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Mrs. JoEll Dean

Adjunct Professor NSE/Advisor

If this is your first experience with Valencia College; welcome! If you're a returning student; welcome back! I've been an educator for over 20 years. I hold a post graduate degree in Education from the University of Phoenix, and an undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of Illinois, Springfield.

I began my career teaching Speech Communication courses at Walter’s State College in Morristown, Tennessee. I also taught Job Skills courses through the Job Training Partnership Act, (JTPA). In addition, I spent 10 years teaching at the elementary level, where I earned the distinguished, “Teacher of the Year” award in 2010, and again in 2013. In 2015, I crossed an item off my bucket list by earning the Competent Communicator award through Toastmasters International. As you can tell, I love what I do!

My proudest accomplishments are my two sons; ages 25 and 22. My oldest son graduated from The University of Tennessee, and is currently serving as a Lieutenant in the United States Army. My youngest son is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University, he too, will be commissioned as an officer upon his graduation. I’ve had many proud moments as a mom, but my proudest was the first time I saw someone salute my son…wow!

My husband and I recently relocated from Tucson, AZ. Since we’re “empty nesters” we plan to enjoy all Orlando has to offer. We love biking, canoeing, and camping. By camping I mean plugging our RV into the power source, so our TV and microwave work!

I believe New Student Experience is an excellent resource for college students who want to ensure success; not only while in college, but also in the workplace. My purpose is to help you find your purpose! So, let’s get this party started!

Phone: 865 335 1103


Web Site:

Office: East Campus

Location: Bldg. 4 - 134

Monday: 1:15 - 2:15pm
Tuesday: 10:00 - 12:00
Wednesday: 1:15 - 2:15
Thursday: 10:00 - 12:00