Meet Our New TLA Facilitators

Thursday, August 27, 2020

A Message from Claudine Bentham, Faculty Director, Teaching/Learning Academy

Meet our new Teaching and Learning Academy facilitators, who will focus on supporting our new faculty members in their professional development, including assisting them in their understanding of the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator and developing their Individualized Learning Plans.

Lauren Gibson, Professor, English

Lauren Gibson started at Valencia in 2013 as a part-time faculty member after finishing graduate school at Florida State University. She was hired full time in 2015, teaching Freshman Composition I and II, Developmental Reading and Writing, and Introduction to Literature.

In her work at the College, she has developed a passion for working with faculty as faculty senate representative for the West Campus Communications division, organizing the West Campus Reading Initiative and the Orange County Jail book drive, co-teaching humanities in a cohort of professors in the First 30 Mega Link and will serve as the vice president/president elect of the West Campus Faculty Senate in 2020-21.

In her training with the Digital Professor Certification, the Rubric for Online Competencies (ROC) Review Panel and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) initiative, Lauren fosters a love for technological collaboration with her peers, a skill that has proven instrumental during this period of digital teaching courtesy of the pandemic. She is also an active member of the Peace and Justice Institute, facilitating workshops on gender bias in the media and stress relaxation techniques.

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her two-year-old and family, watching Marvel movies and reading “The Little Blue Truck” (for the millionth time). These roles have fostered Lauren’s love for engaging with faculty across divisions and campuses and sparked her passion for working with incoming and current tenure-track faculty. She is excited to join the TLA team.

Stephanie Kokaisel, Professor, Mathematics

Stephanie Kokaisel has been teaching mathematics classes at Valencia since 2009. She obtained a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Central Florida in 2011 and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Before working for Valencia College, she taught high school for three years.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. Stephanie has two children, a 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter. Stephanie and her family enjoy going to theme parks, the Brevard Zoo and Chuck E. Cheese.

Stephanie earned her tenure at the Osceola Campus in 2018. She is looking forward to supporting her colleagues in the tenure process and to helping faculty with their ongoing development in the Essential Competencies.


  • Karen Cowden said:

    Congratulations, Stephanie and Lauren. You are an excellent addition to the TLA team.

    AMFri, 28 Aug 2020 04:22:36 +0000Fri, 28 Aug 2020 04:22:36 +0000am20,4:22 am

  • Nichole Segarra said:

    Congratulations Stephanie and Lauren! I am so excited that you will be mentoring our up-and-coming tenured Valencia family.

    PMFri, 28 Aug 2020 16:03:44 +0000Fri, 28 Aug 2020 16:03:44 +0000pm20,4:03 pm

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