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Faculty Highlight: Ellen Costello Brings Exciting...

By Claudia Zequeira The saying “it takes one to know one” applies perfectly to Ellen Costello, manager, teacher preparation, Educator Prep Institute. Years ago, Ellen was a psychology major who decided being a K-12 teacher was her calling. But making the leap to education, an entirely different profession, was made possible thanks to an educator […]

Faculty Highlight: Paula DaSilva Brings Meaningful...

Thursday, February 25, 2021 By Claudia Zequeira When service learning opportunities diminished for her Introduction to the Teaching Profession students as a result of the pandemic, Paula DaSilva, professor, education, did not skip a beat. Quickly, and beginning last summer, Paula rose to the occasion by relying on her professional network and personal connections to create […]

Faculty Highlight: Laura Sessions Provides an...

Thursday, January 28, 2021 By Claudia Zequeira What does it take to successfully teach Organic Chemistry I in a purely online environment? The answer, of course, depends on whom you ask, but if you ask Laura Sessions, professor, chemistry, she’ll tell you it takes at least 37 videos. “And that’s just one lab experience for one […]

Faculty Highlight: Andrea Rediske Uses Hands-on...

Andrea Rediske holds the microbe plushies she uses to teach her microbiology class, all while wearing one of her 20 costume wigs she uses to keep her Zoom sessions fun.  Wednesday, October 28, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Bacteria plushies? Check. Foam swords? Check. Zombie outfits? Check. If you’re wondering who might need all these items to […]

Faculty Highlight: Alan Gerber Offers Vocal Training,...

Thursday, September 24, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Alan Gerber’s days teaching start with a temperature check. By now, Alan, professor, music, has also memorized the College’s daily self-checker questions, a process that took place automatically, just from sheer repetition. His face-to-face classes, two sections offered at the East Campus that include a contemporary vocal ensemble and […]

Faculty Highlight: Emily Elrod Brings Budgeting and...

Thursday, August 27, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Emily Elrod, professor, mathematics​, has a way to bring the real world into her Math for the Liberal Arts (MGF 1107) course through the use of an exercise involving budgeting. “In the project, the students are given a fake family that is representative of many real-life families,” said Emily. “I have several of […]

Howard Tate Brings Industry Experts to Students; Faculty ...

By Claudia Zequeira Thursday, July 30, 2020 Howard Tate, part-time faculty, film production technology, knows the value of information and experience. And he brings a lot of it to Valencia College students with more than 25 years in television. But he believes his students need more. Howard, who has worked on video projects as a […]

Faculty Highlight: Two Math Instructors Adopt Technology...

Thursday, June 25, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira When Leonardo Vasquez, part-time faculty, mathematics, learned he had to switch his face-to-face classes online in March when our campuses closed, he spent a significant amount of time trying to figure out how to deliver content effectively. One method proved especially helpful, however: physically showing students how do […]

Amanda Kern Brings Online Teaching to Full Potential;...

Thursday, May 28, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira When the pandemic hit Central Florida, Amanda Kern, professor, graphic design, was on an airplane taking her son to see a doctor about a possible surgery. Little did she know that, upon returning home, the College would switch most of its classes to an online format in a matter of […]

Faculty Highlight: Cathy Mestre Enhances Online Learning

By Claudia Zequeira Thursday, April 30, 2020  As a veteran instructor, Cathy Mestre, professor, paralegal studies, has seen her share of change and witnessed many of the College’s growing pains. But nothing prepared her for a pandemic in the 21st century. Like most of us, shortly after Spring Break 2020, Cathy was told she had to […]