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Kelly Falcone

Professor & Professional Development Coordinator

About me

Kelly Falcone

  • Palomar College Associate Professor: Kinesiology & Health
  • Palomar College Professional Development Coordinator
  • CSUSM Part-Time Faculty- Educational Technology
Picture of Kelly Falcone and Bernese Mountain Dog, Mighty

Me and my baby girl Mighty… although she is not this little anymore!

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Personal Profile

Education:

  • 2001 Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology with emphasis in Fitness, Nutrition, Health
  • 2005 Masters degree in Kinesiology specialization in Biomechanics
  • 2012 Masters degree in Educational Technology
  • 2018 Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with specialization in Educational Technology

My story:

I started my college career at Palomar College as a freshman in 1997.  I competed in two sports, water polo and swimming, and transferred to San Diego State University in 1999 to complete my education and play water polo. In 2001 I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree and immediately started working on a master’s program.  While working on my master’s in Kinesiology, I started teaching Kinesiology courses and coaching water polo at Southwestern College.  In 2004 I was blessed to be offered the head coach position at Palomar College and came back to work where my college career began.

From 2004-2012 I coached both water polo and swimming and taught kinesiology and health courses.  I was also able to work closely with our adaptive physical education program, which included taking a group of students with special needs on an annual ski trip to Lake Tahoe.  In 2012 I made the difficult decision to take a break from coaching and go back to school.

I am passionate about creating educational experiences that engage students and help them not only learn the course curriculum but also learn habits of mind that help them be successful in life and in learning.  I am also passionate about how we can use technology as a tool to enhance the learning experience.  This passion is what inspired me to continue my education and rather than focus on exercise science I chose to spend the next 7 years completing a second masters degree, this time in educational technology, and continued on to earn a doctorate in Education with specialization in Educational Technology.

I believe Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best when he said, “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Employment Summary

  • CSUSM
    • Jan 2016-Present
    • Part-Time Facutly
    • Course:  EDUC 422, Technology Tools for Teaching and Learning
  • Palomar College
    • Jan 04 – current
    • Associate Professor, Health & Kinesiology
    • Professional Development Coordinator 2014-present
    • Courses Taught:
      • Introduction to Health (lecture class)
      • Health Lab
      • Water Polo
      • Beg-Int Weight Training
      • Fitness Activities
      • Beg-Adv Swimming
      • Water Aerobics
      • Adaptive Kinesiology (for students with special needs)
      • Adaptive Skiing (week long ski trip for students with disabilities)
    • Committee involvement:
      • Current:
        • Professional Development Committee
        • North County Higher Education Alliance (NCHEA)
        • North County Professional Development Federation
        • Basic Skills Committee
        • Learning Outcomes Council
        • Strategic Planning Council
        • Employee wellness committee chair (TEAM LIFE)
        • Active Learning Leaders (unofficial faculty work group)
      • Past:
        • Academic Technology Committee
        • Benefits Committee
  • Southwestern College 
    • Sep 01 – Dec 03
    • Adjunct Professor and Assistant Coach (water polo)
    • Classes Taught:
      • Beg-Adv swimming and water polo