Meet our Staff


Jeffrey Coats

Interim Director

(828) 262-7171

 Dr. Jeffrey H Coats is the Interim Director of the James Center for Student Success and Academic Advising. Dr.... [read more]

Associate Director for Retention Initiatives

Assistant Director for Student Engagement

(828) 262-3168

Having previously worked as a high school educator and in college orientation, Megan loves combining these experiences... [read more]

Undergraduate Teacher Education Advisor

(828) 262-8914

Dr. Alicia Muhammad is a passionate and committed education professional with over 15 years of service as an... [read more]

Mel Falck

Undergraduate Teacher Education Advisor

(828) 262-2696

Mel S. Falck earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology and Art from West Liberty University in 2002.  Upon... [read more]

University Program Associate

(828) 262-6095

Melissa Isaacs serves the RCOE and the James Center as an administrative specialist. She manages budgets and logistics... [read more]

Octavia Little

Associate Director of Admissions for Teacher Education Recruitment

(828) 262-8915

Octavia Little formerly taught second and third grades in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System. She... [read more]

Scholarship Coordinator and Accelerated Admissions Recruiter

Student Employees

Graduate Assistant

Kelly is from Millers Creek, NC. She graduated May 2018 with a B.S. in English, Secondary Education, and is currently... [read more]

Office Assistant

Brandon is a English, Secondary Education major with a minor in Medieval Studies. He is a James Scholar and a founder... [read more]

Recruitment Assistant

Tiffanie is a senior English major with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Child Development. She... [read more]

Graduate Assistant

Jessica Krpejs is from Trinity, North Carolina. She spent the last four years in the High Country earning her B.S. in... [read more]