Meet the Coaches

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

Highland Campus

Traci Allen - Director

Traci Allen

Education: BA in Liberal Arts, MS in Counseling & Guidance, Ed.D in Leadership in Higher Education, all from California Lutheran University
Availability:
M/T/TH: 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
W/F: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
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
Email: traci.allen@austincc.edu

Nancy Johnson

Nancy Johnson

Education: MA Ed. Education
Availability:
* In-Person Hours @ Highland Campus T: 8AM-12PM, W: 12:30PM-2:30PM, TH: 8AM-12:00PM

*Virtual Hours: M: 8AM-2:45PM, T: 12:30PM-2:30PM, W: 8AM-12PM, TH: 12:30PM-2:30PM, F 8AM-2:45PM

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.
Email: nancy.johnson@austincc.edu
Schedule: Book an appointment with Nancy

Anna Love

Anna Love

Education: B.A. in Government, Minor in Secondary Education – UT Austin, Teacher Certification from UTeach Liberal Arts Program – UT Austin, M.S.S.W. with a concentration in Administration and Policy Practice –  UT Austin

Availability:
* In-Person Hours @ Highland Campus: M: 1:30 PM-6 PM, W: 8 AM-12:00 PM, TH: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM, F: 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM

* Virtual Hours: M: 9AM-12:30PM, T: 9AM-6PM, W: 1PM-5PM, TH: 8AM-12PM, F: 1PM-5PM

My coaching philosophy:  Is to meet students where they are and help students to recognize their strengths and capabilities. Academic coaching is a way to collaborate with students and support them to reach their goals!

For fun I like to: To travel, go hiking/camping, and knitting!

My favorite Austin restaurant is: Curra’s Grill – Mexican Restaurant

Email: anna.love@austincc.edu

Schedule: Book an appointment with Anna

Ramon Diaz

Ramon Diaz

Education: BA in International Relations from St. Edwards University, MS in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin
Availability:
* In-Person Hours @ Highland: M: 8AM-12PM, T: 1PM-4:30PM

* Virtual Hours: M: 12:30PM-4PM, T: 9:30AM-12:30PM, W: 9PM-5PM, TH: 9AM-4PM,

F: 9AM-5PM, Sat: 7AM-11AM, Sun 5PM-9PM

My Coaching Philosophy: “I’m the navigator, you’re the pilot!
For fun I like to:  Spend time with my daughters Madison and Emerson
My favorite Austin restaurant is:  Italia Cucina
Email: ramon.diaz@austincc.edu
Schedule: Book an Appointment with Ramon

Zoe Cabrera

Zoe Cabrera

Education: B.A. in Psychology from St. Edward’s University

Availability:
* In-Person Hours @ Highland Campus: M: 5PM-7:30PM, W: 3:30PM-7PM, TH: 5:30PM-7:30PM, F: 1:30PM-5PM

* Virtual Hours: M: 5PM-7:30PM, W/TH: 3:30PM-7:30PM, F: 9AM-5PM

My coaching philosophy:  Everyone is capable of success! As an Academic Coach, I will do my best to encourage and empower you to achieve your goals. I hope to do this by taking a personalized approach to working with you and your strengths and by sharing any information that could be of service to you. We will work together in all that we do.

For fun I like to:  Sing and dance, go to concerts, travel, and spend time with friends, family and my dog, Louie. 
My favorite Austin restaurant is:  Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen

Email: zoe.cabrera@austincc.edu
Schedule: Book an Appointment with Zoe

Rio grande Campus

QueenSamantha Ackers

QueenSamantha Ackers

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

* In-Person Hours @ Rio Grande Campus: W: 9:30AM-5:30PM

* Virtual Hours: M/T: 8:30AM-5:30PM, W/TH/F: 9:30AM-5:30PM, Sat: 10AM-2PM

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!!!
Email: samantha.ackers@austincc.edu
Schedule: Book an Appointment with QueenSamantha

Celeste Casas

Celeste Casas
Celeste Casas

Education: BA in Bilingual Education from The University of Texas at Austin
Availability:
* In-Person Hours @ Rio Grande Campus: M/T: 8AM-5PM

* Virtual Hours: 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: celeste.casas@austincc.edu
Schedule: Book an Appointment with Celeste

Riverside Campus

Ramon Diaz

Ramon Diaz

Education: BA in International Relations from St. Edwards University, MS in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin
Availability:
*In-Person Hours @ Riverside Campus TH 9 a.m- 4 p.m., F 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

*Virtual Hours: M: 8AM-4PM, T: 9:30AM-4:30PM, W: 9AM-5PM, TH: 9AM-4PM, F: 9AM-5PM, Sat: 7AM-11AM, Sun: 5PM-9PM

My Coaching Philosophy: “I’m the navigator, you’re the pilot!
For fun I like to:  Spend time with my daughters Madison and Emerson
My favorite Austin restaurant is:  Italia Cucina
Email: ramon.diaz@austincc.edu
Schedule: Book an Appointment with Ramon

Round Rock Campus

QueenSamantha Ackers

Samanth Ackers
QueenSamantha Ackers

Education: BA in Philosophy/English & MA in Teaching English Education from Xavier University of Louisiana, and a JD from Southern University Law Center
Availability:
* In-Person Hours @ Round Rock Campus: TH/F: 9:30AM-5:30PM

* Virtual Hours: M/T: 8:30AM-5:30PM, W/TH/F: 9:30AM-5:30PM, Sat: 10AM-2PM

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!!!
Email: samantha.ackers@austincc.edu
Schedule: Book an Appointment with QueenSamantha

Kellie Alford

Kellie Alford
Kellie Alford

Education: M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Houston
Availability:
* In-Person Hours @ Round Rock Campus: M/T/W: 8AM-5PM

* Virtual Hours: M-F 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.
Email: kellie.alford@austincc.edu
Schedule: Book an Appointment

San Gabriel Campus

Jordan Easley

Jordan Easley

Education: B.A. in English from UTSA
Availability:
* In-Person Hours @ San Gabriel Campus: T/W/TH: 8AM-5PM

* Virtual Hours: M-F 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
Email: jordan.easley@austincc.edu
Schedule: Book an appointment with Jordan

south austin campus

Celeste Casas

Celeste Casas

Education: BA in Bilingual Education from The University of Texas at Austin
Availability:
* In-Person Hours @ South Austin Campus: F: 8AM-5PM

* Virtual Hours: 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: celeste.casas@austincc.edu
Schedule: Book an Appointment with Celeste

Ramon Diaz

Ramon Diaz

Education: BA in International Relations from St. Edwards University, MS in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin
Availability:
*In-Person Hours @ South Austin Campus W: 9AM-5PM

*Virtual Hours: M: 8AM-4PM, T: 9:30AM-4:30PM, W: 9AM-5PM, TH: 9AM-4PM, F: 9AM-5PM, Sat: 7AM-11AM, Sun: 5PM-9PM

My Coaching Philosophy: “I’m the navigator, you’re the pilot!
For fun I like to:  Spend time with my daughters Madison and Emerson
My favorite Austin restaurant is:  Italia Cucina
Email: ramon.diaz@austincc.edu
Schedule: Book an Appointment with Ramon

Back to Top
  • Contact Us

  • 512-223-7349
    academiccoaches@austincc.edu
    Faculty & Staff: Refer a Student

  • Online Academic Coaching

  • For an appointment with a specific coach, click here. To schedule with an available coach click the button below. Same day appointments available.

  • Embedded Learning Support Services

  • Learn about embedded learning support coaching available for specific classes.

  • Workshop Series

  • Looking to learn and develop new skills?

  • Back to Top