

    Beautiful photo of you!

    PMTue, 07 Jul 2015 16:15:16 +0000Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:15:16 +0000pm15,4:15 pm

  • Jeff Nardo said:

    Can't think of many people I've ever worked with who are more worthy of this recognition. Jenny you are one of my "all time favorite" coworkers, and I enjoy our conversations on "andragogy"!

    AMWed, 24 Feb 2016 07:34:19 +0000Wed, 24 Feb 2016 07:34:19 +0000am16,7:34 am

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