Alyssa Foxson, MS

Visiting Instructor of Biology

 I have been utterly fascinated by the unseen world around me since my childhood pediatrician showed me my first germ under the microscope at 5 years old. Enthusiasm is contagious and my goal in the classroom is to infect my students with this same love of Biology. I apply the concept of the one-room schoolhouse to my classes. Students in college classes are very diverse and I believe if I develop a collaborative learning environment students will want to learn. I don't want my students to feel as if they are just a face in the crowd. I want them to know that I care about their success and then maybe they will too. We spend lots of time doing group activities and nothing is better than seeing students teach each other!

I am new to FSC and to Florida as of Fall 2013. I am originally from NYC. I was invited to FSC this year to help support teaching the largest incoming freshman class in history! I am currently teaching Bio1500 which is the introductory level Biology course for Biology majors. I am scheduled to teach Cell Biology and Bio1000 in the spring 2014. My background is in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics with an interest in the extremophiles of Earth and Astrobiology. I came back to my love of teaching at FSC from my last position at the Colorado Department of Public Health where I was part of a nationwide team of scientists conducting air surveillance for release of bioweapons for DHS. I fell in love with teaching during my undergraduate years at MSU where I became a TA during my freshman year. The hands-on teaching style required of TA's is where I developed my collaborative approach to teaching. I was continuously told by my students they learned more from their TA's than their instructors in large lecture classes. I have been teaching college since 2005 in several states, including, Michigan and Colorado. I have taught a variety of classes including: General Biology I and lab, Intro and advanced Cell Biology, and General and Applied Microbiology and lab.

Traveling! I have been to over 40 US states including Alaska, Hawaii, and the US Virgin Islands. I have been around Europe and I am planning my next trip to the pyramids of Egypt.

Education

M.S. Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University
B.S. Microbiology, Michigan State University

Connect with
Alyssa Foxson

Polk Science
863.680.5046
afoxson@flsouthern.edu