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Culum Walsh

Resident Director, Escalante Complex
He/Him/His
Escalante Building, Resident Director Office

Education

M.A., University of Northern Colorado, Teaching Foreign Languages, 1997
B.A., University of Colorado, Spanish, 1990

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Biography

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Colorado when I was five years old. I attended public school, graduating from high school in 1985. My parents and my brothers and sisters-in-law live in Denver. I discovered Colorado’s amazing outdoor sports in my late thirties, and I’m still hooked. I love animals. I love people. I love nature. I love traveling. I’m so happy to live in Gunnison!

How did you discover Western?

I grew up in Colorado. I have been visiting close friends in Gunnison for 15 years. I love cycling and skiing and paddle boarding, so I’m in the right place!

What are some of the highlights of your career?

I was a classroom teacher for 21 years, and I ran my own Academic Life Coaching business for 6 years after that. In 1995, I was recognized as the Young Educator of the Year by the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers. I have organized and chaperoned 11 leadership and language immersion trips for students to Mexico and the Dominican Republic. In 2017, I earned my Certified Academic Life Coach credential through Coach Training EDU. This organization hired me as a coach trainer 1.5 years. In 2019, I earned my Professional Certified Coach credential through the International Coach Federation.

What most excites you about your field?

I think that the Residence Life Department has a golden opportunity to make a gigantic difference in the overall health and well-being of students. This is my first professional experience in higher education, and I love working with the staff and students!

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

It’s gorgeous, and there are so many things to do outside!

External Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Academic Life Coach, Coach Training EDU
  • Professional Certified Coach, International Coach Federation
  • Colorado Teacher License, Colorado Department of Education

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