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Misty Bozzacco Reinforces Learning by Creating Math...

By Wendy Jo Moyer When Misty Bozzacco, professor, mathematics, taught high school math for 14 years prior to joining Valencia in fall 2016, her students often complained of the same challenge. They understood the material in class, but when they tried to complete the work on their own, they forgot how to do it. They […]

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In each month’s Faculty Insight newsletter, a faculty member, and their work to improve student learning, is featured in a segment called the Faculty Highlight. Recent examples include an article on Nutrition Professor April Engel’s quest to promote nutrition through Pooky’s Pantry and English Professor James Vrhovac’s infusion of sustainability into his curriculum and faculty development. For more examples, click […]

Everyone Wins with Alison Hammack’s Welcoming,...

By Dani Moritz-Long When Mathematics Professor Alison Hammack started teaching at Valencia in 2009, she noticed an interesting pattern. At the time, her developmental math students took a state-mandated, end-of-course final exam. If they failed it at first, they were allotted one re-take — a chance to learn from their mistakes. “If a student did not pass […]

Nutrition Professor April Engel Promotes Nutrition...

By Dani Moritz-Long Food is life for April Engel — but not in the overindulgent way it is for some of us. Quite the contrary, actually. For April, a nutrition professor on East Campus, April’s passion for food revolves around reducing hunger and promoting health and nutrition. “I have been a registered dietitian for 23 years, and […]

James Vrhovac Turns Nightmares Into Action — Faculty High...

By Dani Moritz-Long Like so many others, English Professor James Vrhovac’s life changed overnight when his first child was born — but not just for the reasons you might expect. Yes, the usual drastic life changes occurred, like saying goodbye to sound sleep and hello to the kind of love only a parent can know. […]

Language Professors Richard Sansone and Steve Cunningham...

By Dani Moritz-Long When we contemplate the impact Valencia has on our community, we naturally focus on our service areas in Central Florida. But, while Orange and Osceola Counties certainly benefit from Valencia’s work, our impact is actually international — thanks to the efforts of colleagues like Portuguese Professor Richard Sansone and English for Academic Purposes Professor Steve […]

Roberta Carew Immerses Herself in Spanish Language...

By Dani Moritz-Long One of the best ways to truly understand a language is through immersion — to dive head-first into a culture and fully immerse one’s self in the application of the respective language. But while this methodology is proven to be effective, that doesn’t make it easy. Nonetheless, Mathematics Professor Roberta Carew, who […]

Yasmeen Qadri Promotes Global Connectedness and...

By Dani Moritz-Long Central to Professor of Education Yasmeen Qadri’s teaching philosophy is the importance of global connectedness and compassion. This is why Yasmeen’s 2016-17 Endowed Chair — entitled Preparing Teachers as Change Agents of Peace in the Global Market — focuses on empowering education graduates with the ability to teach internationality and to teach […]

Brian Macon Inspires Students to Think About...

By Dani Moritz-Long Sustainability is a personal passion of Mathematics Professor Brian Macon. He drives an electric vehicle, educates his kids about sustainable practices, recycles responsibly and does his best to reduce his carbon footprint. And for good reason. Brian understands that sustainability is about much more than the trendy slogan “going green;” it’s about […]

Kristin Abel Puppeteers 3D-Printing Project for Upcoming...

By Dani Moritz-Long The idea of creating something from nothing: It’s both a perplexing and enticing concept, which has simultaneously boggled and enlightened the minds of artists, philosophers and scientists alike. It’s also a concept that is featured prominently in Valencia’s upcoming April production, “CREATION – Births of Mythology,” in more ways than you might expect. For […]