Advisors, Faculty and Staff
- 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.
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.
Student services in higher education; transition programs for students; military students
Elementary and Honors Coordinator
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.
Secondary and Athletes
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.
First generation students; adult students; military families; student athletes; instructional technology
Elementary, Secondary and Athletes
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.
Student athletes (particularly identity and transition concerns); students with learning differences
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.
Center Faculty and Staff
David L. Griffin, Sr.
Assistant Dean and Director
Multicultural education; students at-risk
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