Dr. Lora Kosten is Faculty Coordinator for USF Sarasota-Manatee at North Port and also teaches courses in elementary education methods and foundations of education. She is retired from the Central Falls, Rhode Island School District where she worked as both a teacher and a principal.
What made you come to USFSM?
For the opportunity to live in Venice and work in higher education.
What special projects/research are you involved in?
Currently I am on a Planning Committee for Leadership North Port. Leadership North Port is an initiative involving selected participants who are connected to the community in some way. The mission is: To create a place where leadership skills and community resources can be applied to inspire individuals to become a leader in the North Port.
Leadership NP will meet each month February through November for a full day of presentations and tours by local government and business leaders. I am working to help plan and facilitate four half-day trainings on leadership skills.
What other jobs have you held before this one and what were your roles?
Central Falls Rhode Island school District: General Science and Biology Teacher grades 7-12/Grade 4 teacher/Elementary School Principal
Adjunct Instructor for Leadership Studies at Rhode Island College
If you were selling USFSM to an incoming student what would you say?
USFSM is a small personalized community with huge credentials.
How has USFSM made you a better professional/person?
USFSM is a respectful environment that embraces the community. While my students and the classes I teach are my main priority; I have been inspired to get involved in the community. I recognize the importance of service and feel I have developed a lifelong commitment to it.
What are some of your goals for the future?
To publish a journal article about the importance of the integration of arts and education.
What is the best part of USFSM?
The students! We have both traditional and non-traditional students, all who are dedicated and hard-working. Helping them fulfill their dreams of a college degree is most rewarding.