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Meet the CTLE Staff


 Matt Klauza

Matt has been teaching since 2000.  His education includes a B.A. in English Education with a teaching certificate in English and Environmental Science, an M.A. in English, a PhD in English, and 36 graduate-level credit hours (and counting) in pedagogical theory and practice beyond these degrees.  He has been a faculty developer at PBSC since 2016 and was Lake Worth Campus’s Professional Teaching and Learning Chair from2014-2016. 

Matt’s passion lies in helping faculty try new methods that maximize their students’ success. His areas of focus are 21st century educational methodology, the student experience, and the management of an engaging classroom.

Phone: (561) 868-3155
Campus: Lake Worth
Office: CE 123


Sonya Rawlins

Sonya is currently working as the Associate Administrative Assistant for the Center of Teaching and Learning Excellence department as well as assisting Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Holly Bennett, with the continuing contract process.

She joined Palm Beach State College in 2018 as an Administrative Assistant after over 8 years of working in higher education.

Phone: (561) 868-3427
Campus: Lake Worth
Office: CE 121




Ira Rosenthal

Ira has both a B.S. and an M.S. in Mathematics, and an Ed.S in Educational Leadership.  She is passionate about life-long learning, and continues to take classes from Coursera and edX every year.  She has been teaching at PBSC for over 20 years in both face-to-face and online formats.  Previously, she served as a department chair, Math Team coach, faculty mentor for Science Path, and co-PI of the NSF grant InnovATE.  She has been an active member of the Professional Development Committee since its inception.

Some of her educational interests are flipped learning, developing problem solving skills, and effective use of technology in helping students become self-directed learners.  Ira enjoys working with the talented PBSC faculty to support them in their endeavors of increasing student success, and providing innovative, engaging learning experiences for all students.

Phone: (561) 207-5058
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Office: BB 2012


Carrie Thompson

Carrie has been teaching at Palm Beach State since 2011 and has been full-time faculty since 2017.  From 2008 to 2016, she held various positions in the Student Learning Center. Her education includes a Master of Education and an additional 21 graduate-level credits in English Literature.  She served as the Professional Teaching and Learning Center (PTLC) liaison for Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses in 2018, and prior to this position, she served on the PTLC campus committee, often helping to facilitate and coordinate professional development for instructional faculty.

Carrie thrives in a dynamic environment and believes that faculty should actively and hungrily pursue new knowledge and learning opportunities. Self-reflection and life-long learning are essential to not only faculty success, but also student success. 

Phone: (561) 993-1152
Campus: Belle Glade
Office: CRA 106

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