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Mrs. Laura D'Alessio

Tenure-Track Faculty Member - Biological Sciences, West Campus

Commitment to Valencia College
I began my career with Valencia College at the Lake Nona campus in the Spring of 2014. In August 2017, I transferred to the West campus to continue my teaching career with Valencia as a full-time faculty member. I teach General Biology 1, General Biology 2, and Microbiology, with offerings and availability varying term-to-term.

Academic History
I attended UCF and earned my B.S. in Secondary Science Education in 2010, and my M.A. in Higher Educational Leadership, Community College Education, and Biology in 2013. I look forward to beginning a doctoral program in higher educational leadership upon completion of my tenure requirements.

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 earned the 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 and Quality Matters certification in the Summer of 2016 to better facilitate student learning in hybrid and online environments. I updated my courses into the new Canvas/Instructure Learning Environment and am adding new resources every semester. More recently, I earned the LifeMap certification, through which I improved my abilities to advise and assist students and infuse learning strategies into my courses. I enrolled in conversational Spanish 1 and 2 to support our Spanish-speakers and their families. I also completed SafeZone Ally certification to support our LGBT+ community. I am currently on a 5-year voyage of personal discovery and professional development to earn tenure at Valencia College.

My Background
I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. Prior to my time at Valencia, I taught Biology and Anatomy & Physiology at Edgewater High School and Winter Springs High School. While in high school, I worked in the construction industry doing home renovations. 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 roller skating and doing yoga. I am a die-hard Star Trek fan, and I love collecting late 60s rock & roll and early 90s punk-rock music on vinyl. My father is a pilot, so I frequently can be found co-piloting or helping him with aircraft maintenance. I also enjoy wood-working, metal-working, and doing home repairs. I am happiest when I can be alone in my garage building something. My favorite TV shows are Star Trek, The Punisher, Futurama, South Park, and Archer, and my favorite book is Cosmos by Carl Sagan.

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If you are trying to enroll in my class, but it is full:

Please be aware that my classes are capped at 28 students due to the number of chairs in the laboratory. I do not offer waitlists, and I do not override beyond 28 students.

The West campus Science Division has a number of qualified and talented instructors whose classes are *not* filled. Please see if one of their course sections will fit your scheduling needs.

If you are unable to find a section that suits your needs, please keep checking ATLAS to see if an opening appears in my course. The rosters see a tremendous amount of turnover in the weeks before a semester. Most students, if diligent, can snag an empty seat if another student drops from the course.

At Valencia, we believe in Starting Right. This means every minute of class is important, even and especially the first week. Attendance is mandatory during the first week. Students who are enrolled but do not attend the first week of class will be reported as no-show students.

If a student drops my course during the first week of the term, you may be able to grab that empty seat. You must e-mail me requesting an override. I will review your request. If approved, I will work with our administrative office to get you enrolled as a replacement for the student who dropped. If you enroll late after missing any class meetings, you are still required to make up all missed information and assignments by the end of the second week of the term.

Students will not be granted overrides into my courses for any reason beginning Monday of the second week of the term.

The West campus Science Division Administrative Offices are located in AHS-231, and are available by phone at 407-582-1407. They are open during standard business hours (limited hours on Fridays during the Summer term).

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If you have any questions or are interesting in enrolling in my courses, please feel free to contact me via e-mail.

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Phone: 407-582-5048

Email: ldalessio@valenciacollege.edu

Office: West Campus

Location: AHS-207

My detailed work schedule and office hours are available
under the Syllabi link at the top left of this page
or by visiting https://tinyurl.com/ProfDSummer19

Visit Me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Prof_Dalessio