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DeFour, Julius; Counselor

DeFour, Julius; Counselor Office: 30-231

Phone: (509) 533-3405

Email: Julius.DeFour@sfcc.spokane.edu

Hello, my name is Julius DeFour (pronounced DeFoo), and I am proudly from Spokane. After graduating from Lewis and Clark High School I attended Western Washington University for two years. I transferred after my sophomore year to Middle Tennessee State University where I earned a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts. As well during my time in University I was in athletics, competing for the track team as a high jumper. I began my experience in education while doing an Americorp Teaching Fellowship in the San Francisco-Bay Area. I earned a Master's Degree in Education through this fellowship and honed my skills as an educator. After 9 years of hopping around, exploring the world, and myself in it I landed back in Spokane where I've been working at Rogers High School for the past three years as an academic mentor, and coach. I'm very excited to be working with the students and staff at Gateway and the larger Spokane Falls Community.

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Kurtz, Stormy; Instructor/Gateway to College Academic Success Coach

Kurtz, Stormy; Instructor/Gateway to College Academic Success Coach Office: 017-0140E

Phone: (509) 533-3171

Email: Stormy.Kurtz@sfcc.spokane.edu

Stormy Kurtz was born in Livingston, Montana. She grew up on a horse and cattle ranch in the Paradise Valley, where she lived for 22 years. Stormy graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in Secondary Education: English major; journalism minor. She moved to Spokane in 1975 where she raised her two sons, Buck and Skyler. In 1995, she returned to school to earn her Master's Degree in Literature from Eastern Washington University. She now lives on the West Plains with her husband, Ron, 21 chickens and 1 horse. She is also the grandmother of six granddaughters and one grandson. In her spare time, she writes young adult fiction novels. Her favorite saying is, "I do what I love, and I love what I do." Working with young adults is her passion. Her advice to teens is, “Take care of yourself, make wise choices and don't ever give up on yourself."

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