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Falcon Spotlight - LaKisha Holmes

Lakisha HolmesLaKisha Holmes, 2015

  • Assistant Professor, School of Mathematics & Principal Investigator for the STEM Community Scholars Program
  • DSC employee since 2007 

    Degrees and schools where awarded: B.S. in Chemistry, Spelman College; M.A. in Mathematics/Educational Leadership, University of Central Florida. 

    Career/Professional honors:

    • NISOD Teaching Excellence Award
    • Les Simons Student Advocacy Award
    • Presenting & disseminating the results of our STEM program at national conferences (AACC, NSF and Educator Policy Institute (EPI)

    Outside interests:

    • Volunteering in various capacities with multiple local and national organizations. 

    What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I started my career as a chemist in research and development, then worked in upper management as a plant production manager in the chemical engineering industry, and later transitioned into education.

    What professional projects are you working on right now? Doctoral studies

    What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? There have been many rewarding experiences for me, but one of the highlights has been the success of the STEM Community Scholars Program, which is funded by a National Science Foundation grant.  To date, our program has served more than 300 students and provided advising, mentoring, workshops, professional development, financial assistance and many other STEM-related opportunities. 

    What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? Completing my Ph.D. 

    In life? To be the best wife and mother I can be. 

    What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?  Start each day with a grateful heart. 

    One thing people are surprised to find out about me is:  I love country music. 

    Last book read:  “Keep it Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All” by Karen Ehman 

    If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Grace, Gratitude & Grit 

    Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire? My father, my mother, my husband, Shawn, and my grandparents (I know this exceeds the limitJ). 

    The Daytona State of Mind to me means
    let’s make it happen! 

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