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Meet the CTLE Staff




  • Dr. Joshua D. Kanies
    Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Director

    Dr. Joshua D. Kanies, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Director, has been working in Higher and Post-secondary Education for over 20-years. He has led educational institutions in Faculty Development, Curriculum and New Program Development, Workforce Development, Instructional Design for Virtual and Hybrid courses and LMS Management. He holds a BFA from Iowa State University, an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and completed his Doctorate with Argosy University. His dissertation investigates how institutions address adult learner needs and how they understand learner motivations in their field of study. His continued research considers the correlations among students and faculty within the Self-Determination Theory framework and how to improve both the teaching and learning experience. He is passionate about innovation and experimentation in and outside of the classroom and takes an engaging and active listening approach with students and faculty in support of their academic and professional journey.

    Phone: 561-207-5050
    Campus: Lake Worth

    Dr. Emmanuel Alvarado
    Faculty Developer

    Emmanuel received his BA in International Relations from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico, as well as his MA in Spanish and his PhD in Comparative Studies from FAU. Emmanuel has taught Spanish and sociology at FAU, Lane College (Tennessee), Coastal Bend College (Texas), and PBSC. He has published numerous articles and presented various conference papers in the fields of Sociolinguistics and Hispanic Studies. More recently, Dr. Alvarado has co-authored Intimacies and Cultural Change (2014, Routledge), Transnational Popular Psychology and the Global Self-Help Industry (2016, Palgrave), and Neoliberalism and the Negotiation of the American Dream in Contemporary Latina Narratives (2019, Bristol University Press).

    Emmanuel has worked at Palm Beach State College for the past 7 years. During that time, he has served Palm Beach State College in various roles such as foreign language cluster chair, general education committee chair, institutional review board chair, faculty liaison for the district diversity council, as well as the advisor of the Spanish club at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

    Phone: 561-207-5050
    Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
    Office: AA 0210

    Professor Catherine (Kate) Montero
    CTLE Liaison, Belle Glade & Loxahatchee Groves Campuses

    Catherine (Kate) Montero joined Palm Beach State College in 2017 as a Speech Communications professor. Prior to joining PBSC, she taught a variety of communication arts courses at Florida International University, and was a public speaker instructor at Keiser University. Throughout her ten years as a high school digital media instructor in Broward County, she was named Broward Teen News Teacher of the Year twice and was awarded the ING Unsung Heroes National Grant for ‘Outstanding Educational Project.’ Most recently, Ms. Montero co-authored a children’s book, The Epic Adventures of Big Binks, which seeks to teach children the significance of open communication and highlights the importance of learning to communicate cross-culturally.

    Kate is most passionate about helping students realize the value of empathy, and strives to instill the importance of preparation and practice as essential for achieving personal and professional success.

    Phone: 561-993-1135
    Campus: Belle Glade
    Office: CRA 2131

    Tim Stutt
    Instructional Designer

    Tim joined the CTLE at Palm Beach State in the summer of 2021 in as an Instructional Designer focusing on ways to improve student outcomes as a part of the Title V program and the Panther Strong 2023 initiative.  He currently works on programs to support modernizing classrooms for active learning and leads development of the 5-star faculty development certification program to support student success and completion.  Prior to working at Palm Beach State, Tim worked at the College Board on digital resources and at number of K-12 schools supporting accessibility through instructional design. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a master’s degree in Information Studies.

    Phone: 561-868-3325
    Campus: Lake Worth

    Ebony Collier
    Instructional Designer

    Ebony Collier, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Instructional Designer, joined Palm Beach State College in the Summer of this year. She is currently working for the Title V Grant, leading the Reading Apprenticeship and PBSC Innovation Grant programs - both are initiatives to aid the retention and completion rates for the target group of the Title V Panther Strong Project. Before joining the CTLE, Ebony worked for the Orange County School District, where she held various roles and was an adjunct professor for Valencia College. She enjoys changing environments into actual experiences, which fuels her career. She has a B.A. in English Literature and an M.S. in Instructional Design Technology.

    Campus: Lake Worth

    Professor Helena Zacharis
    CTLE Liaison, Boca Raton Campus

    Helena’s passion for developmental education and its importance in student success has been the focus of her career at Palm Beach State College, where she has worked for more than 14 years.

    She is a professor of College Readiness and EAP at the Boca Raton campus, where she focuses on instructing preparatory and non-native students in writing, grammar, and critical reading. Prior to Helena’s position as full-time faculty, she held positions in the Student Learning Center as the Manager at the Palm Beach Gardens campus as well as the Reading Learning Specialist at the Boca Raton campus. 

    She is trained with the College Reading and Learning Association and is a member of the National College Learning Center Association, the Association of Florida Colleges, and represents PBSC as a board member for the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies.

