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.
Publication Editor - Ellenar Harper
Tallahassee Community College
Ellenar Harper is the Program Chair of Developmental Communications and an Associate Professor of higher education at Tallahassee Community College where she teaches English. She holds a Bachelor’s in communication studies and English creative writing and a Master’s in curriculum and instruction in secondary English education. She is also an alumn of the Kellogg Institute for Adult and Developmental Educators and Learning Skills Specialists. In her six-year career as an educator and scholar-practitioner, she has been striving to empower students in and beyond the classroom. She enjoys teaching traditional and online courses in developmental writing and college composition. Harper leads as course coordinator for the co-requisite and accelerated courses she designed and developed. As a Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewer, she has experience in online instruction, instructional design, and peer review.
Harper’s professional interests include working with leadership, training adjunct writing professors, integrating reading and writing, designing curriculum, enhancing digital literacy, and using thematic units to address social justice issues as well as hone the critical thinking and writing of students. As a literacy educator, she seeks to incorporate reading and technology seamlessly in the composition classroom so that students become active, successful participants in the global society of the 21st century. She is committed to constantly improving teaching and leadership in order to better serve students, particularly those with developmental education needs. When she is not in the classroom empowering students, she enjoys reading, traveling, serving the community, and working on various creative arts projects.