Dr. Odette Escobar Santiago(She/Her)

Visiting Professor

I was born in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and I have been living in the State of Florida for around 10 years. I am bilingual (speaking Spanish and English). I have been working in Valencia College at the Osceola Campus since 2017, teaching the General Psychology Course as an Adjunct Professor. This year I am working as a Visiting Professor. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. I have experience in the clinical psychology field offering psychotherapy to children (3 years old) up to adults any age. I also have worked as a manager in an outpatient therapy department in a non-profit community mental health clinic in the Osceola County. I have experience working with different disciplines, including medical sciences, social work, education, law, humanities, and the arts. I also have experience in academic counseling and the field of education with almost 10 years of practice in private and public universities in Puerto Rico. My clinical and research work has been based in the Attachment and the Psychoanalytic Theory. In the clinical work, I believe in the power of compassion, hope, vulnerability, and recovery. For me, empathy is imperative for my daily work. I am also licensed as a psychologist in Puerto Rico.

Teaching Statement

I teach because I believe that teaching and learning are powerful tools for human growth and transformation. They are sources for inspiration, freedom, creativity, innovation, questioning, reflection, and connection, acts that I value for my life and the ones that I love. I was drawn to teaching by the examples of the mentors that I had through my life. I saw in the way they taught and the impact they had in my life how powerful knowledge is for human growth. The power of learning is not only in the information we obtain but the transformation we do when we shared what we know with others and experience it in our daily life. For me, teaching and learning are active and dynamic processes. I teach General Psychology because is an opportunity for me to share with others the concepts, ideas and theories that formed my professional endeavor. In the act of facilitating a general psychology course I strive to be an instrument of inspiration for my students, to learn and explore in depth the psychology discipline. For me successful learning is obtained when the students can understand the concepts and theories, in the light of their own experiences, and when they are able to make sense of what they have learned using it in their daily life. I believe that beyond grades, my students will show their learning process when they are able to share their own perspectives on the concepts and theories studied in class and use critical thinking to examine human behavior and mental processes as presented in examples through the course. I hope I can be a source of inspiration for this kind of learning during this semester.

I am looking forward to working with you!




Contact

Osceola Campus
Building 3 Office 316 and Building 1 Room 236
407-582-6578
oescobarsantiago@valenciacollege.edu

Hours

Mondays (Virtual) 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tuesdays (Room 1-236) 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesdays (Virtual) 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursdays (Office 3-316) 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fridays (Office 3-316) 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM