As a tenured professor of reading at Valencia, Claudine Bentham’s overall goal is to ensure that students are given the necessary tools to overcome the inexorable obstacles that may come their way.
“In education and as educators, we thrive on constantly trying to improve the issues we are faced with inside and outside the classroom,” said Claudine. “There continues to be a paradigm shift in education, and we must be willing to embrace those changes and find new and innovative ways to enhance student learning, engagement and motivation.”
Claudine hopes to contribute to unearthing more and new ways to inspire faculty to reach students as a Faculty and Instructional Development faculty fellow and confides that she was and still considers herself a “nontraditional student” who struggled in college in more ways than one. The experience undergirds her approach to teaching and learning.
“I was on the brink of giving up during my undergraduate studies until my professor, Dr. Margaret Finn, provided me with the necessary resources and the guidance I needed to achieve my degree,” she said. “I am fortunate to have had somewhat similar trials, and I hope to be a beacon for my students when the light becomes dim.”
Claudine said that her goal as a faculty fellow is to contribute to strengthening the learning community. Among the tactics she’ll use will be convening faculty members to share with their peers, robust communication via newsletters and lunch-and-learn sessions, along with instructional activity demonstrations.
“I look forward to collaborating with everyone and engaging in meaningful explorations of best practices, which includes innovative instructional strategies to help improve your pedagogical effectiveness,” she said.
Claudine, who has spent more than 15 years as an educator at the middle school and college levels, joined Valencia in 2008 as an adjunct professor at the Winter Park Campus, and in 2009, she began working full time at both West and Winter Park Campuses. In 2011, she served as a LifeMap mentor, and in 2014 was awarded tenure. She is involved in the CARE (Continuous Assessment and Responsive Engagement) initiative and with a few redesign teams including LinC, Teaching in Our Learning College and Learning Partners (formerly known as Peer Observation).
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of New Rochelle, a Master in Education with a specialization in reading and literacy at Walden University and anticipates completing her doctoral degree in the Higher Education and Policy Studies (HEPS) from the University of Central Florida in 2016.
You’ll find Claudine in the Center of Teaching/Learning Innovation on West Campus in Building 6, Room 326. She can be reached at email@example.com or extension 1219.