Meet Flo!

My husband, young daughter & I moved to Lombard in 1992 to be closer to family.  For nearly 30 years, I have been active  in our community while pursuing a rewarding academic career at Saint Xavier University in Chicago.   I have recently retired after 32 years.   I earned a B.A. in Mathematics  from Douglass College (Rutgers University) and an M.S. and D.A. (Doctor of Arts) in Mathematics & Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

As a computer science educator, I loved my fast-moving STEM discipline and used innovative pedagogies to adapt to both face-to-face and online courses.  I taught my students technical, theoretical and ethical concepts in computing.   And, as I advised & mentored my students, I learned about the challenges they faced as they pursued their dreams.  I oversaw internships and developed relationships with employers.

As a department administrator, I managed curriculum development and handled budgets, reports and program reviews.  As a faculty union leader, I worked with the administration and served on contract negotiation teams, guided by the principle that an institution's commitment to its faculty translates to its commitment to its students.  As the recipient of four National Science Foundation grants focussed on curriculum and support for underserved STEM students, I was able to address the academic and financial needs of our students and our institution.

Reflecting on the many roles I played during my academic career, it is clear that I have the experience and insight to contribute to the COD board.   I can think of no better way to serve the community that has given me and my family so much!

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Paid for by Florence Appel for COD