Outstanding Educator Award Presented to SCF Instructor

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 25, 2018) — Elizabeth Smith, a language and literature instructor at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), was presented with the Outstanding Educator Award from the Florida Developmental Education Association (FDEA). Smith, who is president-elect of FDEA, was given the award during the association’s 38th annual conference held at SCF Lakewood Ranch on Oct. 19.

Smith was the conference coordinator this year. She was one of two faculty in the state recognized for their leadership and outstanding work with students, according to Sharisse Turner, president of FDEA. Smith teaches developmental reading and writing skills and is the developmental education curriculum coordinator for the language and literature department at SCF Venice. Smith was recognized for exemplifying the philosophy of developmental education, her responsiveness to individual students and her commitment to professional growth.

The 2018 conference was centered around student retention, completion and success. Sessions included peer mentoring, math pathways, integrating reading and writing, and adjunct training. Because a recent report showed about 13 percent of community college students lack the food and nutrition they need, the association adopted a food donation service project to benefit SCF’s food pantries. SCF benefited as the conference host.

For more information, contact Smith at or 941-408-1511.

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