Bio and Philosophy
Ms. Judy "Scorpio" Welch was educated in the Miami-Dade County Public School system as an honor student. After being accepted to the prestigious Spelman College. Scorpio majored in English and she attended classes/chapel services with some of the most intellectual and famous American citizens of our time at the helm. Famous women such as the esteemed Shirley Chisholm, Coretta Scott King, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Jordan, and Alice Walker impressed her with their emphasis on importance of the written word on feminine purpose, politics, education, and business. Professor Welch has two daughters who have earned the master’s degree in Public Administration and Healthcare Administration.
Professor Welch believes that principles of intellectual integrity and academic veracity should be a compass to guide students and professors in the classroom. Pledging your life to academia requires true engagement with true literature, the facts, old and new theories, and constantly pursuing new ideas to shape your global understanding of the world. I believe I help students do that every day. Scorpio earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Spelman College. Her master’s degree in English Education from Nova Southeastern University and is ABD in her doctoral program majoring in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University as well.
Welch mainly uses “Flipped Learning” strategies in the classroom to increase student involvement and participation using cloud based software. Welch believes that flipped learning methods in English courses and other fundamental subjects using innovative free cloud based software such as Socrative, web articles and media as well as Writing Commons and Poll Everywhere help students of all modalities learn better. Using cloud based tool under the umbrella of flipped learning professors can: a) observe student participation in real time b) collect data c) quiz students on course related materials in a non-threatening environment d) collect responses in a word cloud format to enhance in class discussion e) students can respond using whatever device they own which includes smartphones, tablets, laptops, chrome books, and even "dumb phones" with text messaging only f) add electrifying, real time polls to lectures and g) grading and attendance is a snap.
Scorpio espouses the idea that the classroom, whether it is live, hybrid, or fully online is a place for personal development of a student which benefits the individual as well as our academic community at large. The purpose of education is to create free thinkers who are not restricted by assertive philosophies of how one's own life and community should be organized. Interaction with the written word/text through technology is critical in studying classic or contemporary literature today in order for students to be global competitors and citizens.
Nova Southeastern University