Featured Colleague: Luz Montanez Overcomes Language Barrier with the Help of Valencia

By Dani Moritz-Long

When Custodial Working Supervisor Luz Montanez thinks about Valencia, she thinks about the College’s slogan, “A Great Place to Start.”

And while the slogan clearly applies to our students, who enjoy an open-access, hands-on education at Valencia, Luz knows from personal experience the catchy tagline also applies to the Valencia employee experience.

For Luz, and many of her colleagues, Valencia has proven a safe place to explore opportunities and overcome challenges. Luz, for example, began her role at the College nearly eight years ago before she perfected the English language. With the help of the College and her colleagues, she’s found inspiration to navigate that challenge while taking advantage of opportunities for growth.

“I am so glad that my supervisor Amy Matson [Custodial Services Supervisor] saw my dedication and sense of responsibility and gave me the opportunity to be a working supervisor,” Luz said. “The fact that my lack of knowing the English language to perfection has not put any limits on me advancing in my role [is something I’m very grateful for]. I have already enrolled with Valencia to learn the English language to perfection, and I am thankful for that great opportunity. I am in the perfect place to achieve that goal.”

Amy commented, “Luz always goes above and beyond to get the job done and takes great pride in her work. She is an asset to the custodial staff and pays attention to details. She’s always looking for ways to improve herself — taking English classes to improve her English and signing up for additional training to enhance her skills as the working supervisor.”

Luz also finds inspiration in the College’s congenial atmosphere.

“My role at Valencia as a working supervisor is very demanding and important, but I love it,” Luz explained. “I feel like it is in my hands to give each student that registers for the first time that first great impression. I feel that having that experience is something they will always remember and share with their families about how great our facilities are and look. It is a great feeling to have a student approach you and say, ‘Thank you for doing such a great job and keeping our place clean and pleasant.’ Those things give me the impulse to work with such great pleasure and passion.”

Likewise, she’s inspired by the kindness her colleagues exhibit. “It inspires me every time I see the friendliness and care each person here gives those who come in.”

In her free time, you can find Luz practicing sewing, mending her daughter’s clothes or making doggy-clothes for her four Chihuahuas.

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.


  • Mildred Morales said:

    My sweet and dear Luz,,,you are so deserving of this recognition. You are so committed on doing a wonderful job. When you worked on West,,we really did enjoy your friendship,,,your commitment…your positive attitude always. We still miss you and just know that we are so very proud of you. May the Lord bless every day of your life. Huge hug for you my darling.

    PMTue, 08 Aug 2017 16:54:55 +0000Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:54:55 +0000pm17,4:54 pm

  • Crucita Pabon said:

    Luz, I am so happy for your success at Valencia. I always remember you when you were working in SSB – West Campus. I remember encouraging you and telling you, YES you can do this. I am so proud of you.

    PMTue, 08 Aug 2017 17:01:50 +0000Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:01:50 +0000pm17,5:01 pm

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