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Assistant Dean David Griffin speaks to incoming students and parentsAdvisor Kelly Briggs advises an undergraduate studentAdvisor Mechelle Martinez works with students

Advisors, Faculty and Staff

We are:

  • Teachers – who empower students to take responsibility for their academic success. 

  • Mentors – who work with students to reach their goals. 

  • Guides – who help students navigate their college experience. 

  • Resources – who serve as a point of contact and refer students to campus services. 

  • Experts - who help students understand the College of Education, Kansas State University, its programs and curricular requirements, and related learning opportunities. 

  • Advocates – who comply with FERPA and disability policies to protect students’ privacy and rights.

Academic Advisors

Sandra Avalos

Sandra Avalos

Elementary

013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
savalos@k-state.edu

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Bio

Sandra Avalos is originally from Texas, where she earned her degree in History. She taught in 3 different school districts within Texas before moving with her military husband to Germany. While in Germany, she worked with the Army counseling soldiers and their family members in their pursuit of education. She most recently worked in the Seattle, WA area with students who were At-Risk of not graduating from high school. She recently earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling. Her future goals include pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education, as well as earning a graduate certificate in Academic Advising.

Education
  • B.A. - History, Tarleton State University
  • M.Ed. – School Counseling, Bowie State University
Courses Taught
  • DED 075 - Orientation to Teacher Education
Research Interests

Student services in higher education; transition programs for students; military students

Kelly Briggs

Kelly Briggs

Elementary and Honors Coordinator

013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
kbriggs10@k-state.edu

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Bio

Kelly Briggs is originally from Ontario, where she earned degrees in Classics before turning her attention to teaching. She taught ESL in Toronto, Ontario and Guangzhou, China, before returning to the University of Toronto to complete an education degree with an emphasis in multi-cultural classrooms. She then lived and taught in Cairo, Egypt for 8 years before moving to Kansas. Kelly is the college coordinator for the Honors Program as well as advising both elementary and secondary education students.

Education
  • B.A. - Classical Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • M.A. - Classics, University of Western Ontario
  • B.Ed. - Secondary Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
  • M.S. - Academic Advising, Kansas State University
Courses Taught
  • DED 075 - Orientation to Teacher Education

Mechelle Martinez

Mechelle Martinez

Secondary and Athletes

013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
mefema@k-state.edu

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Bio

Mechelle Martinez is from western Kansas. She attended Seward County Community college, where she played tennis. She received a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Emporia State University, and has worked in public education for 20 years, including Dodge City High School, Emporia High School, Emporia State University, and eight years at Kansas State University. She currently advises secondary and student athletes, and serves as Kansas Community College liaison and graduation administrator.

Education
  • M.S. - Counselor Education, Emporia State University
Courses Taught
  • DED 075 - Orientation to Teacher Education
Research Interests

First generation students; adult students; military families; student athletes; instructional technology

Lindsey Morford

Lindsey Morford

Elementary, Secondary and Athletes

013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
lm85@k-state.edu

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Bio

Lindsey Morford grew up in Kansas as part of a family with strong ties to K-State—her mother and cousin were both elected as K-State Ambassadors, her uncle played the role of Willie the Wildcat, and the Hildebrand family was selected as the 2012 K-State Family of the Year. As a student at K-State, Lindsey was a four-year member of the K-State women’s equestrian team and actively involved in The Navigators, a student organization. She completed both her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree from K-State. While in graduate school, Lindsey worked as a graduate assistant academic counselor for the K-State baseball and equestrian teams. Upon graduation, she worked for three years at Manhattan Christian College as an academic advisor for students in the MCC/K-State dual-degree program until May 2014, when she was given the exciting opportunity to return to her alma mater in her current position.

Education
  • B.S. - Agriculture – Animal Science, Kansas State University
  • Equine Science Certificate, Kansas State University
  • M.S. - College Student Development - Intercollegiate Athletics, Kansas State University
Courses Taught
  • DED 075 - Orientation to Teacher Education
Research Interests

Student athletes (particularly identity and transition concerns); students with learning differences

Di Murphy

Di Murphy

Licensing Officer

013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
dim@k-state.edu

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Bio

Di Murphy grew up in South Dakota and taught in Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa before settling in Manhattan. She began working at Kansas State University as an Academic Advisor in 1989. Licensure Officer duties were added to her job in 2004. She currently advises people that already have one degree and are wanting to get licensed to teach. She also works with all teachers getting licensed through K-State. In her spare time, she works with her husband at Mid-America Piano.

Education
  • B.S. - Education, Northern State University
  • M.S. - College Student Personnel Services, Kansas State University
 

Center Faculty and Staff

David Griffin

David L. Griffin, Sr.

Assistant Dean and Director
Associate Professor
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-6361
dlgriff@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Physical Education/Health/Social Studies/Biology, Lane College, Jackson, Tennessee
  • M.S. - Secondary Administration, Central Missouri State University
  • Ed.Sp. - Educational Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Ed.D. - Educational Administration, Kansas State University
Research Interests

Multicultural education; students at-risk

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Danae Daellenbach

Recruitment Coordinator
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
danaed@k-state.edu

Nick Gallivan

Nick Gallivan


Graduate Assistant
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
ngallivan@k-state.edu

Ana Mendonca

Ana Mendonca


Graduate Assistant
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
mendonca72@k-state.edu

Lori Duncan

Lori Duncan


Administrative Officer
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
seven@k-state.edu

Janel Harder

Janel Harder


Office Specialist IV
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
janelh@k-state.edu

Debra Wilcox

Debra Wilcox


Assistant to the Assistant Dean
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
debwilcx@k-state.edu

Joab Esamwata

Joab Esamwata


Graduate Assistant
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
jesamwa@k-state.edu

Make an Appointment

If you are a student in the College of Education, you can make an appointment with your advisor online using
SSC Campus. If you are interested in the College of Education, please contact the office in 013 Bluemont Hall
at 785-532-5524.