Dr. Shari Koopmann
Shari Koopmann has taught English at Valencia College since 2000. She is the recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award in Teaching (2010) and the Faculty Association Award for Excellence in Counseling, Teaching, and Librarianship (2019). In addition to teaching, Shari has spent many years working in faculty development, serving as Activity Coordinator for the Teaching/Learning Academy and facilitator for the Peace and Justice Institute (PJI). As a PJI facilitator, she leads workshops and programs on a variety of social justice topics. Currently, she co-facilitates the year-long program SEED, Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity, based on the work of Peggy McIntosh.
Shari holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in literature from the University of New Hampshire, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Central Florida. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between service-learning and civic engagement in the two-year college.
When Shari's not teaching, she’s writing. She has published poetry in small press journals, including Red Hand Press’s Fulva Flava literary annual, Second-Hand Production’s Falling Star Magazine, Day Break Press’s Prism Quarterly, and Ascent Aspirations Magazine’s anthologies Aqua Terra and Close to Quitting Time, in which she was awarded prizes for her poems “Today’s Lesson: Staying Dry” and “Treading Water." Bella Books published her third novel in February of 2019. Shari has also published articles of literary criticism in the Atlantic Literary Review, the Atlantic Critical Review Quarterly, and Studies in Women Writers in English.
Shari lives in Orlando with her wife and her dog, Desi. She has a passion for plant-based nutrition and cooking, comic books, true crime, and traveling.