A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses
I am thrilled to share that we will be welcoming a number of new full-time faculty to the Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses this fall, which will allow us to add to the variety and number of courses that we offer in an effort to meet student enrollment demand. Throughout the summer, I will share brief biographies of our new faculty as a preview of who will be joining our team for the start of the 2016-17 academic year.
Lauren R. Thomas will join the Osceola Campus as a professor of mathematics. She attended Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, and, in 2013, earned her Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a minor in economics. In 2015, she attended UCF and completed a master’s degree in educational leadership with a specialization in mathematics. Lauren has taught Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus courses during her time at UCF. She is looking forward to becoming a part of the Valencia Osceola Campus team.
Misty Bozzaco will join the Lake Nona Campus as a professor of mathematics. Misty received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education at Palm Beach Atlantic University and her master’s degree in mathematical sciences at the University of West Florida. Previously, she taught at Harmony High School in St. Cloud, Florida.
Sam Murugan will join the Osceola Campus as a professor of mathematics. Sam has a master’s degree in higher educational leadership with a specialization in mathematics from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He spent the past nine years teaching mostly advanced placement calculus and dual enrollment mathematics classes in high school. During this time, he also taught mathematics as an part-time professor at both Polk State College and Valencia College. Prior to following his dream of teaching, Sam worked as a planning engineer for a national power company and as a project engineer for a pharmaceutical company. He is very passionate about mathematics and especially intrigued by its many applications in real-world situations. Sam has a keen interest in the success and retention of the diverse body of community college students. He is very excited to start his new career as a full-time mathematics professor at Valencia College.
Marvin Osbourne will join the Osceola Campus as a professor of mathematics. Marvin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, located in Jamaica, near where he was raised. He attended UCF, where he completed the Graduate Certificate Program in mathematics, and, subsequently, the modeling and simulation master’s program.
Marvin has been teaching at Valencia as a part-time faculty member for four semesters. His favorite courses include Calculus I, Trigonometry, Intermediate Algebra and College Mathematics. He has also worked as a tutor for all levels of mathematics. In his spare time, Marvin likes to spend time with his family and friends, and is involved in physical fitness. He feels that a healthy body will foster a healthy mind. It is his sincere hope that the students whom he instructs will endeavor to become independent learners.
Ray Eddy will join the Osceola Campus as a professor of mathematics. He received his bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics and his Master of Arts in teaching from Duke University. He worked in college administration for a short time and then created and ran a company that held summer music camps for high school students for 20 years. During that time, he decided to pursue his unusual desire to be a stunt man, which led to a 15-year career as a stunt performer and manager at Walt Disney World. His most famous role was Indiana Jones, a character he played for eight years. He decided to get back into teaching last year and was a part-time professor at both Valencia and UCF’s Rosen School of Hospitality, and he is looking forward to hitting the ground running here in the fall.
Robert Beach will be joining the Osceola Campus as a professor of computer science. Rob is a Gartner recognized and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader with more than 20 years of technology leadership experience. Rob held the role of information technology services director/CIO for Seminole County Government, where he was responsible for the management and operation of the countywide network and information systems. Prior to joining Seminole County’s executive team, Robert served as the information technology director at the City of Oviedo.
Rob is a long-time resident of Central Florida. He is married to his wife Shyla and has three wonderful children: Emily, Baylee and Gavin. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UCF and a Master of Science in information technology, along with a Master of Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.