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Jessica Anfinson (Sobkowiak)

Professor, Mathematics

A little about me: I grew up thinking I would either become a nurse or a teacher, at the suggestion of my very influential Colombian-American mother, and since I couldn't stomach the hospital liquids and smells while volunteering in high school, I chose teaching. Originally an elementary education major at a community college in south Florida, I soon realized I had a passion for helping classmates succeed in math courses and a wonderfully engaging math professor inspired and challenged me to major in Math instead. Fast forward 6 years, three degrees and an 82 page Master's Thesis, and I began living the dream-teaching math at the community college level in August 2009. After 3 years of doing what I love in America, I decided to embark on a new adventure of teaching overseas as a volunteer math teacher in Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, and Senegal for the next 3 years. It was a lovely and rewarding learning/teaching experience and I made a lot of friends, tried many new foods and learned a little bit of Arabic, Russian, Kyrgyz, French, and Wolof during my trips to the villages with friends and students. In June 2015, I returned to America and was offered a job as a math professor at Valencia College's West Campus. It's been a wonderful two years here so far, as I've re-acclimated to life in America and begun learning what it means to be an Orlando resident. Any suggestions for good activities/restaurants to try here are greatly appreciated. :) I am also a newlywed and thus my name changed from Sobkowiak to Anfinson recently, so I apologize for any confusion.

Phone: 407-582-1036


Office: West Campus

Location: 4-212

Mondays: 9:55am-11:25am (Office) and 1:00pm-2:00pm (Online);

Tuesdays: 11:20am-12:20pm (Office) and 1:00pm-2:00pm (Online);

Wednesdays: 9:55am-11:25am (Office) and 1:00pm-2:00pm (Online);

Thursdays: 11:20am-12:20pm (Office)

Fridays: 9:00am-11:00am (Online)