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Featured Colleague: Carla DelVillaggio Valencia’s...

By Dani Moritz-Long Music is life for musical theater extraordinaire Carla DelVillaggio. An adjunct professor of music at Valencia, the critically-acclaimed lyric soprano has enjoyed years of showstopping performances with appearances all around the U.S. and abroad. Appearing in a myriad of productions, with a special interest in operettas, Carla has assumed key roles in productions like La […]

Featured Colleague: Jennifer Keefe Goes Above and Beyond...

By Dani Moritz-Long When Jennifer Keefe, Title V project director for Osceola Campus, contemplates her role at Valencia, her daily to-do list isn’t what first comes to mind. Sure, she’s responsible for developing new career and technical programs, implementing the Ad Astra building scheduling software, and finding new ways to offer classes through innovative technology. But, her real role goes […]

Featured Colleague: Sonia Casablanca Brings Practical...

By Dani Moritz-Long With more than 18 years of experience in commercial real estate, insurance and mortgages, and a successful real estate business owner to boot, Professor of Business Sonia Casablanca is passionate about bringing real-life experience to the classroom. Doing so, she explains, is a vital part of facilitating learning, identifying opportunities and expanding […]

Featured Colleague: To Katie Pedone, Valencia is Home,...

By Dani Moritz-Long When Katie Pedone, coordinator, program advisor, calls Valencia home, it isn’t just because she has a metaphorical attachment to the College; it’s also because she grew up in the Osceola Campus community, and even attended Valencia as a dual enrollment and undergraduate student. “Working here I feel as though I am doing a […]

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 […]