Meet the Student Success Team

A photo of Ross Brower.

Ross Brower
Principal Instructor
Ph: (612) 381-8247

Master of Arts in Education, Augsburg College
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Minnesota
Tutor Training Certification, National Tutoring Association
Certified Supplemental Instruction Supervisor, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.” –Mark Haddon

The itch to teach hit instructor Ross Brower after tutoring a classmate his freshman year of college, and since 2002 Ross has been connecting students to skills they need in his math class and his one-on-one tutoring sessions. His enjoyment of teaching creates a positive environment where students learn skills crucial for success in technical programs. As the Student Success tutor coordinator and head of the Supplemental Instruction program, Ross connects students progressing through their program with direct support.

He spends his free-time learning Spanish from his 8-year-old daughter, refereeing and playing lacrosse, and camping with his wife and daughter.

A photo of Eeris Fritz.

Eeris Fritz
Principal Instructor
Ph: 612-381-8122

Bachelor of Science in Economics and Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota
Associate of Science in Electronics Technology (Computers and Bio-Medical Technology emphasis), Brown Institute

“Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela

Eeris Fritz has a diverse education and career history. Consistently one of Dunwoody’s top-rated instructors, Fritz has been honored with the College’s Inspiring Educator Award, the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Youth Career Awareness Service Award in Teaching. In May 2014, she received the Instructor of the Year award and other commendations for her retention efforts at Dunwoody College of Technology. She teaches technical and developmental mathematics and offers electronics support. She is an academic student advisor and learning disabilities specialist.

Fritz developed, filmed and launched 20+ technical videos (MOOC support) for Dunwoody’s Technical Video Library to support difficult technical circuit analysis and mathematics. In addition, Fritz developed the Guided Study Recitation (GSR) model currently utilized in most technical programs at Dunwoody to increase retention, and teaches all the GSR sessions held at the college.

Fritz began her life-long learning by completing an A.S. in Electronic Technology with numerous certifications in computers and biotechnology. She has a B.S. in Economics and Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota and is also obtaining her Masters in Mathematics Education-Curriculum and Instructional Design from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis on putting the arts into STEM–promoting STEAM as an educational model.

Eeris Fritz has a background in the arts as a nationally recognized jewelry and clothing designer. She continues her art as hobby, presently developing an online art gallery called The Unique Beast. Her entry into formal education began later in life as she found a passion for teaching mathematics and electronics. She is a 25 year teaching veteran. Fritz believes that creativity is core to intellectual growth in technology.

A photo of Teresa Milligan

Teresa Milligan
Senior Instructor
Ph: (612) 381-3364

Master of Arts in Literacy Education, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota,  Minneapolis
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Sciences Education, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
Certificate for Teachers of Adult ESL, Hamline University, St. Paul
Learning Center Leadership Certification, Level 2, National College Learning Center Association

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” –William Butler Yeats

Teresa Milligan has been teaching Dunwoody students the literacy skills needed for their technical fields since 2010. Beginning as a developmental English and reading instructor, Teresa now teaches communication, English and writing classes to students ranging from first-semester to fourth-year. Teresa also teaches the reading/writing portion of the Success Center’s Bridge to Success initiative and heads the Success Center Program Advisory Council. In addition, Teresa coordinates the Writing Center, which includes authorship of 30+ tip sheets and handbooks, assistance with assignments and job-related documents, and support for ESL students.

Teresa has also taught for the Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP), and currently teaches for New Student Days and assists with both student and new faculty orientation. She is involved in several committees on campus including the Curriculum Quality Council, the Employee Survey Task Force, and the LMS Selection Team. Teresa has been recognized by Dunwoody with the Outstanding Academic Innovation Award, the Outstanding Team Award, and Instructor of the Year.

Literacy in technical education has been, and continues to be, a driving passion for Teresa. She has been involved in literacy-related initiatives with several departments, and her master’s thesis focused on the literacy skills of students in post-secondary technical education. She is currently conducting a study on collaborative learning in fulfillment of the Crosby Fellowship for Learning Excellence and Innovation, and remains actively involved in writing grant proposals. She continues to seek growth through membership in several professional organizations and professional development opportunities.