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Meet the Advisors

Erika AlmaguerErika Almaguer

Academic Advisor II – Teacher Education program - Sugar Land

Email Ms. Almaguer  |  713-743-6718

With over six years of experience advising teacher education students, Erika brings experience as an elementary school teacher to her work. She also graduated from the UH teacher education program.  She now focuses on advising students within the UH Sugarland cohort and prospective students in all COE majors. While she is no longer teaching, Erika’s passion remains in making a difference and helping students achieve their dreams.

Chrisdolyn DawsonChrisdolyn Dawson

Academic Advisor II – Teacher Education program

Email Ms. Dawson  |  713-743-9257

Chrisdolyn has served at UH for over five years, employing a Master’s Degree in Counseling every day to make sure Teacher Education students are well served. She enjoys movies and spending quality time with her family. She looks forward to using her diverse experiences at UH to help you.


Laura LeeLaura Lee

Student Success Coach, Undergraduate Programs

Email Ms. Lee  |  713-743-5043

Laura has worked with the university for fourteen years, five of those with the College of Education.  Her previous university experience has allowed her to build a rapport with departments and colleges throughout the university, establishing contacts which are very beneficial to her work with students in the college.  If you need help and are not sure who to contact, please email Laura or stop by…she will help connect you to the right person or department best suited for your concern.

As the Student Success Coach, Laura has developed strategies to help students succeed and be able to achieve their academic and long term career goals.  She has a commitment to her students and has a plethora of resources at hand to help students reach those goals. Laura is not in the appointment system, however, she welcomes students to stop by anytime!  If you would like dedicated appointment time with her, please email and she will be happy to make arrangements for you.


Greta RalstonGreta Ralston

Academic Advisor I – Teacher Education program

Email Ms. Ralston  |  713-743-9655

Greta Ralston is a native Houstonian who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Belmont University.  She has over three years of experience in education and has taught overseas in Dubai.  She is excited to be back in her hometown, helping future teachers at the University of Houston achieve their goals.

Shana' ReedShana' Reed

Academic Advisor I – Health program

Email Ms. Reed  |  713-743-0554

Shana’ brings a wealth of experience in Residential Life and Student Activities and is passionate about student learning and development in and out of the classroom. She works to ensure Health students engage meaningfully with peers, staff and faculty and the university culture itself.  Her favorite university experience, no matter the institution, is Homecoming. From student organizations volunteering  to tailgating with alumni, she considers Homecoming a great way to better understand the University culture. Because she comes from a military family, she has lived and studied all over the country and arrived in Houston only recently.  Shana’ holds a BS in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration. Her interests include arts and crafts, Broadway Musicals, and lots of television and fiction.

Tracy RiderTracy Rider

Academic Advisor I – Health program

Email Ms. Rider  |  713-743-9518

A native of Connecticut, Tracy comes to UH from an eighteen year career as a middle and high school teacher, having taught in Texas, Massachusetts, and California.  Her previous experience in higher education was as the Director of Admissions and Student Affairs for the School of Music at Boston University, and she holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UH-Clear Lake and a Master of Music in Voice from The University of Texas at Austin.  Tracy enjoys singing, knitting, and gardening, shares her home with Zoe, her spoiled Shih Tzu, and looks forward to encouraging and empowering our students to remain engaged and dedicated to their future goals and desires.

Anitra WrightAnitra Wright

Academic Advisor II – Teacher Education program

Email Ms. Wright  |  713-743-4993

Anitra has served the UH College of Education for over fifteen years, where she advises Teacher Education students. She collects butterfly figurines and enjoys spending time with her children. She recently participated in a national conference on Appreciative Advising, a professional development opportunity that taught her skills that improve student outcomes.

Kimberly ZainfeldKimberly Zainfeld

Academic Advisor II – Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) and Asian American Studies programs

Email Ms. Zainfeld  |  713-743-4999

Kimberly has over thirty years of experience at UH, including eight years of advising.  She has a passion for helping students transition into college and enjoys watching them learn and mature.  She especially likes helping students who are struggling with the transition.  Born and raised in Texas and an alum of the UH College of Education, Kimberly has been married for 35 years, has three children, and one grandchild.