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Featured Colleague: Makendy Jacob Plays a Starring Role...

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 By Jennifer Keefe As we all know, Valencia College prides itself in finding top-notch talent to help the sometimes impossible become possible for our students. But for Makendy Jacob, student services advisor for the Downtown Campus, life is all about using his skills to create that kind of magic, both on and […]

Featured Colleague: Valencia College Empowered Anna...

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 By Wendy Jo Moyer If it weren’t for a friend who led her to Valencia College, Anna Castillo may not be the same person she is today. When she was in high school, that friend encouraged her to join him at a Valencia College presentation. And now, seven years later, she owes her […]

Featured Colleague: Daryl Davis Carved a Path from Hoops...

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 By Claudia Zequeira As assistant vice president of analytics and reporting, Daryl Davis is responsible for the development and implementation of Valencia College’s data and analytics strategy. But who could guess that Daryl’s path to the College would begin with basketball? “My first career was to play professional basketball,” said Daryl, […]

Featured Colleague: Rebekah Lane Makes Space for...

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira She has spent her life acting, performing and directing, but Rebekah Lane also has an eye for “the big picture” within Valencia College’s School of Arts and Entertainment (SAE). As SAE professor and director, Rebekah has played a pivotal role as connector of multiple departments spanning 10 academic […]

Featured Colleague: Jennifer Lawhon Loves to Inspire,...

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Jennifer Lawhon, professor, mathematics, knows the subject she teaches is not synonymous with fun for many of her students. But that’s not a deterrent to her job. Rather, it’s an inspiration. “There is a quote by Henry Adams that is a great reminder of why I do what I do […]

Featured Colleague: Michelle Ames Loves a Challenge

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Michelle Ames is a creative foodie who loves a challenge. “I like to get in the kitchen and create things,” said Michelle, executive assistant, senior. “Somebody will look at the fridge or pantry and say ‘Oh, there is nothing to eat,’ but I will look at them and create […]

Featured Colleague: Claudine Bentham’s Own Journey...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Claudine Bentham, faculty director, Teaching/Learning Academy, remembers the time when, while in her second year of college, she almost dropped out. She had just had her first child and was trying to juggle motherhood with the academic rigors of school. On top of all that, and partly as a […]

Featured Colleague: Jessica Chisholm Finds Joy in...

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Jessica Chisholm, professor, network engineering technology, considers herself a mentor and role model to her students as well as someone who prepares them for their next step, whether that step is to continue school or join the workforce. But Jessica is also there for them well beyond that. […]

Featured Colleague: Jenniffer Fernandez Toribio Draws on...

Monday, September 21, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Jenniffer Fernandez Toribio, student services advisor, remembers what it was like to be a newcomer to the United States. Arriving in New York City in 2004 from the Dominican Republic, followed by a move to Florida a year later, she had to learn to fit into a new […]

Featured Colleague: Mark Collins Finds a Home in...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira About decade ago, Mark Collins, dean, social science, walked away from a lucrative and fun career as a master trainer at the McDonald’s corporation to return to his roots in education. The decision proved to be a positive one, as Mark rose in the field consistently until arriving […]