Friday, February 27, 2015

Get to Know Conner Harvey, student staff member extraordinaire!

Conner Harvey
We are pleased to shine the spotlight on Conner Harvey, extraordinary person and one of the indispensable leaders of our student support team. A Jacksonville native and senior at the University of North Florida, Conner has worked at UNF Continuing Education for the past two years and has endeared herself to staff, instructors, and continuing education students alike.
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Dean Robert Wood highlights one of Conner’s many accomplishments: "Conner had real work experience going to Burris Logistics in Lakeland FL and did assessments for 5 people. This was invaluable to our division, and more importantly our customer. This was an urgent demand by the client and Conner was able to help and did a great job of interacting with one of our new business supporters."

When asked to describe her experience at UNFCE, Conner replied, "Coming to work at UNF Continuing Education always puts a smile on my face! The staff here really is like a second family to me and is always making an effort to see how things are going in and outside of work. The best part of working here is the flexibility with my class schedule, being able to meet so many wonderful new people every day, and even feeling important with what I do here. It is nice to feel so appreciated by the students and instructors for doing some of the simplest things for them that make their experience that much better!"
Anyone who has spent any amount of time around UNFCE can’t help but notice the integral part that our student support team plays in the successful operation of our division. Jeanette Toohey, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute agrees: "Work Study students are critically important to our Division's commitment to high quality Customer Care. They ensure that the lifelong learners we serve have a positive experience in our classes and our classrooms . They also provide extremely important support for our instructors, that maximizes their teaching enjoyment as well as the positive impact of the programs they teach ."
Last May, Conner was selected for the UNF Service Learning Team
that went to Hawaii to work in local schools assisting special needs students.
We are glad she got to have some fun, too!
Conner will receive her Bachelors of Arts in Special Education with a focus in Deaf Studies on May 1st, 2015. She plans to teach 4th or 5th grade deaf and hard of hearing students somewhere close to home next school year. We will certainly miss her around here next year but we know that she will continue to be a positive role model for all who have the privilege to work with her and for her students.

The next time you are in our office, please say a big thank you to Conner and all of our other student support team members. They are in many ways the heartbeat of the division.