Three Florida College System Professors Among Nation’s Best

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– Student survey identifies outstanding professors –

TALLAHASSEE – Three Florida College System professors have been rated among the country’s 300 best by Princeton Review. The top rankings were based on thousands of student surveys collected by The Princeton Review and, the highest visited college professor rating site in the United States.

Dr. Tony Smith of St. Petersburg College, Dr. Melinda Anne Shoemaker of Broward College and Monica Zima of Miami Dade College have been named among the best professors in the country according to a new book, The Best 300 Professors, published by The Princeton Review.

“We congratulate these three outstanding professors for this recognition from their students. They exemplify one of the great strengths of our system – devoted instructors willing to go that extra mile for their students,” said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna.

Dr. Tony Smith is an Associate Professor of Communication at St. Petersburg College. The book says of Dr. Smith, “Professor Tony Smith motivates students to want to attend class by emphasizing the importance it can have in their future careers, relationships, and daily life experiences.”

“A mentor once told me that all learning begins with motivation, so unless students are motivated in some way to learn, they won’t. Those words of wisdom have stuck with me over the years,” said Dr. Smith.

Dr. Melinda Anne Shoemaker is a Professor of Psychology at Broward College. The book noted that Dr. Shoemaker “teaches her students to apply the information they learn in her classes to real-life situations that have meaning and relevance. She believes that cooperative learning equals cooperative teaching, and shares her passion for people and psychology with her students and colleagues alike.”

Monica Zima, CPA MBA, is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Engineering and Technology of Miami Dade College. According to the book, Ms. Zima “is more than willing to devote time to each and every student who has a desire to learn. The challenge in teaching the sciences is that one must communicate with students at different learning levels if they are to obtain a thorough understanding of course fundamentals. Her teaching style is ‘clear, concise, and at a level of understanding than anyone can comprehend.’”

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