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									"I feel that foreign language education plays a very important role in helping students to not

only communicate in a foreign language, but also to better appreciate and have some

understanding of different ways of looking at the world."


Sally Copps, Spanish Assistant Professor, earned an M.A. in Spanish from Florida State

University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and History from Stetson University. She has

taught both Spanish and ESL for fifteen years at the University of Georgia, FSUS, Leon County

Community and Adult Education, and the American Cultural Center in Madrid, Spain. Ms. Copps

has also taught Spanish classes as an adjunct at TCC. She is married with two children, ages

17 and 13.



"Few subjects are as intimidating to a college student as chemistry. I strive to make the

subject more approachable and understandable by showing them how chemistry is a part of

every day life. If a student can see this, they can develop a true appreciation of this central

science."


Anthony Dribben, Chemistry Assistant Professor, received a Bachelors Degree in

Chemistry from Mississippi College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Florida.

Following a one-year stint as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Missouri, he

returned to Mississippi College where he taught inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and

biochemistry for the past seven years. Twice named to "Who's Who Among America's

Teachers", Dr. Dribben has also been an active member of the American Chemical Society. In

his free time, he enjoys photography, travel and watching sports. At home, Anthony and his

wife, Tracey, can frequently be found enjoying "high tea" and "Cinderella" with their two

daughters, Julia (age 4) and Anna Grace (age 1).



"Good instructors teach from what they know and enjoy. The enthusiasm that an instructor

generates will carry over to the students because enthusiasm is contagious. If an instructor

doesn't care, why should the students?"


Bill Ebbesen, English Assistant Professor, is a proud product of the community college

system, graduating from Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, Michigan with an

Associate of Arts degree. He transferred to Northern Michigan University in Marquette, and

completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education. He has several

years experience teaching English with junior and senior high school students in the public

school system, during which he also completed his Master of Arts degree in English at Northern
Michigan University. Bill has taught at Bay College as an adjunct in the English department.

Most recently, he taught English as a Foreign Language to Thai students, at the Sirindhorn

International Institute of Technology at Thammasat University in Thailand. Some of his

interests include reading and writing, tennis and bowling, traveling, computers and especially

music.



"The noted 20th Century photographer, Ruth Bernhard, once commented that 'a teacher is like

a gardener... you only teach what is already inside someone' As a teacher of creative forming,

I've come to understand that comment to mean that it is my job to give students the skills and

provide the framework within which they can tap into that unique creative self and find their

own visual voices. As an artist myself, I see teaching as an integral part of my life in art and

find that it is a reciprocal relationship - on many levels my students teach me as much as I

teach them."


Barbara Edwards, Art Assistant Professor, holds a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of

South Florida and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Florida State University. She has

taught photography as an adjunct instructor at TCC since 1986. She was awarded a State of

Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in 1999. She has been an exhibiting artist since 1979, most

recently showing in the invitational exhibition, "Cracker: Rethinking the American South" at

NURTUREart Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently at work planning an exhibition

with invited former TCC photo students titled "Cut Cords: Photo Babies Come Home" to be held

in the TCC Art Gallery in October 2005.



"I hope to encourage my students to set their own goals and create a desire in them to want to

learn and maximize their potential. I believe that learning should be fun and exciting, and that

life long learning allows the individual to grow, both academically and personally. There is no

such thing as a 'cookie cutter' approach to engaging and interacting with students. I respect

and appreciate the individuality of my students and welcome the challenge of making the

language of mathematics understandable to all."


Rebecca Gubitti, College Preparatory Mathematics Assistant Professor, completed her

undergraduate work in mathematics and received a Master's Degree in Mathematics Education

at Florida State University. Currently, she is working on a Doctoral Degree in Math Education at

the University with a focus on adult learning strategies. Her teaching/training experience has

been in both the private and public sector and includes positions within the Department of

Defense, State Government, Florida State University and a specialty school for students with
dyslexia. She began her career at TCC as an adjunct instructor and remained for over ten

years in the mathematics department. She fell in love with the atmosphere of community and

service that the College has to offer its diverse population.



"Teaching is an art. It is a special gift to give to students who come to the learning

environment from different cultural backgrounds and learning styles. My goal as a teacher is

not only to impart knowledge but also to gain knowledge from my students so that I can make

a difference."


Leslie Harper, College Preparatory Reading/Student Success Assistant Professor,

received the Education Specialist and Master of Science Degrees in Reading/Language Arts

from Florida State University and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Early

Childhood/Elementary Education from Florida A&M University. Mrs. Harper has taught

elementary and ABE/GED classes. Additionally, she has taught preparatory reading at

Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, and Albany State University in Albany,

Georgia. She comes to Tallahassee Community College from the Leon County School System

where she served as a District Reading Coach. Her experience makes her very knowledgeable

working with students in the Academic Support Program. Some of her organizational

memberships include the International Reading Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and

the Links Incorporated. Leslie enjoys reading and traveling. She is married to Derry Harper and

has two children and four stepchildren.



"I became a nurse when my children were teenagers. I can truly appreciate the challenges

that adult learners face when they decide to pursue their own career interests while balancing

family responsibilities. I believe that students bring their own world of experience to the

classroom and that I can learn from them, just as they learn from me."


Martha Onate, Nursing Assistant Professor, graduated from an Associate degree nursing

program at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Since she already had her Bachelor's

degree, she was able to pursue her MSN degree very soon after graduating with the AAS

degree. Martha completed her Master's in community mental health nursing at the University

of South Alabama in Mobile and went back several years later to complete a post-master's

certificate program in gerontological nursing. I have always enjoyed working with older adults

and do some volunteer counseling with older members of my church. I also love to read.

