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Ms. Laura D'Alessio

Associate Faculty Member - Biology and Microbiology

Academic History
I attended UCF and earned my BS in Secondary Science Education in 2010, and my MA in Higher Educational Leadership, Community College Education, and Biology in 2013.

Commitment to Valencia College
I've been a faculty-member at Valencia College's Lake Nona campus since the Spring of 2014. I currently teach General Biology 1, General Biology 2, and Microbiology at the Lake Nona campus, with offerings and availability varying term-to-term.

Teaching Philosophy
I believe that students in STEM fields need an academic experience that is rich in hands-on activities to simulate future job competencies and promote future career success. I try to infuse my traditional coursework with other life- and job-skills to aid students as they mature into well-rounded citizens. I celebrate diversity and believe that diversity is the foundation of a strong classroom, college, and community. I believe that all students have the potential to achieve success and reach their goals if they are willing to put serious time and effort into their academic pursuits.

Professional Development
I achieved Associate Faculty certification in the Summer of 2015 after completing 60 hours of professional development training with the Teaching and Learning Academy. I earned Digital Professor certification in the Summer of 2016 so I can better facilitate student learning in hybrid and online environments. I continue to attend professional development training to maintain my certifications. I am also doing personal research on how to better facilitate and address the needs of Veterans in the college, after seeing some of the issues my partner experienced after he left the Marine Corps and returned to college.

Lake Nona Film-making Club
In addition to my obligations as an educator, I am an active participant and co-facilitator of the Lake Nona campus Film-making Club. I urge anyone interesting in learning how to make films to attend our meetings, which take place Tuesdays from 1-2pm in Room 104 on the Lake Nona campus.

My Background
Prior to my time at Valencia, I taught at Edgewater High School and Winter Springs High School teaching Biology and Anatomy & Physiology courses. I was also the General Manager of a local Ace Hardware store for six years while I was in college.

Hobbies and Interests
In my free time, I enjoy keeping active by kayaking, running, and doing yoga. I am a die-hard Star Trek fan, and I love collecting late 60's rock & roll and early 90's punk-rock music on vinyl.

If you have any questions or are interesting in enrolling in my courses, or joining the Lake Nona Film-making club, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at

Phone: 407-502-7057


Office: Lake Nona Campus

Location: 1-120

Office Hours vary by term. Please feel free to e-mail me if you would like to speak face-to-face.

Twitter: @Prof_Dalessio