Meet the Student Success Team


A photo of Ross Brower. Ross Brower
 Principal Instructor
 Ph: (612) 381-8247
 rbrower@dunwoody.edu

 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
 efritz@dunwoody.edu

 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.

 

IMG_0311-small Teresa Milligan
 Senior Instructor
 Ph: (612) 381-3364
 tmilligan@dunwoody.edu

 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 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 New Student Days, and is involved in several committees on campus including the Curriculum Quality Council, Orientation Committee and the Health Movement Committee. Teresa has been recognized by Dunwoody with the Outstanding Academic Innovation Award and the Outstanding Team Award.

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, particularly the Automotive department. Her master’s thesis focused on the literacy skills of students in post-secondary technical education. In 2014, she and her colleague presented this work at the ATEA National Conference. She continues to seek growth in this area through membership in several professional organizations and professional development opportunities.