Excellence Awards Recipient Detail Information

Larry Herndon
Professor, Student Life Skills,
Valencia College
Statement:  Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world," Nelson Mandela. My teaching philosophy is predicated on the value of education and how we live in a society that does not laud education to the same degree as athleticism or entertainment. Being a professor has been fulfilling, as it has provided me with opportunities to help foster students academically, socially, and morally. I consider myself a sculptor that helps to shape and mold the lives of his students. Further, my leadership style is service leadership where I believe that in order for our society to be as great as we profess, we have to be responsible stakeholders of our communities. A significant part of my philosophy is to use Service Learning as a means to develop conscious stakeholders of their communities. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.

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