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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.

Phone: 407-582-7138

Email: lsessions@valenciacollege.edu

Office: Lake Nona Campus

Location: Lake Nona: 1-319

Hours:
FALL 2019

(in 319)
M 2:30-3:45pm,
T 9:00-9:45am, 2:15-3:45pm,
W 2:30-3:45pm,
R 9:00-9:45am, 2:15-3:45pm,

F (via email) 9:00-12:00pm


hours may occasionally change – check Canvas for announcements

Teaching Philosophy: My goal is for students to learn the fundamental theories in chemistry and to be able to apply them - creating connections between the course curricula, all the sciences, and everyday life. Additionally, I would like students to be able to take away skills that come from application of this knowledge – skills that can be applied across disciplines and throughout life such as problem solving, analytical reasoning, collaboration, and communication. In my courses, I try to create an encouraging environment; deliver a straightforward course experience; and link what students know already to what they want to know and understand. Students must take responsibility for the rest of the process. They must think about why they are taking the class and what they want to know, and then work toward it. My instructional strategy is lecture, punctuated by discussion and group work. Students work in small groups to practice explaining scientific concepts, and to hear one another express concepts and ideas in different ways, increasing retention of the information. Meanwhile, the laboratory provides the opportunity to practice concepts actively and learn the methodology of chemistry. Formative assessment occurs through group work, the occasional quiz, and online homework. Summative assessment occurs through laboratory reports and tests that include many styles of questions including multiple choice (in preparation for graduate school entrance examinations), short answer, essays, and critical-thinking (synthesis) questions. Some classes include formal laboratory reports as well.

     

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