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Get academic success coaching and maximize your time at FLC

Student talking to a faculty advisorComing to college can raise lots of questions. What you thought you wanted to study when you applied may change as you learn about other fields. Or, maybe you’re curious about student clubs or community organizations related to your major. Maybe you’ve begun to think about the career options your major sets up. Maybe you want to set goals for your time at FLC. Academic Success Coaches are faculty who help you explore these and other questions.

Here to help

Academic Success Coaches can help you:

  • Discover your interests, passions, and motivations.
  • Explore academic and career paths that match your unique skill sets.
  • Acquire academic study, organization, and time-management skills.
  • Connect to campus and community resources, opportunities, and communities.
  • Practice self-advocacy, empowerment, and accountability.
  • Cultivate healthy habits of mind, body, spirit which foster resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • Set and attain academic and personal goals.

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If you have not been contacted by a Success Coach and would like to learn more about partnering with a Coach, please reach out to: 

Michelle Bonanno

Staff & faculty

When you submit a referral form, the student you refer will be connected with an Academic Success Coach, or else connected with a more appropriate service to support them.

To refer a student for Success Coaching, click here to submit this form to the Academic Care Team.

Meet our coaches

First-year and first-generation students

Michelle BonannoMichelle Bonanno, Director of Peer Education & First-Year Experience

Michelle Bonanno is a Senior Lecturer of English and Director of First-Year Experience and Peer Education. She started working at FLC in 2005, but she was a student here before that! Michelle is a first-generation college student and graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Communications in 2001. She then attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she earned a Master of Arts in Communication in 2004. 

As a student at FLC, Michelle met her future husband, Anthony, and they are now raising their two children, AJ and Mia.  As a family, they love to camp (especially in San Diego), boat (especially at Lake Powell), and cross-country ski (especially at Vallecito).

Health Sciences

Jaymee CarozzaJaymee Carozza, Lecturer

Jaymee graduated from California State University, Chico with her undergraduate (1993) degree in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Health. After taking a year off of school to figure out her next step, she went back to Chico State to complete her master’s degree in Exercise Physiology (1996). 

Jaymee has lived in Durango for 23 years. She came to Fort Lewis College as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach and Exercise Science Instructor in August of 1997. After 10 years of coaching and teaching she decided to stay home for a few years to raise her children. She continued to teach as an adjunct a few classes a year until all 3 of her kids were in school. She has been in her role as a full-time instructor for the last 4 years. 

Jaymee has been married for 19 years and has 3 children. She has 2 boys: Sam who is 17 years old and Owen who is 14 years old. Her daughter Mia is 13 years old. 

Jaymee feels fortunate to be in a career that she loves. One of her favorite parts of job is watching students come to Fort Lewis College not certain who they are and what they are supposed to do and then watching them grow into successful young adults.

School of Business Administration

Elizabeth CartierElizabeth Cartier, Assistant Professor

Elizabeth A. Cartier, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in the 2018-2019 academic year. Prior to joining Fort Lewis, Dr. Cartier was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico and a Lecturer at Arizona State University Colleges at Lake Havasu City. Dr. Cartier’s teaching focuses on organizational behavior, human resources, and decision-making. While pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she received the Isenberg Doctoral Teaching Award in 2015. Dr. Cartier’s research concentrates on tourism impacts, the critical aspects of power and control, gender and social inequality, and the relationship between discourse and power. Dr. Cartier’s practical experience was focused in the hospitality industry, where she worked in restaurants in Massachusetts, New York, and Colorado. When Dr. Cartier is not at the Fort, she can be found enjoying the north country of Durango skiing, fishing, or hiking.

Society, Inquiry and Justice & Communication, Creativity and Aesthetics

Anthony CartonAnthony Carton, Assistant Professor

Since joining Fort Lewis College's Art and Design department in 2017, the opportunities to work one-on-one with students in the areas of bilingual typography and web design have been some of the most rewarding for me. I've enjoyed working closely with students in the studio, engaging them as teaching assistants and collaborating with them in the Go Code Colorado competition. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time hiking and fishing with my family and wrenching on our Jeep between trips over the mountains.

Society, Inquiry and Justice & Communication, Creativity and Aesthetics

Ryan DubasRyan Dubas, Lead Academic Coach

Ryan was born in Colorado Springs and then grew up in Central Nebraska and Northeast Kansas during his 10s and 20s. He earned a B.A. in English Composition at Hastings College and an M.A. in English/Cultural Studies at Kansas State University. He is interested in historical, cultural, and ecological influences on literature and composition. For the first half of his 30s, Ryan left teaching to work in vineyards, orchards, and farms. His time in nature taught him to consider the role of silence and simplicity in communication. 

As a professor and success coach, he is especially interested in balancing and integrating left and right-brained methods of inquiry and ways of knowing. In the writing classroom, he emphasizes place-based inquiry and works to integrate indigenous research methodologies. His current studies explore the effects of written literacy on psyche, mythologies, and cultures. 

Science, Engineering, and Math

Daisy MatthewsDaisy Matthews, Lead Success Coach

Daisy moved to Durango in August of 2014 to take a position as a full-time visiting instructor in the math department at FLC. She taught 100 and 200 level classes for four years before taking a position at Durango High School, where she taught sophomore and junior level math classes in addition to SAT Prep (a college-preparation course) and Calculus III. She earned her master's degree in Algebra from the University of Montana-Missoula in 2014 and a bachelor's of science in mathematics and secondary education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. She is currently a part-time lecturer in the math department at the Fort and a Lead Academic Success Coach.

She has been teaching on and off for the last 16 years and loves helping students find ways to feel successful in their academic pursuits! She also enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, camping, paddleboarding, and swimming.


Maggie ShieldsMaggie Shields, Academic Success Coach

Dr. Maggie Shields is the Academic Success Coach focusing on student athletes.  She loves working with the student population and helping to navigate the challenges of course mapping, time management and stress reduction.  When not working with students, you will find her teaching nutrition classes or demonstrating how to make delicious food. Outside of Fort Lewis College, Dr. Shields has a small farm with her husband and daughter and loves spending time building and creating.

School of Education

Mike WagnerMike Wagner, Lead Success Coach

Mike came to Fort Lewis in 2017 as an assistant field instructor for the Adventure Education Block Semester. In 2020, he transitioned to the Teacher Education department as an Adjunct Instructor. In addition to Mike’s roles at Fort Lewis, he has served as the Staff Manager at Deer Hill Expeditions in Mancos, CO since 2018.  He loves teaching, and is especially passionate about human and community development. When Mike is not planning lessons and grading papers, he walks his 12-year-old Chihuahua, plays guitar and violin, is a competitive endurance athlete, avid river rat, and a loving husband to his partner of 17 years.

Undergraduate Research

Christine SmithChristine Smith, Undergraduate Research Support Coordinator

Christine Smith is FLC’s Undergraduate Research Support Coordinator, and she teaches in the Biology Department.  She has a BS in Chemistry from Indiana University and a PhD in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale University.  She loves teaching, which she has been doing for close to 20 years now.  She also loves working closely with students—whether it is assisting them with classes and life in general, or helping them get involved in research projects with mentors.

Christine moved to Durango with her husband in 2008.  After adopting a child from China, they moved to Albuquerque, where she taught at the University of New Mexico for a few years.  They are all very happy to be back in Durango where they ski, hike and bike and are thankful for the opportunity to live in such a beautiful place.