Meet the Academic Coaching Team

Feel free to use the link in each coach's bio to schedule an appointment directly with that coach. Please note that while our coaches specialize in certain areas, you are more than welcome to meet with whomever you would like. And if it doesn't matter which coach you meet with, start by filling out our Academic Coaching Appointment Interest Form (AC Interest Form) and we'll be in touch to get you scheduled!

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Juanita (she/her) is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at PSU. She graduated from PSU in 2019 with a Bachelor's in Child, Youth and Family Studies. Juanita has previous experience in mentoring. She is excited to be joining the Learning Center team as an academic coach. In her spare time, Juanita enjoys drawing and painting, going to the movie theater, and spending time with family and friends.

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Katy (she/her) is a graduate student in the Master of Educational Leadership and Policy (PACE) program at PSU. She graduated from Willamette University with a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. She has previous experience in research, career coaching, and mentoring. Katy understands that learning styles differ for everyone and is passionate about accessibility through her past work as an employment specialist with the Oregon Commission for the Blind as well as being a student with low vision. In her free time Katy likes to go on hikes, play video games, cook with her spouse, read fantasy novels, spend time with friends and her doggo, Mona.

Katy is our designated STEM coach. 

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Jessie (she/her) graduated in 2020 from PSU with her Master's in Social Work and a license as a school social worker. She has been an academic coach at the Learning Center since the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year, and became the full-time professional academic coach in the Fall of 2020. When she's not creating SMART goals and color-coded calendars with students, she enjoys teaching cycle classes, long distance running, or cuddling up with a good book and her cat, Kit.

Jessie is our designated Graduate Studies coach.

Here's what some of our students have to say about their coaches:

“Eleni has been an excellent academic coach, I have been helped with so many really helpful pointers and study techniques on how to be a better student with ADHD and brain fog. This has made getting through these last two terms so much better.”

“Juanita was so positive and helpful. I appreciated her patience and insight regarding my study issues.”

“Jessie is so non-judgmental and personable. I don't feel judged if I fall off track with plans, and when things don't work for me, we reassess and work with what is best for my learning style and life.”