Teacher Education Department

Faculty and Staff

Richard Fulton 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. CampWilliam 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 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 DormanElizabeth Hope Dorman

Assistant Professor Secondary and Elementary Ed/Assessment/ MulticulturalEducation/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 GreerKristine Greer

Early Childhood Programs/Elementary Associate Professor



Education and Business Hall, RM 270

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 MartinezSusan Martinez

Visiting Instructor



Education and Business Hall, RM 246

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 NullSuzie 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.

Kay Hensler PhelpsKay Hensler Phelps

Assistant Professor Elementary Science Methods/Science for Educators/Literacy and Arts Integration



Education/Business Hall, RM 256

Dr. Kay Phelps earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California. Her research examines culturally responsive family engagement and home/school/community partnerships. In addition to school-based coaching, she has presented for the International Alliance for Invitational Education, the International Roundtable on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the American Educational Research Association, and Learning Forward. A veteran teacher and Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Phelps taught for three decades in Southwest Colorado and the United Kingdom before becoming Assistant Professor at Fort Lewis College where her interest in leveraging partnerships and optimizing collaboration is applied to science and literacy instruction. Her life-long exposure to native art coupled with a personal connection to the arts has prompted Dr. Phelps to become a vocal advocate for arts integration, working to promote the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities.

Jen RiderJen Rider

Visiting Instructor



Education and Business Hall, RM 254       

Jen Rider is a visiting instructor and the coordinator of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement.  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 teaching English at a community college, and 2 years in Honduras as a Peace Corps volunteer in agriculture.  Jen has led various student trips to South America, and is passionate about multicultural and multilingual education.  She is currently a doctoral candidate at New Mexico State University, with a focus in educational learning technologies and social justice issues in education.

Lorien Chambers SchuldtLorien Chambers Schuldt

Assistant Professor Language Arts/Cultural and Linguistic Diversity



Education/Business Hall, RM 250

Lorien Chambers Schuldt earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford University with a focus on literacy and language learning for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She holds a teaching credential and B.A. from Wellesley College and spent almost 10 years teaching in elementary classrooms in California and Colorado, most recently as a kindergarten teacher in Bayfield. She has also spent time in classrooms in Mexico and New Zealand exploring how schools support bilingual literacy development. Her research focuses on fostering rigorous literacy instruction for students from diverse backgrounds, with particular attention to building opportunities for classroom discourse in reading and writing instruction. She has also spent several years working with Dr. Maren Aukerman to explore the use of dialogic pedagogy in bilingual classrooms. She is a National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation dissertation fellow and has been active in the Literacy Research Association. In addition, she has worked on an IES and Gates Foundation projects examining teacher evaluation and professional development for middle school teachers. She is excited to be joining the Fort Lewis faculty and to be returning to the area.

Michelle CelesteMichelle Celeste

Administrative Assistant



Education and Business Hall, RM 249