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About the Dean

Dr. Joyce Rollins, Interim Dean, School of Education and Charter Schools

Joyce Rollins.

Dr. Joyce Rollins, Interim Dean, School of Education and Charter Schools, has been a professor of Elementary Education at Florida SouthWestern State College since January, 2009. Dr. Rollins completed her doctorate in education in July 2016 where her research and dissertation centered on mathematics anxiety in elementary education teacher candidates. Her master's degree, from George Mason University was in Transformational Education. There, she also received the Teaching and Learning Award in 2000.

Prior to coming to FSW, Dr. Rollins taught with renowned scholars in the Initiatives in Educational Transformation program at GMU for seven years. Dr. Rollins coauthored the article, "Singing in my own voice: teachers' journey toward self-knowledge" published in the July 2008 edition of the Journal of Transformative Education. Dr. Rollins spent twenty years teaching elementary school in Arlington, VA where she received multiple honors including Teacher of the Year and Math Educator of the Year; she was also nominated for the Disney American Teacher Award. After teaching elementary school for twenty years, Dr. Rollins was the Vice President of Bell School Network where she traveled nation-wide providing educational support to K-12 schools. Since joining FSW in 2008 she has received the NISOD award for excellence and the School of Education's Outstanding Educator Award. In addition to teaching and program oversight, Dr. Rollins is the advisor to KDE and the primary contact for FFMT. Dr. Rollins was hired by FSW when the baccalaureate degrees in education were just developing and is proud to have been a part of the success not only of the School of Education, but of all the graduates that are now improving the education in southwest Florida.