Meet the Coaches

Academic Coaches

Coaches are available on several campuses district-wide. Click on a tab under your campus to find out about the coaches, their hours of availability, and to book an appointment.

Highland Campus

  • Dr. Traci Allen - Director
    Dr. Traci Allen

    BA in Liberal Arts, MS in Counseling & Guidance, Ed.D in Leadership in Higher Education, all from California Lutheran University

    M-F 8AM-5PM In-person @ RRC M/TH, In-person @ HLC Tues

    My Coaching Philosophy: “Never let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game”- Babe Ruth

    For fun I like to spend time with my family, go camping, go to concerts, and attend any sports related event!

    My favorite Austin restaurant is: Franklin BBQ


  • Nancy Johnson

    MA Ed. Education

    M: 8AM-4PM, T/W/TH 8:30AM-3PM, F 8AM-2:30PM. * In-person @ HLC T/W/TH 8:30AM-3:30PM

    My coaching philosophy:  Supporting students in working toward success.

    For fun I like to: Garden/landscaping, woodwork.

    My favorite Austin restaurant is: (No longer in business) Love good Tex-Mex.


    Book an appointment with Nancy

Round Rock Campus

  • Samantha Ackers
    Samantha Ackers

    Degrees: BA in Philosophy/English & MA in Teaching English Education from Xavier University of Louisiana, and a JD from Southern University Law Center


    M/W/F: 8:30 AM- 5:30 PM
    T/Th: 9:30 AM- 5:30 PM
    Sat: 10 AM - 2 PM
    *In-Person @RRC: Thur/Fri 9:30AM-5:30PM
    *In-person @ RGC Wed 9:30AM-5:30PM

    My Coaching Philosophy is: "You do not have to be great to start, but You have to start to be great." Zig Ziglar
    "Tell me and I'll forget; Show me and I may Remember; Involve me and I will Understand." Chinese Proverb
    "Do not let what You cannot do interfere with what You can do." John R. Wooden

    For Fun, I like to: Roller Skate; Discover new Wines; Hang out with my newly rescued mini Schnauzers BoB & Ziggy.

    My favorite Austin Restaurant: Evangeline Cafe - Austin's Best Cajun-Style Food!!!


    Book an Appointment with Samantha

  • Kellie Alford
    Kellie Alford

    M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Houston


    8 AM-5 PM
    *In-Person @RRC: M-W 8AM-5PM

    My coaching philosophy is: Work with students to define their academic goals; identify their strengths and areas of growth; develop a plan and find the right resources that will assist them on the path to meeting those goals.

    For fun I like to: Watch any sporting event, especially the Longhorns, spend time with my friends and family, try new foods, swim, and read.

    My Favorite place to eat in Austin is: Tyson’s Tacos.


    Book an appointment with Kellie

Rio Grande Campus & South Austin Campus

  • Celeste Casas
    Celeste Casas
    • Education: BA in Bilingual Education from The University of Texas at Austin
    • Availability:
      • M/T/F 8AM-5PM, W/TH 9AM-6PM
    • My Coaching Philosophy: "I’ll provide the tools, you work towards the content but together we will create the product."
    • For fun I like to: Listen to music, hangout, and try new things
    • My favorite Austin restaurant is: I truly don’t have a favorite but for the sake of choosing; Komé
    • Email:
    • Book an Appointment with Celeste

San Gabriel Campus

  • Jordan Easley
    Jordan Easley

    B.A. in English from UTSA


    In-Person @ SGC T/W/TH 8AM-5PM

    My coaching philosophy is: I believe in a personalized approach. Each student is entitled to all the time and attention they need to reach their specific goals and tackle their objectives.

    For fun I like to: I like going to the gym, watching cooking competition shows, and I almost always have music going.

    My Favorite place to eat in Austin is: 54th Street


    Book an appointment with Jordan