Faculty & Staff
Dr. Anne Angstrom
Dr. Anne Angstrom began her teaching career in 1992 in Kentucky, where she taught middle and high school reading, Spanish, English, and speech and drama. She holds a Ph.D. in English Language Arts Education from Auburn University, a Master of Arts degree in Secondary School Counseling from Western Kentucky University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary English and Spanish Education from the University of Kentucky. Her honors include High School Teacher of the Year (Glasgow Independent Schools, 1996); Paul W. Scheid Memorial English Education Award (Auburn University, 1998); Albert Hamilton Collins and Presidential Graduate Fellow (Auburn University, 1998-2000); and Outstanding Graduate Student (Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Auburn University, 2001). She has been a professor of English at Western Kentucky University and at Florida SouthWestern State College before joining the School of Education in 2012. Dr. Angstrom has published articles on the teaching of adolescent literature and has given presentations at numerous regional and national conferences. Dr. Angstrom’s scholarly interests include the use of reading and writing workshop and portfolio assessment.
Professor JoAnne Devine
JoAnne Devine is a Professor of Elementary Education at Florida SouthWestern State College. She has 35 years of experience in public education, notably teaching grades 1-10, focusing on Math, Reading, and Science. As an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, she taught graduate courses in Children’s Literature, Cooperative Learning, Mentoring, Curriculum and Instruction, and Math for elementary and middle school teachers. JoAnne holds a Master’s degree in Integrated Curriculum and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Reading Education Pre K-Adult from the University of Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Westfield State University. She has written and been awarded several grants from both the United States Department of Education and Massachusetts Department of Education that created a partnership with the University of Massachusetts and the public schools in Western Massachusetts for staff development in Standards Based Education including Backwards Design, Brain-based Education, and Reading Diagnosis and Intervention.
Dr. Julia Kroeker
Dr. Julia Kroeker is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Florida Southwestern State College. She has nine years of experience teaching preschool and kindergarten in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Kroeker completed her Ph.D. in early childhood education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Her dissertation was entitled, “Indoor and Outdoor Play in Preschool Programs: A Mixed Methods Study.” While at the University of Nebraska, Dr. Kroeker also earned a certificate in Mixed Methods research. She earned a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education with an early childhood endorsement from Hastings College in Nebraska. She has presented research at national and international conferences, including the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) and The Association for the Study of Play (TASP). She hopes to share her passion for teaching and learning with her students, as well as her excitement for play in early childhood education.
Dr. Regina Miller
Dr. Regina Miller is a Professor of Education at Florida SouthWestern State College. She teaches T.E.S.O.L. (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) courses for students in the Bachelor of Science Degree Program and serves as the ESOL Coordinator in the School of Education. Dr. Miller has experience as a special education teacher, behavior management specialist, staffing specialist, learning resource specialist, online writing consultant, online associate faculty for graduate education courses, and adjunct professor for E.A.P (English for Academic Purposes) courses. She has spent many hours in the classroom at all grade levels as a classroom teacher and behavior management specialist. Dr. Miller holds a Master of Science in Specific Learning Disability, an Educational Specialist (Ed. S) in T.E.S.O.L, and Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Joyce Rollins
Joyce Rollins is a professor of Elementary Education and the Coordinator of Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education at Florida SouthWestern State College. Professor Rollins spent over twenty years teaching 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. She received a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Marymount University. At Mason she received the Teaching and Learning Award in 2000. She taught with renowned scholars in the Initiatives in Educational Transformation program at GMU for seven years. Professor 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. 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, Professor Rollins is the advisor to KDE and the primary contact for FFMT. Currently she is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northcentral University.
Dr. Kelly Ross Kantz Roy
Dr. Kelly Ross Kantz Roy joined the faculty at Florida SouthWestern State College as Professor and Coordinator of Early Childhood Education in fall 2016. She began her professional experience in Western New York more than 35 years ago teaching preschool and providing early intervention and family support services for children with developmental challenges. Dr. Roy holds a Ph. D. in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education from Iowa State University. She completed her multi-disciplinary Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees at Buffalo State College and the University at Buffalo respectively. Dr. Roy has managed both private and public inclusive educational services in such varied locations as eastern North Carolina, the Commonwealth of Dominica, and Paris, France. She has been a professor of Early Childhood Education at Danville (Va.) Community College, the University of the (US) Virgin Islands, Hood College, and the University at Buffalo. Dr. Roy has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. She has garnered more than $3,000,000 in grant funds for various projects throughout her career. Her scholarly interests lie in the study of outdoor environments and their impact on self-determination and learning for young children.
Dr. Caroline Seefchak
Caroline Seefchak, Professor of Reading/Literacy, has been an educator for almost three decades and has twenty years’ experience in K-12 teaching and administration. She holds a Ph.D. in curriculum from Northcentral University, a Master of Science degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Barry University. She has earned post-doctoral certificates from Appalachian State University and from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. At FSW, she was a Professor of English for five years before joining the School of Education in 2014. She is the 2012 recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award and has earned national recognition as the sixth highest scoring professor, 2011-2012, on RateMyProfessors. She has two published books and is working on a third, and she has presented at numerous national and international professional conferences. Her current research interests include evolving literacies, cognitive development, and the role of cerebral executive function in the learning process.
