Dr. Laura Sessions

Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Sessions was born and raised in Winter Park, FL. For her undergraduate studies, she enjoyed attending the University of Florida, obtaining a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in French. While there, she performed more than 350 hours of community service with Alpha Phi Omega. For graduate studies, Dr. Sessions attended Dartmouth College where she studied organic polymer synthesis and nanoparticles. After completing a Ph.D. degree, Dr. Sessions was very happy to move back to warm, sunny Florida. She taught part-time at Palm Beach Community College (now Palm Beach State College) for three years while performing various duties for the South Florida Science Museum including science educator, grant writer, and eventually education director. Dr. Sessions was delighted to join the full-time faculty at Valencia College in 2010 and successfully completed the tenure track in 2014.


Contact

Lake Nona Campus
Lake Nona: 1-319
407-582-7138
lsessions@valenciacollege.edu

Hours

FALL 2021

in office (Lake Nona Campus room 319) or Zoom: Mondays/Wednesdays 11:30am - 12:30pm
Zoom:
Tuesdays 1:00pm - 2:00pm; Thursdays 11:00am-12:00pm; live review 12:00-1:00pm; or by appointment

via Canvas Inbox/email: F 9:30 am-2:30 pm


Teaching Philosophy: For Organic 1: Wondering what mastery grading looks like? You will have multiple attempts to show that you understand each course learning outcome - on three-attempt quizzes, a mid-term, and final exam. We will meet for mini-lectures, problem solving, and interesting applications each week and for lab. There will be a little online work to make up for shorter meeting times. Lab reports will allow you to show mastery of the techniques, concepts, and safety.***see the syllabi below my pic for more info*** For Organic 2: Wondering what online organic chemistry looks like? The class is asynchronous (no required meeting times), but I have Zoom office hours daily and review sessions before tests. I am available by appointment as well. I use an interactive online format - tutorials with text and videos, online homework assignments from the McGraw Hill textbook, and additional resources like worksheets and website activities, practice tests, and class discussions. The tests are proctored online so you will need a webcam. For the labs, we have a lot of videos and virtual labs that take you through experiment experiences. Some have guided quizzes and some informal lab notebooks. You will have an understanding of the key lab techniques, lab safety, data recording, and analysis. ***see the syllabi below my pic for more info***