Shelly Riccolo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. She then graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Master's in Educational Leadership. Shelly is a lifelong learner and has 60+ hours past her Master's degree. She instills the passion of learning in her students at all levels. She currently works as a seventh grade English teacher for Mesa Public Schools in Arizona.
She loves her endeavor of being part of the adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University (GCU). Shelly strives to create a positive classroom climate and culture for all her students. She relates to her students on a one-to-one basis and believes in empathy and compassion for all. Shelly enjoys the great experiences she has gained from GCU since starting over two years ago.
Shelly loves to spend time with her family. She and her husband are raising two daughters, one a freshman in college and the other a sophomore in high school. She loves the beach, watching her daughters play sports and of course, reading in her spare time.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
I love working with adult learners. I enjoy the deep discussions on the forum with the students as I continue to learn from them as well. Constantly, I am trying to improve myself to become a better instructor which all comes down to the belief that one is never too old to learn.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I am a firm believer of creating a positive classroom culture/climate. In the discussion forums, I reply to all the students on their initial discussion question posts. I find this builds rapport with the students and it creates a mini family for the seven to eight weeks we are together. Seeing the students as people, with needs, cares and wants is very important to me.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
In one of my Cultural Diversity classes, a student lost his father to a tragic death. I worked with him so that he could maintain his 4.0 grade point average. The student was a phenomenal person and completed all work with ultimate perfection. It is a nice feeling to help someone in need and know that they appreciate one's kindness and compassion shown toward them.