Dr. Brian Botts
Dr. Brian Botts has a rich history of enhancing public education in S.W. Florida. His career began as a science teacher in 1996 at Lehigh Senior High School when it was a brand new high school in the district’s East Zone. After a successful career teaching Biology, Physics, and Chemistry for both Honors and Advanced Placement students, he transferred his professional efforts into Administrative work. As an Assistant Principal, Dr. Botts helped LSHS move from a brand new high school through the next 10 years of defining itself as a leader in academics and a designated Center for the Arts for students living in the area. One important concept at LSHS that was implemented with direct influence from Dr. Botts was the idea of a Freshmen Academy. This decision and effort was designed to help students leaving middle school make a solid transition into high school life in terms of adjusting both academically and socially. This experience of opening a school and establishing a solid academic trajectory led to his re-assignment as an Assistant Principal to open East Lee County High School’s new permanent building as a last step before becoming a school principal. After spending two years as Principal of Fort Myers Middle Academy, Dr. Botts has served as the Principal of Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School – Lee. Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School – Lee is a premier educational organization that functions as a charter school in collaboration with the Lee County School District and Florida SouthWestern State College. The organizational and personal commitment that Dr. Botts brings to the school through Science Technology Engineering and Math serves as a focus for students and teachers. This focus has helped Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School – Lee earn top honors in Lee County on standardized tests while de-emphasizing the FCAT and other high stakes testing in our day to day operations. The schools focus on project based and constructivist activities is designed to help students make real world connections between subject material and their personal lives. Recently, FSWC – Lee became the first and only public charter school in Florida to earn STEM accreditation through AdvancED.
After earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from FGCU to begin his administrative career, Dr. Botts completed his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Barry University with a dissertation focus on how different forms of knowledge flow through an organization. During the course of earning his undergraduate degree in Chemistry, he held several research jobs in the fields of bio-technology, mechanical engineering, and aerospace research contract administration. While married with four daughters and working in public education over the course of past 14 years, he has demonstrated that forging strong connections between families, students, and schools is the best groundwork from which to promote high levels of academic achievement.
Matthew Catanzarite is the Principal of the Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School - Charlotte. He has over 15 years of teaching and educational administration experience. Before becoming the Principal at the Charlotte Collegiate High School in 2015, Matthew held such positions as high school social studies and world history teacher, and Assistant Principal. He has earned professional certifications in Educational Leadership, Social Studies and English, and he is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte 2013. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, both from the University of North Florida.
Kathie DiLascio is the Operations Specialist in the School of Education. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management from Florida SouthWestern State College and an Associate in Arts degree from Edison State College. Kathie has worked in post-secondary education since 2002 holding positions in the School of Health Professions and the Office of the Registrar as well as supporting Senior Administration at FSW before coming to work in the School of Education. She is a member of the Association of Florida Colleges, Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Kathie has been nominated for the FSW Staff of the Year Award, an award that recognizes outstanding public service, mentorship, and dedication to student success.
David Koehler is the Recruiting and Advising Specialist in the School of Education at Florida SouthWestern State College. He began his teaching career in Oxford House, MB (Canada) over 18 years ago. He has earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in English and Geography from the University of Winnipeg. During the past 18 years, he has taught elementary, middle, and high school students in a variety of private and public school settings. As the Academic Success Director at Southwest Florida College, he managed tutoring services and instituted new initiatives to improve student retention and student success. He was also awarded the Educator of the Year award in 2007 and the President’s Award in 2012.
Elizabeth Perdomo is the Coordinator, Field Experience in the school of Education at Florida SouthWestern State College. She graduated from Ashford University and earned a Bachelor of Social Science with a concentration in Education. She began her teaching career in 2006 and taught with the City of Cape Coral Charter Schools, where she helped open and establish the VPK program. In 2011-2014 she taught at the Middle School level with the same system, teaching 6th grade Study Skills and 7th Grade Reading. From 2014-2016 she taught Kindergarten/First Grade and 3rd grade. She is very excited to be a part of the higher education team at FSW.
Dr. Amanda Sterk
Dr. Amanda Sterk is the Director of Accelerated Learning in the School of Education. She has been in education her entire career that expands over 15 years serving students around the globe, including, Germany, Japan, Niger, Nicaragua, Iowa, and Florida. She graduated with a Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa, with a concentration in Social Studies. She completed her Masters of Counseling from Drake University, and Doctorate of Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University.
Dr. Sterk has served many roles as a classroom teacher, school counselor, and administrator, most recently serving as the high school counselor for Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School-Lee, where her senior class netted over $10 million worth of scholarships at top post-secondary institutions around the nation. Her passions are in student college-readiness and accelerated learning, where she is active in local, state, and national programming and research. She actively blogs on the high school to college process and has published a guidebook for Florida high school students and parents.