Meet Our New Full-time Faculty

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses

In the coming weeks, we will welcome a number of new full-time faculty to our region. This week and next, I will share brief biographies of our new faculty as a preview of who will be joining our team for the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

Michael Norato, Professor and Extension Specialist, Mathematics, Osceola Campus

Michael has been a Valencia College employee at the East Campus since 2009. He has a bachelor’s degree in meteorology and master’s degree in educational leadership and administration, as well as a graduate certificate in mathematical science. Prior to Valencia, Michael began his teaching career at the secondary level in 1998. He began his journey with Valencia as a math tutor for the Specialized Preparatory Area and Math Support Center. In 2011, he became a math lab instructor and was promoted to part-time professor in 2012. Michael likes incorporating math, science and inspirational speeches during his teaching practices to enhance student learning and engagement. He also enjoys watching movies, listening to music, dining out, working out, traveling and relaxing.

Ann Gabele, Professor and Extension Specialist, Mathematics, Osceola Campus

Ann has worked at Valencia for nine years. She has been on West Campus as a supplemental learning leader, in the math lab, and as a part-time professor. She started her education at Valencia and has a bachelor’s degree in health science and a master’s degree in educational leadership with a focus in mathematics from the University of Central Florida. She taught developmental math for four years and still loves the challenge of those classes. In her spare time, she likes to cook and distance cycle.

Kathryn Gualtieri, Professor, Humanities, Osceola Campus 

Since attending Valencia College as a student, Kathryn planned to return to Valencia to work. She was born and raised in the United States Air Force and has lived throughout Florida — as well as spent some time in Japan and was largely brought up in Germany. After her family retired from the military, she continued to feed her wanderlust and lived in Belize, Grand Cayman, Connecticut and Colorado; she currently lives in Merritt Island, Florida. Kathryn has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary humanities from University of West Florida and a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Colorado, Denver. She taught social studies (world history, geography, and U.S history) to middle and high school students in Gainesville. While in graduate school, she worked at the Denver Art Museum in the Education department and also worked for Denver Public Schools as a guest teacher and online humanities curriculum designer. Her academic interests are contemporary art, women’s studies, architecture (especially Usonian and International), world cultures, the United States in the 1950-60s and film. Kathryn is certified to teach yoga and enjoys photography, poetry (she was published in the National Library of Congress Anthology), hiking (she once climbed a 14er [a mountain peak with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet]), reading, art and world travel.

1 Comment

  • Nichole Segarra said:

    Welcome to the Osceola Family! We are so excited to work with you.

    PMFri, 09 Aug 2019 14:51:51 +0000Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:51:51 +0000pm19,2:51 pm

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