Valerie Pennington

ProfessorSchool of Mathematics, Science & Engineering

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(619) 421-6700 x5516

60-161, Chula Vista

Professor Pennington has been teaching full-time at SWC since 1996. 

Online she's The Penguin Prof 🐧 and you can access all of her social media links as well as her YouTube channel here:
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Current teaching focus:

  • Human Physiology (Bio. 261)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (Bio. 190)
  • General Biology (Bio. 100) asynchronously online

SWC Awards:

  • Teaching Excellence Award, 2001
  • Faculty Leadership Award, 2021


  • SWC Distance Education Task Force
  • PRISM founding member (LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group at SWC)
  • Climate Reality Leadership Corps (educator)
  • HAPS (Human Anatomy and Physiology Society)
  • NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers)
  • ACS (American Cancer Society) outreach and patient advocacy 
  • Semester at Sea Faculty Alumni Association (Fall 2004 voyage)
  • SANCCOB (The South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds)
  • WWF (World Wildlife Fund)
  • Global Penguin Society 

Other Activities:

Valerie served as the Teaching With Technology Faculty Coordinator during the pandemic (2020 - 2022) and has a great passion for online ed, educational technology and instructional video production.

Her other passions include travel, SCUBA diving, dancing, reading, photography and all things Italian (especially pizza - she has an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven).