2018 Spotlight on Dental Education Ceremony

List of all awardeesThe University of Florida College of Dentistry hosted its second annual Spotlight on Dental Education reception Tuesday, April 10, at the UF Biomedical Sciences Building on the UF Academic Health Center campus.

Spotlight on Dental Education recognizes the many people who contribute to making the University of Florida College of Dentistry educational programs great – from faculty to students to teaching assistants and a number of committees that keep the educational wheels turning in the college.

Awards and certificates were presented during the reception. In addition to the traditional clinical and basic sciences Teacher of the Year Awards, all tutors and teaching assistants from the Class of 2018 were recognized, as well as members of two committees: the Student Performance Evaluation Committee and the Curriculum Committee.

The college awarded four exemplary teaching awards; one Excellence in Teaching honor and three Sustained Excellence in Teaching awards. To see all our photos from the event, visit the photo album on the college’s Facebook page.

Exemplary Teaching Awards

Chosen by a selection committee

sustained excellenceSustained Excellence in Teaching

  • Alex J. Delgado, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Luisa Echeto, D.D.S., M.S., FACP
  • Steve Howard, D.M.D., FAGD


Robiero and GarciaExcellence in Teaching

  • Ana Dias Ribeiro, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.


Wallet, Garcia and WangTeacher of the Year Awardees

Teachers of the Year is determined by DMD student ballot

  • Clinical Sciences: Joy Wang, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Basic and Behavioral Sciences: Shannon Wallet, Ph.D.

Tutors and TAs Recognized from the Class of 2018

While the faculty members are at the forefront of educating dental students and residents, peer learning, including tutors and teaching assistants, are critical in supplementing the formal curriculum through the peer tutoring program at the college. Listed below are our senior DMD students who participated as tutors.2018 class tutors

  • Andy Alvarez
  • Ale Arias
  • Casey Cameron
  • Kristen Dreyer
  • Kelsey Ebach
  • Scott Elliott
  • Eric Faby
  • Kurtis Hussey
  • Kathie Kapernaros
  • Duy Nguyen
  • Alejandro Quesada
  • Luis Rodriguez
  • Ruchi Shukla
  • Mina Sidhom
  • Shelby Sox
  • Michael Vracar
  • Taylor Vracar

Student Performance Evaluation Committee (SPEC) Members

Members of SPECAssesses student academic and conduct performance – meet regularly after hours as volunteers

  • Neel Bhattacharyya, B.D.S, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Alex J. Delgado, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Stephen Howard, D.M.D., FAGD
  • Joseph Riley, Ph.D.
  • Cesar Migliorati, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • John Neubert, D.M.D., Ph.D.
  • Patty Probert, Ph.D.
  • Shannon Wallet, Ph.D.

Student members

  • Hayden Bell
  • Bradley Sleeth
  • Tanesha Williams

Curriculum Committee Members

Ownership and responsibility of the DMD program curriculum resides solidly in the hands of the faculty: content, sequence, methods and assessment of student learning are all faculty-driven responsibilities at the UFCD

  • Robert Caudle, Ph.D.
  • Alex J. Delgado, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Deborah Dilbone, D.M.D.
  • John Hardeman, D.D.S., M.D.
  • Theodora Kompotiati, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Cesar Migliorati, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • Leda Mugayar, D.D.S.
  • Annetty Soto, D.M.D.
  • Charles Widmer, D.D.S., M.S.

Student members

  • Andy Alvarez
  • Matt Dawley
  • Reinol Gonzalez
  • Katelyn Radner
  • Brad Sleeth
  • Adam Tow

DMD Class of 2018 Officers

The class officers play an important role in leading their class and also acting as liaisons between administration and their class. The college is grateful for the time these students spend as leaders while also juggling the demands of dental school.

  • Will Baldock, President
  • Heather Perez, Vice President
  • Kathie Kapernaros, Secretary
  • Phil Robbins, Treasurer