March 2017 West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation Best Practices

Each month, the West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation (CTLI) team highlights one topic of interest to our learning community in the West Campus Concentrate. We hope that you will find the information engaging and beneficial to your work in teaching and learning.

This month, we are focusing on addressing and meeting the needs of your students’ strengths.

TED Talk Video: What Reality are You Creating for Yourself? — Isaac Lidsky

How do we help students create a reality for themselves?

Our TED Talk video features Isaac Lidsky, a blind CEO of a company in Orlando, who shaped his reality by accepting his strengths and weaknesses, harnessing his strengths and holding himself accountable regardless of his deficiencies. Unfortunately, for some of our students, they tend to focus on their weaknesses rather than their strengths, and, as a result, they do not feel that they have the ability to create a new reality.

Featured Faculty: Counselors Celeste Henry and Remy Ansiello

Our featured faculty members are Counselors Celeste Henry and Remy Ansiello who share a wealth of information in terms of the resources and the services they provide to our students.Their services aid students in creating a reality for themselves and in achieving academic and non-academic success. Furthermore, the West Campus CTLI team hopes that by sharing this information, it will provide additional ideas and resources that can be applied to your teaching practice.

With more than 40 years of service in education, the past 10 years with Valencia, Celeste Henry, counselor, career development, is armed with a Bachelor of Science in art education, a Master of Science in counseling and an Ed.D in education. Celeste is a card carrying purpose statement educator. “I am a creative, curious, compassionate woman, whose purpose is to live a life of EDventure and serve others in their discovery,” she shared.

Remy Ansiello has been a tenured counselor at Valencia for six years and currently serves as career counselor, dean of students. He also teaches various sections of humanities. Remy earned his Associate in Arts from Valencia and both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Rollins College. He is completing his doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of Central Florida.


  1. Valencia Skillshops – The Skillshops program offers free workshops, or mini courses, that provide real-life solutions to common student issues. The primary goals of these Skillshops are to: assist students in their academic, personal, career, cultural, social and personal development; foster holistic development; encourage learning outside the classroom; and assist students with making a strong connection to Valencia.
  2. Underprepared Students Resource Links by NACADA
  3.  Green Bag Campaign – The Green Bag Campaign is a counselor-led initiative designed to improve students’ ability to employ academic success skills and emotional coping strategies. The campaign includes campus workshops, class presentations and tabling.

Upcoming Events and Professional Development

Listed below are faculty development courses that can assist you in addressing and meeting the needs of your students’ strengths.

For directions on how to register for these courses, click here.

For additional information or advice on engaging students in your classroom, contact or visit the Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation.

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