Educating The Community
THE ORLANDO TIMES PARTNER OF EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT:
Dr. Winsome Bennett Helping To Educate Our Community
ORLANDO - Navigating the road to success has been both challenging and rewarding. Dr. Winsome Bennett can attest to this fact. A native of Jamaica, West Indies, she immigrated to the United States in 1970 just after completing High School in Jamaica. Much to her surprise, she was required to repeat the last year of High school, to match the American standard by taking American History. Realigning the course work was effortless as the level of the material was not very challenging.
As with most immigrants the need to complete an advanced degree was foremost on her mind. She started that journey by attending Roxbury Community College in Boston where she obtained her AA Degree in Management in 1976, then continued on to Simmons College in Boston where she also received a Bachelorís Degree in Management in 1978. The process continued as she attended University of Miami and completed the Master of Science Degree in Quality Management in 1997. The final leg of the education process lead to Walden University where in 2005, she received a Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences.
In between these educational endeavors, she attempted and completed a four year course of study in Electricity and earned an Electricians License in 1982, and a Masters Electrical License in 1983. She became the first Black Female to receive an Electrical License in the International Brotherhood of Electricians (IBEW) Local 103 in Boston. With licenses in hand, she became an Electrical Subcontractor in the Boston area for four years before relocating to Orlando, Florida in 1988.
The transition from Boston to Florida was very remarkable. Her first job in Florida was with the with Orange County Public Schools in the construction department where she worked for twelve and a half years in a number of Senior Level Management positions. After leaving the School board she took a leave of absence to complete the research for her studies. Two years later she went to work for Valencia Community College also in the Construction Department. In addition to the positions listed above she worked as an Adjunct Business Professor for both Barry and Webster Universities for over five years.
In an effort to continue serving the community, Dr. Bennett began offering after school work tutoring students who were experiencing difficulty with classwork in English or Math. As a result Fundamental Tools Inc., a nonprofit organization, was created by Dr. Bennett, and staffed by an energetic caring staff. This staff created regular improved behavior patterns through encouraging students to become aware of their own strengths as well as their weaknesses. The staff fosters strong study skills and homework completion techniques. The teaching concepts consist of active and hybrid learning. Active learning means that the students become participants in the learning process by participating and interacting. On the other hand, hybrid learning consists of a combination of lectures as well as participation.
Dr. Bennett also served as Chairperson for the construction of the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall for North Orlando Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The program caters to students K-12 grades as well as College Algebra and GED. It program provides individual as well as small group tutoring. Classrooms are located at 4125 North Hiawassee Road, Orlando, Florida 32818. It can be reached at 407-590-7438. Normal hours of operation are Mondays and
Dr. Bennett served as the President and Treasurer for BBVM Electrical Corporation in Boston from 1983 also by appointments. Thursdays from 4pm to 8pm. Fundamental Tools Inc., is a 501(C) 3 corporation, and can be contacted to 1988.
Board Member of Orlando Community Service, Orlando Florida from 2012 to present.
Board Member for New Heights Charter School, Orlando, Florida from 2014 to present.
President of the Board for Fundamental Tools Inc., Orlando, Florida from 2014 to present.
Head of the Building and Safety Committees of North Orlando Seventh Day Adventist Church from 2014 to present.