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FDEA Executive Board

President - Sharisse Turner
Tallahassee Community College

Sharisse Turner, president of FDEA, has over 30 years of experience in developmental education at the community college level.  She has taught developmental writing, reading and College Success courses.  She once served as interim director of the Learning Commons at Tallahassee Community College.  Currently, she serves as the dean of the Transitional Studies division at TCC, where she oversees all developmental education and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. 


A native North Floridian, Sharisse is a product of Florida’s community college system with an AA degree from Chipola College.  Additionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and two master’s degrees:  one from Tallahassee Christian College and the other from Walden University.  An ordained minister, Sharisse serves on the ministerial staff at Celebrate New Life Tabernacle Church in Tallahassee.  She and her husband Derald are the proud parents of four children and three grandchildren.  In her spare time, Sharisse enjoys reading, writing and crocheting.  

Secretary and Historian - Priscilla McAlister
Northwest Florida State College

Priscilla McAlister has worked at Northwest Florida State College since 1991.  Her jobs have included Associate Faculty member of the Mathematics department, Math Lab Manager, and Assistant Professor in Developmental Mathematics.  She was recently chosen to be the founding Chair of the Developmental Studies Department.  She has been instrumental in developing curriculum to implement innovative course delivery options for developmental mathematics.  As a professor she has established a strong and positive rapport with her students, tutors, and colleagues.


Priscilla holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Teaching from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from the University of West Florida.  She is a member of the Association of Florida Colleges, Florida Developmental Education Association, and the National Association for Developmental Education.


Priscilla has dedicated her career to improving Developmental Mathematics and supporting Developmental Studies including Developmental English, Reading, and College Success.  She desires to be a member of the FDEA Executive Board to assist developmental educators for the changes occurring in Developmental Education.  She strives to facilitate new methods in the delivery of developmental education to the students in Florida colleges when Senate Bill 1720 is implemented.

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