Harry Potter is a favorite! In addition, I love seeing plays and attending concerts of both

classical and popular music.
"My objective in college instruction is to have the student leave the course with not only an

appreciation for the topic, but also with more facility of thought about the subject."


Frederick Owens, Humanities Assistant Professor, received a Bachelors Degree in English

and Communication, and a Master's Degree in Humanities from Florida State University. He is

currently working on a Doctorate degree in Humanities at FSU with an emphasis on modern

literature. Mr. Owens taught as a teaching assistant at FSU, and began teaching part-time at

TCC in the spring of 2005. His favorite pastimes are writing and playing basketball.



"I feel it is important to help the students recognize that what they are learning about our past

is important in their lives today and will continue to help them understand their world

tomorrow."


Jarrett Phipps, History/Anthropology Assistant Professor, earliest career goal was that

of being a history teacher. She has always enjoyed learning about people and events of the

past because of what it teaches us about who we are now. Her studies in Anthropology have

greatly augmented her understanding of history and it's impact on our society and culture

today. She is blessed to have a love and talent for teaching. Jarrett earned a Masters degree in

History from Florida State University and continued her education in history and Cultural

Anthropology in the last few years. She has taught as a sabbatical replacement in Upstate New

York, as an adjunct at Tallahassee Community College and at John Paul II Catholic High

School. She always looks forward to finding time to read just for fun. She loves to learn new

things and is trying to learn how to knit right now, but mostly she enjoys being with her family.

Jarrett is married to Roark James and has two wonderful step children, Benton 13 and Kelsey

11.



"My goal as an educator is to teach academic content as well as help develop nurturing,

respectful, individuals capable of making a significant difference in the world. I seek to help

students believe in the goodness within themselves and to learn to have faith in their academic

ability."


Deborah Schaum, College Preparatory Reading/Student Success Assistant Professor,

received her Master's degree in Reading and Adult Literacy Education from Antioch University

McGregor. She is currently working on her PhD in Education at FSU. Deborah comes to us from

FSU and the Florida Center of Reading Research where she served as a Technical Assistance

provider for teachers, reading coaches, and principals of Reading First schools throughout the
eastern region of the United States. Deborah is a native Texan. In Texas she served as a full

time instructor in Curriculum and Instruction. She is certified in the states of Florida and Texas

in the areas of Reading, Mathematics, Special Education, ESOL, Middle School and Elementary

Education. She and her husband Jeff have 2 children, Alexandria (12) and Chase (9).



"I believe that a strong background in mathematics will not only serve our students well in

their careers but in their entire lives. By teaching them not only the 'how' but also the 'why' of

math, I hope to give them the knowledge and understanding to achieve their maximum

potential."



Jim Smart, Math Assistant Professor, received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in

mathematics at the University of Florida. He began his teaching career in the Peace Corps,

serving in Malawi and Kenya, and in the New Orleans public school system. He has also taught

at the P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida and at Santa Fe

Community College in Gainesville. Having taught courses from the middle school to the

university level, Mr. Smart most enjoys the joys and challenges of teaching community college

students. The variety of students found in a single location is unmatched in any other setting,

and they each bring something unique and valuable to the classroom. In addition to teaching,

Mr. Smart enjoys the outdoors, particularly cycling, hiking, and kayaking, and finds

Tallahassee an ideal location to enjoy all of these.



"I see myself as a storyteller and scholar, dedicated to presenting History in ways that make

the information memorable, relevant and engaging. I genuinely respect my students, and am

committed to empowering them on their journey to academic and professional success."


Melissa Soldani Lemon, History Assistant Professor, earned a Ph.D. from FSU, an M.A.

from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BA from Loyola University, New Orleans. All of

her degrees are in history with concentrations on Immigration/Ethnic History, Women's History

and Latin American History. She taught History as an adjunct at TCC from 1995 to 2002, when

she moved to Fort Lauderdale to become Director of a non-profit that dedicated itself to

fighting bias, bigotry and discrimination. While in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Soldani-Lemon taught

History courses at St. Thomas University, Nova Southeastern University, and Broward

Community College. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Soldani-Lemon is an avid reader and

published essayist. She and her husband Charles Lemon are parents of Zoe Maria (4) and

Zachary Charles (1).
"I always wanted to be a Dental Hygienist, and I remember the people who encouraged me. As

an educator, I also have the wonderful opportunity to contribute to the success of each of my

students.."


Virginia (Ginny) Wagner, Dental Hygiene Assistant Professor, has been an Adjunct

Instructor in the Dental Health Programs since 1994. She completed her Dental Hygiene

training at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1976, and my Bachelor of Health Science at UF in 1986. She

worked as a dental hygienist in private practice from 1976 until 1996. During her association

with TCC, she has taught Embryology & Oral Histology, General & Oral Pathology, Pain Control,

Nitrous Oxide Sedation, Community Dental Health, Preclinical Dental Hygiene Theory & Lab,

Clinical Dental Hygiene I, Clinical Dental Hygiene I Theory, and has assisted in Radiology Lab,

Dental Anatomy Lab, Office Emergencies Lab, Dental Materials Lab, Clinical Dental Hygiene II,

and Clinical Dental Hygiene III. When she is not working, she spends her time with her 16 year

old son, Danny, serves in the Women's Ministry at Meridian Woods Church of Christ, and reads

almost anything.

								
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