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Featured Colleague: Liza Schellpfeffer’s Passion...

By Dani Moritz-Long When we asked Speech Professor Liza Schellpfeffer what she loves about working at Valencia, her answer was simple, yet powerful. “Amazing people,” she said, “Amazing people supporting, teaching and learning.” People — Valencia’s students, staff and faculty — she explained are what brought her to Valencia 10 years ago, and they’re what’s kept her […]

Featured Colleague: Melanie Olivier’s Educational...

By Dani Moritz-Long Administrative Assistant Melanie Olivier considers Valencia a well-oiled machine — one she’s happy to be a part of as both an employee and a student. Her journey began in 2015, when she started pursuing her associate degree in computer programming and analysis. Like many before her, she quickly found herself feeling right […]

Featured Colleague: Kenneth Kuk’s Passion for...

By Dani Moritz-Long An avid sports fan and athlete, Coordinator of Academic Affairs Kenneth Kuk refers to a sports analogy to describe what makes Valencia special. Instead of developing one or two key players (or, in our case, only recruiting already-elite students), Valencia plays with the whole team in mind — penetrating the community to […]

Featured Colleague: Javier Garces Changes Lives Through H...

By Wendy Jo Moyer Many of us know Javier Garces as the plant guy. Yes, plants are his thing; but he’s a people guy too. He’s inspired by our students, the opportunity to change their lives for the better and giving back to the residents of our community. Javier, professor, biology and horticulture and program […]

Featured Colleague: Melonie Sexton Embraces Learning Culture

By Wendy Jo Moyer Professor of Psychology Melonie Sexton is inspired by her students’ interesting backgrounds and captivating stories. “They encourage me to be a better educator and are constantly teaching me new things,” she explained. Melonie, who joined Valencia in 2015, hit the ground running. “She has embraced our active learning culture and implemented new […]

Featured Colleague: Lizza Burgos-Reynoso Inspires Future...

By Wendy Jo Moyer Lizza Burgos-Reynoso describes her role at Valencia as being a public safety career advocate — aka the “Public Safety Momma.” Officially though, she’s a coordinator, career program advisor, at the School of Public Safety, a role that she’s quite proud to play. A Valencia graduate who took evening and weekend classes […]

Featured Colleague: Cathy Campbell Provides Students...

By Wendy Jo Moyer Which of our colleagues has hitchhiked more than 2,000 miles across the U.S., fell down a mine shaft temporarily paralyzing her lower body and held the Olympic Torch? That is Cathy Campbell, workforce data analyst for Career and Workforce Education. When Cathy was 19, she hitchhiked across 22 states, one of those […]

Featured Colleague: Joy Benjamin-Fieulleteau and Her...

By Wendy Jo Moyer Joy Benjamin-Fieulleteau has always selected professions where she’s serving others. Prior to her move to Florida, she worked for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services for 15 years and then the Florida Department of Health in the Bureau of HIV/AIDS for six years, prior to landing a role in […]

Featured Colleague: Lauren Zanders’ Leadership...

By Wendy Jo Moyer As a manager of student services, Lauren Zanders works firsthand to support our students to achieve their goals. Her leadership role in the East Campus Answer Center is a busy one. “I am lucky enough to lead a team of 12 rock-star student services advisors,” Lauren exclaimed. “We aspire to create […]

Featured Colleague: Hilda Berry Provides Service with a S...

By Wendy Jo Moyer Hilda Berry is known on the Osceola Campus as a dedicated employee who gives her all to beautify the campus for our students, employees and community. In her role as a custodian, Hilda goes above and beyond to exhibit our Valencia Values. In fact, Kimberly Foster, faculty, New Student Experience, nominated […]