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-W-F:  8 a.m.- 5 p.m. @ Highland Campus
    T-Th: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. @ Round Rock Campus

    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


  • Valeria Flint
    Valerie Flint

    M.S. in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas

    M: 1PM-7PM
    T: 8AM-12PM
    W: 1PM-7PM*
    Sat: 10AM-5PM
    *In person on: W

    My coaching philosophy: "Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right." - Henry Ford

    For fun I like to: Watch foreign movies, reading, talking to friends, and traveling.

    My favorite Austin restaurant is: TBD

    Bilingual in Spanish

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  • Nancy Johnson

    MA Ed. Education

    M & W: 9AM-1PM
    T, Th, & F: 10AM-1:30PM
    *In person: Th

    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.


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  • Joseph Lockwood
    Joseph Lockwood

    B.A. in Communication at Southwestern University

    M - W & F: 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
    Sun: 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.
    In-person: M & T: 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. F: 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

    My coaching philosophy: Work smarter not harder.

    For fun I like to: read comics.

    My favorite Austin restaurant is: Justine's.


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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 - F: 9:30 a.m.- 6:50 p.m.
    In -person W & Th

    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!!!


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  • Kellie Alford
    Kellie Alford

    M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Houston

    M - F: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    In person: M & T

    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.


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Riverside Campus

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    Information will be added as soon as it becomes available.

San Gabriel Campus

  • Jordan Easley
    Jordan Easley

    B.A. in English from UTSA

    M - F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    In-person @ HLC: W
    In-person @ SGC: W & F

    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


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