Academic Success Coordinator
Department: Academic Support Services
Phone Extension: 8147
(518) 736-FMCC (3622)
Building: L 203A
Ellie Fosmire, Academic Success Coordinator and adjunct instructor in Early Childhood and Psychology, came to FM first as a student and then in a professional capacity in 1995 as a member of the human services advisory board and finally as an instructor in 1999. Before coming to FM Ellie served as the Program Coordinator for the local child care resource and referral agency. The focus on helping people to be their best has been the driving force for her work. Whether working with students, parents, or professionals, the emphasis is always on bringing people to a better level of functioning.
Ellie works closely with students to help them achieve their academic success goals and assists them with any learning needs they may have. A self-confessed techno-geek, Ellie strives to automate services so that students can easily access resources via the web. Making the world a friendlier place to learn is an important aspect of what she does on a daily basis. Students who often arrive in an overwhelmed state leave with solutions in-hand and a better plan for tomorrow. Helping people to overcome barriers is tremendously rewarding and helps to make life easier for everyone.
Ellie has served in numerous leadership roles in many capacities over the years, currently the membership coordinator the New York College Learning Skills Association (NYCSLA) providing connections to information and resources across the state. Through this organization, Ellie was selected to serve on the Chancellor’s committee on remediation. As former president of the Fulton County United Way as well as the allocations committee chair, Ellie has a keen interest in helping our local areas to improve services for people in need. Ellie has held several positions on campus including, chair of institutional assessment, grievance chair with our college faculty union, United Way campaign coordinator, advisor for campus clubs and served on several committees at FM. Ellie also helped to develop a state wide organization to focus on the training needs of college tutors, Training Association of College Tutors (TACT), based on the New England Peer Tutor Association. This organization functions through the support of several SUNY institutions and includes a growing number of private institutions who assist tutors in achieving College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification.
Ellie and her husband Clayton have been a part of the area all their lives with numerous family ties and friendships throughout the area. Their grown family includes two daughters and son in laws, one in Boston and the other in Florida and one son and daughter in law who live locally. Three adorable grandsons help to make life fun and busy. The family enjoys the local lake attractions and being a part of the local community activities. You may find Ellie participating in theatre performances as a director or actor, especially to help a good cause. Better yet, you’ll find her enjoying a fire by the lake with a good glass of wine in hand.
Ellie earned both a B.A. and M.S Ed. from Russell Sage and Sage Graduate School in Troy.