Teacher Education Department

Faculty and Staff

Richard Fulton
Director Teacher Education Department
Education and Business Hall, RM 244

Dr. Richard Fulton has his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He earned his Social Studies Teaching License at Colorado State University. He has spent 22 years in K-12 schools in Colorado as an Environmental Education Coordinator, High School Teacher, State Assistant Director for Colorado Learn and Serve, and Principal; notably founding principal of Compass Montessori Charter School in Jefferson County, the first preschool through 12th grade Montessori Farm School in the US. His academic studies have included student teachers in alternative schools, alternative schools' implementation of standards-based education, students' perceptions of high school small learning communities, and K-20 service learning partnerships. Dr. Fulton is currently the Director of Teacher Education at Fort Lewis College and is teaching in the secondary portion of the licensure courses.

William A. Camp
Coordinator of Field Experiences
Education and Business Hall, RM 242

William A. Camp. Mr. Camp earned his B.A. in English Literature, Washington College, 1981; A.M. English Literature—Creative Writing, Brown University, 1983. He is currently the Coordinator of Field Experiences for the Teacher Education Licensure Program and has been employed at Fort Lewis since 1997.

Chiara Cannella
Multicultural Education/Ed. Technology
Assistant Professor
Education and Business Hall, RM 252

Dr. Chiara Cannella focuses on cultural diversity in education as well as socio-cultural perspectives on education. Her research addresses education for marginalized students, and she has done participatory and community-based action research in schools, engaging students' civic and social activism in disenfranchised communities. She has been active in the Council on Anthropology and Education and a co-principal investigator for the Research Collaborative on Youth Activism. She spent several years working with a social justice education project, and studied how various programs affect students’ academic and social identities. Her publications include “Faith in Process, Faith in People: Confronting Policies of Social Disinvestment with PAR as Pedagogy for Expansion” in the volume Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion edited by Julio Cammarota and Michelle Fine; and “Youth Agency, Resistance, and Civic Activism: the Public Commitment to Social Justice,” co-authored with Pedro Noguera in the volume Beyond Resistance! Youth Activism and Community Change.

Elizabeth Hope Dorman
Assistant Professor
Secondary and Elementary Ed/Assessment/ Multicultural Education/Literacy
Education and Business Hall, RM 248

Dr. Beth Dorman earned her Ph.D. in Instruction and Curriculum from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a specialization in Research on Teaching and Teacher Education.  She also holds a master’s in Educational Leadership and Professional Development from Prescott College in Arizona. She has extensive experience designing and directing graduate teacher licensure programs, particularly in urban contexts. She has taught at the college level since 1999, most recently at Regis University in Denver. Dr. Dorman taught ESL as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central Africa and English, French, and Spanish at the secondary level. She is also certified in Linguistically Diverse Education and Elementary Education. She spent a decade working with Expeditionary Learning schools and continues to be passionate about school reform and experiential, active learning. She has also instructed Outward Bound courses for educators, taught in a college writing program, and helped develop research tools for measuring the effectiveness of urban teachers. Dr. Dorman’s scholarly publications and presentations have focused primarily on teaching for social justice, cultural competence, and literacy. Other research interests include assessment, teacher development throughout the career, and mindfulness in education. Dr. Dorman currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching and Research and regularly reviews manuscripts for textbooks and journals and submissions for conferences. 

Kristine Greer
Early Childhood Programs/Elementary
Associate Professor
Education and Business Hall, RM 256

Dr. Kris Greer holds a M.A in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Colorado at Denver and an ED. D. in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has worked many years as an early care and education professional as an interventionist, family advocate, special educator, and director. She is currently an associate professor of Teacher Education and the early childhood coordinator in the Fort Lewis College Teacher Education Department. Her major area of interest at Fort Lewis College is in early childhood and specifically teacher retention in early childhood. She recently had an article printed in the May/June edition of Exchange Magazine entitled Tackling turnover: One center’s efforts to institute center- and community-wide change and also presented on the subject of retention at the World Forum of Early Education in Waikiki in May of 2011. She is active in the area of early childhood professional development and policy in the Four Corners Area. In addition, she is on the Colorado State Advisory Board for Parent Involvement with a focus on Higher Education.

Susan Martinez
Visiting Instructor
Education and Business Hall, RM 255

Susan Martinez received her B.A. in Behavioral Science with a teaching license from the University of Southern Colorado. Her M.A. was earned through the University of Northern Colorado in Elementary Education and she received a School Administration Certification from Denver University. She has teaching experience in Durango Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, and Jefferson County Public Schools. Her School Administration Experience is within the Durango Public School system. She has taught at Fort Lewis College as a guest instructor for 11 years. In addition, Mrs. Martinez currently serves on the Mercy Medical Center Board as the secretary. She has held the offices of Vice President and Treasurer on the Mercy Medical Center Board. She has also served on the Public Housing Board, Sheriff Dept. Advisory Board and President of Durango Education Association as well as head negotiator for the Durango Education Association.

Suzie Null
Assistant Professor
Secondary Ed/Language Arts
Education and Business Hall, RM 258

Dr. Suzanne Null has a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Composition Theory from U.C. Santa Barbara, and a teaching credential and Masters in Creative Writing degree from CU-Boulder.  She began her career by serving as the Backpacking Specialist at the Girl Scouts’ Camp Mountain Meadows, and then worked in Boulder Valley School District as a secondary Language Arts teacher at Broomfield Heights Middle School and at Monarch High School. She has also helped coordinate the South Coast Writing Project’s Young Writer’s Camp, coordinated the 2008 Writing Research without Borders Conference, and helped edit two volumes on international writing research.  Her research interests include writing instruction within school organizations; she is particularly interested in examining how other professions and organizations can inform the teaching profession, and how teachers’ professional knowledge can inform those in other professions and organizations.   Dr. Null is currently on the leadership committee of the Bisti Writing Project, and teaches K-12 literacy courses in Fort Lewis College’s Teacher Education Department.

Jen Rider
Visiting Instructor
Education and Business Hall, RM 254

Jen Rider recently joined our team as a visiting instructor.  She has a M.A. in Spanish from New Mexico State University, and a M.A. in Linguistically Diverse Education from Adams State College.  She has taught Spanish as a second language as well as Spanish for native speakers at Durango High School and Glenwood Springs High School for 9 years.  Her experience living among Latin American cultures has been vast, including a Fulbright Teacher Exchange year in Mexico and 2 years in Honduras as a Peace Corps volunteer.  Ms. Rider has led various student trips to South America, and is passionate about multicultural and multilingual education.

Linda Simmons
Teacher Education Outreach Program
Education and Business Hall, RM 238


Gene Taylor
Exceptionalities/Secondary Education
Education and Business Hall, RM 270


Michelle Celeste
Administrative Assistant
Education and Business Hall, RM 249