Celina Bellanceau, MS
Instructor of Biology
“As teaching is a learning process, I find that I always learn the most from my students and experiences. I strive to combine my passion for teaching with my desire to have a positive impact on my students and the community, as my students share their newfound knowledge. To engage students, I think it is important to provide context for the subject matter, showing how it is linked to students’ everyday lives and life experiences.”
Ms. Bellanceau was born and raised in Portland, Maine, where she developed a sense of awe for the natural world. She completed her undergraduate education at Simmons College, a small women's college in Boston. There she completed her bachelor's degree in biology, with an emphasis on conservation biology. During her undergraduate career and for a year after graduating, she worked as an administrative assistant for epidemiologists at the Channing Laboratory, a research laboratory of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health. There, she developed a passion for environmental health. She completed her master's degree in biology at the University of South Florida with an emphasis on ecology. During her graduate schooling, she was fortunate to teach undergraduate laboratories. She taught Introductory Biology, Biodiversity, and Human Anatomy and Physiology laboratories. This is where she developed her before unknown passion for teaching.
Upon graduating, Ms. Bellanceau worked for the Museum of Science and Industry Education Department as the Coordinator of Group and Outreach Programs. She taught all age groups from elementary school to senior citizens. It was during this time that she developed a love for simple, hands-on activities. Since that time, and before coming to Florida Southern College, she taught various biology courses as a part-time instructor at Hillsborough Community College, the University of South Florida, and the University of Tampa.
Currently, Ms. Bellanceau is pursuing a doctorate degree in Higher Education. Her time at these varied institutions provided her with experience teaching a wide range of students, which is important for every instructor.
M.S., Biology, University of South Florida
B.S., Biology, Simmons College
Honors and Awards
- Distinguished Mentor of a Graduate Teaching Assistant - 2010
- Department of Biology Teaching Award, University of South Florida - 2006
- Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of South Florida, Nomination - 2006