A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses
Welcome to our new tenure-track faculty on the West and Downtown Campuses.
Rose Thome Casterline, Professor, Art, West and Downtown Campuses
Rose is an artist-educator who has been teaching drawing, design, painting and life drawing at Valencia College and Rollins College since 2001. She now oversees and teaches art courses at the West and Downtown Campuses and is thrilled to be a part of Valencia’s commitment to the visual arts and the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education curriculum.
Represented by Søren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, J Costello Gallery in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Gray Haus Studios in Cleveland, Ohio, she continues to exhibit her work regionally and nationally. Other notable collections include City of Orlando Public Art, Volusia County Courthouse and Savannah College of Art and Design.
Prior to Valencia College, Rose was a secondary art teacher in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and with Orange County Public Schools. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kent State University in art education and studio art and a Master of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design in Painting.
Kevin Chau, Professor, Geology, West Campus
Kevin was born and raised in Miami and received a bachelor’s degree in geology and master’s degree in geoscience at Florida International University.
Being a teaching assistant and an instructor as a graduate student, Kevin quickly realized that he loves teaching. He taught eight unique courses at Florida International University, including a graduate lecture. Then he transitioned to an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College for four years, where he further developed techniques to engage students. He has been teaching for 13 years.
Education and science are his passions, and he is thrilled for the opportunity to teach earth science courses and develop professionally at Valencia College.
Janice Delahunty, Professor, Nursing, West Campus
Janice started her nursing career at AdventHealth, formerly Florida Hospital, first as a nursing tech, then as a staff nurse on the Progressive Care Unit. After gaining experience on the floor, she transitioned to Nursing Quality Assurance and later to Clinical Performance Improvement. After obtaining her master’s degree, she transitioned to a role as a medical auditor, followed by a career in nursing informatics, teaching the electronic documentation system, and then as a nurse educator.
She holds a Bachelor of Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Florida. She is excited to be teaching at Valencia College and can’t wait to help students achieve their goal of becoming a nurse.
Angela Hall, Librarian, Downtown Campus
Angela Hall is a native of North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She worked as a bank auditor until she decided it was time for a career change. She received her master’s degree in library science from Clark Atlanta University.
Angela has 25 years of experience as a librarian and has worked in all library types including, public, special, schools and academic, including Valdosta State University, East Carolina University Health Sciences Library and Austin Community College. Most recently, Angela comes to us from Fort Myers where she served as head of youth services at the Lee County Public Library.
Prior to her move to Florida, Angela resided in Austin, Texas, for 11 years and has adopted that as “home.” So, when you talk to her, you may hear a Texas twang and southern drawl combination.
Amy Lee, Professor, Nursing, West Campus
Amy is a recent transplant to Florida joining the faculty of Valencia College after 17 years in the School of Nursing at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
While at Old Dominion, she served in course coordination and faculty roles in all levels of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Registered Nurse-Bachelor of Science in Nursing curricula. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York; Master of Science in Nursing/Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Doctor of Nursing Practice/Educational Leadership at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. While at Case Western, her Capstone work involved the use of high-fidelity simulation for teaching and evaluation of safety behaviors in student nurses.
Firouzeh Morad, Professor, Mathematics, West Campus
Firouzeh moved to Orlando about 20 years ago with her husband and daughter. As she’s always enjoyed teaching and learning, she continued her education here and pursued a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Central Florida.
She taught one year at a high school and four years at an online virtual high school and has been at the Valencia College West Campus as a part-time mathematics faculty member since August 2007. She is excited and honored to begin her new position as a mathematics tenure-track faculty member. Besides her love for teaching, she also enjoys exploring different places, people and cultures.
Ian O’Toole, Professor, Computer Programming and Analysis, West and Downtown Campuses
Ian began his journey with Valencia in 2007 as a student working toward the Associate in Science in computer programming and analysis. While pursuing his degree, he discovered a passion for teaching while working as a part-time programming tutor in the West Campus information technology lab. Before long, he moved into the lab supervisor role where he was instrumental in leading the renovation of the lab, helping to design and implement a collaborative, innovative learning environment.
Ian currently teaches IT and computer programming at the associate and bachelor’s levels, including one class at the newly opened Downtown Campus.
He earned a Master of Science in innovation and technology at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland.
Greg Szepanski, Professor, Engineering, West Campus
Before Valencia College, Greg taught for nine years at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Connecticut. There, he was the program coordinator for the Engineering Science and Technology Studies Programs.
His industrial experience includes designing safety systems for nuclear power plants at Westinghouse Electric, designing airplane engine controls at the former Hamilton Standard and designing automotive engine controls at Stanadyne Automotive.
He earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hartford Campus.