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Academic Success Coach
Becky Sutton is originally from Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Her true passion in life is
people! Before coming to Lansing Community College, she worked for 6 years at Eaton
Rapids High School, as an At-Risk Counselor and Girls' Varsity Basketball coach. Both
roles gave her the opportunity to develop relationships and to build trust; a foundation
which allowed her to help guide and support students in many different ways, specifically,
in the areas of academics and social & emotional health.
Her heart has always been in higher education. After graduating from Hope College,
she worked at Grand Valley State University as an adjunct professor and assistant
women's basketball coach. "I quickly learned that it was the students who drove me,
as opposed to the actual content or sport I was working with. Coaching and teaching
were just an avenue to get me to the place I really wanted to be, which was working
with people." In 2004 she returned to Hope College and began working in the Student
Development/Residential Life & Housing Department as a head resident director, as
well serving as the Women's Basketball Recruiting Coordinator. When her two children
were born, they went straight from the hospital to their home, in the dorm and to
over 200 college student “siblings” and had a combined 7 birthdays celebrated as residents
of the hall. She also helped lead the Flying Dutch to the 2006 NCAA Division III National
Championship! Needless to say, the college environment and culture is something she
absolutely loves; all people have a story and getting to know that story and being
able to celebrate the successes and support through the struggles is quite simply,
one of her most cherished and favorite parts of life.
Becky has a son and daughter (and a miniature golden-doodle, Bear) who are the loves
of her life! When she isn't at work, you can find Becky and her children playing board
games, riding bikes, participating in 5k races and jumping on the trampoline - that
is, when they aren't at soccer, basketball or cross-country practices/games/meets.
The one word that describes life, for Becky, is Bittersweet; to her it is the epitome
of balance. “When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter,
say thank you and grow.”
I am humbled to be a part of your home-team, during both your bitter and your sweet
life moments here at LCC and beyond!