Vicki Apicella, 2013
- Student Services Advisor
- DSC employee since September 2011
Degrees and schools where awarded: B.S.E.D. – Educational Psychology, University of Georgia; Graduate studies in varying exceptionalities, University of Central Florida
Outside interests: Sailing, writing, World War II, traveling, painting
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I taught various subjects, grades 6-8, at Silver Sands Middle School and Grace Academy, Ormond Beach. I also co-owned Daytona Brick & Stone and Masterlife Financial, LLC., where I was involved in sales, training, management and marketing.
What professional projects are you working on right now? I just completed my first class at DSC in Educational Technology and am presently enrolled in Diversity in Education.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Having the opportunity to encourage new students of various ages and walks of life as they make their first steps in higher education.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? To complete a series of books that lift people up where they are in life and give them hope to press in and press on.
In life? My life goal is to live in such a way that I leave behind me a legacy of faith!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? To ask myself, “Will anyone die because of this?” If the answer is no, then all really will be okay. I will get through it. I’ve repeated this to my children and friends many times; it helps put things into perspective.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I have 6 children and a grandson.
Last book read:Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Loyal, more than a conqueror, dancing queen, encourager, easy going!
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: Winston Churchill, King Solomon and my two grandfathers, whom I never had the opportunity to meet as they died before my birth.
The Daytona State of Mind to me is an extended family that cares, encourages and brings hope to all who enter its gates to provide what is needed to move students forward to a future that they envision for themselves.