James Deaton, Coordinator of Academic Services
I am excited to be on the TRIO STEM3 staff. I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in Exercise Science Sport Administration in 2009. I was in the TRIO Program for Academic Advancement as a student, and the outstanding support I received at PAA inspired me to pursue a career in academic advising myself. PAA’s academic counseling helped me balance a full class load and a demanding work schedule, while maintaining an athletic lifestyle. Further, the camaraderie and cooperative environment at PAA provided me with a “home base” on campus, where I felt comfortable to study in between classes.
As a low-income, first generation student, I am familiar with the struggles that students with a similar background may face while completing their degree. Additionally, as I returned to College after a change in careers, I understand the challenges of non-traditional students. I am dedicated to providing the same thorough and thoughtful advising that I received as a student with PAA.
I am originally from Granite Bay, California. In my first career, I was a professional mountain biker, and my racing activities brought me to Durango. I am a former World Mountain Bike Downhill Champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductee. In the course of my racing, I have traveled many places around the world. I have chosen to live in Durango because I appreciate the human scale of the city, the positive atmosphere of Durango - in which residents are actively involved in the enrichment of the community, and of course, the world-class mountain biking.
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