    Phone: 561-862-4714   
    Campus: Boca Raton 
    Office: BT 2164

  • Dr. Lisa Byard
    Continuing Contract Coach

    Dr. Lisa Byard serves as a Professor II in the College Readiness department at the Lake Worth Campus.  Lisa has served as a CTLE fellow and is currently the Introduction to the College Experience Cluster Chair.  Prior to her work at PBSC, Lisa worked as the Higher Education Leadership/Student Affairs Liaison at Florida Atlantic University where she provided educational, career and personal advising to graduate students.

    Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University (State University of New York) and her master’s in higher education leadership from Loyola University Chicago.  She spent several years as a K-12 educator and earned her single-subject teaching credential in Social Sciences from Notre Dame de Namur University.  She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. Lisa is eager to serve as continuing contract coach for her peers.

    Phone: 561-868-3771
    Campus: Lake Worth
    Office: TC 118

    Dr. Lauren Chambers
    Continuing Contract Coach

    Lauren Chambers received her BA and MA in English from Radford University. She also earned a Ph.D in English Literature from The University of Georgia in 2013. She joined Palm Beach State College as an English faculty member in 2014 and currently works on the Gardens campus. 

    During her time at Palm Beach State College, she served on a variety of campus committees, professional development opportunities, and as co-advisor of the Dream It, Do It student club. Her active engagement allowed her to learn more about the College and to gain additional knowledge that she uses to ensure student success. She also currently serves as the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College Liaison for the Gardens campus.

    Phone: 561-207-5609
    Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
    Office: AA 223

    Professor Laura Clouse 
    Continuing Contract Coach

    Laura is in her seventh year as Professor I of English at Palm Beach State College on the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves Campuses. In addition to her teaching and coaching duties, Laura is Department Chair for both campuses. In 2020, she earned her Continuing Contract at PBSC and won the 2019 PBSC Employee Excellence Award for Collaboration, and in 2018 she was the recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award.

    Laura earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Michigan State University in 2000 and her Master’s Degree in English from DePaul University in 2006. She has been teaching since 2006 and before coming to PBSC, Laura spent three years as English I Coordinator and Continuing Lecturer at Purdue University, and nine years as Adjunct English Instructor at various colleges. Laura’s love of instruction is what often helps students achieve excellence in their work. She says her best lessons are the ones where she is teaching most passionately, and those messages are the ones that really resonate with students.

    Phone: 561-790-9055
    Campus: Loxahatchee Groves
    Office: LGA 0212

    Dr. Anthony (Tony) Piccolino
    Lead Coach and Coordinator of Faculty Continuing Contract Coaches

    Dr. Anthony (Tony) Piccolino serves as Professor III of mathematics at the Lake Worth campus and is Honors College Faculty Coordinator. Dr. Piccolino also coordinates the training program for continuing contract coaches. Prior to joining the Palm Beach State faculty in 2010, he taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses in mathematics and mathematics education for 17 years at Montclair State University in New Jersey and served on several dissertation committees. In addition to his years in higher education, he also served for 25 years as a mathematics teacher and K-12 supervisor in public schools in New York State. Tony’s educational background includes an B.S. in mathematics from Iona College, Master’s Degrees from Yeshiva University and Fordham University, and a doctorate in mathematics education from Columbia University (Teachers College).

    Tony is co-author of several high school level textbooks and a frequent presenter at AMATYC conferences. Tony’s research interests are in the History of Mathematics with emphasis on the reform in algebra in Victorian Britain and the rigorization of analysis in the nineteenth century.

    Phone: 561-868-3472
    Campus: Lake Worth
    Office: TE 0210

    Professor Lystra Seenath
    Continuing Contract Coach

    Phone: 561-868-3334
    Campus: Lake Worth
    Office: SS 210

    Professor Candace Walker
    Continuing Contract Coach

    Professor Candace Walker has her B.S. in Marine Biology and M.S. in Biology with a focus on aquatic biology. She currently teaches Concepts in Biology, Introduction to Environmental Science, Principles of Biology I and II and their associated labs. She serves as a department chair for Biological Sciences, Nutrition and Health Education, Music, Art, and Foreign Languages for the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves Campuses.

    Phone: 561-993-1425
    Campus: Belle Glade
    Office: TEC 0214


    CTLE is grateful to PBSC Foundation for sponsoring the Fellows program for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. 


    2021-2022 Academic Year CTLE Fellows
    CTLE Fellows Pillar of Instructional Excellence
    Jang-Young Bang KNOW
    Pamela Mason-Egan THRIVE
    Africa Fine MANAGE
    Laura McCallister ASSESS
    Helena Zacharis ENGAGE
    Marcy Katz INCLUDE

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