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Meet Our Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Student Academic Life Coaches

Meet Coach Deyna Aragon

"I know it can be really overwhelming figuring out who to be and who you are now and how to act in order to get to where you want to go. I have some good news: It’s totally up to you."
-Taylor Swift

Meet Coach Emily Arias

"We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be."
-Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Meet Coach Jodie Bellomy

"Be kinder than necessary because everyone is fighting some sort of battle."
-J.M. Barry

Meet Coach Andrea Benjamin

"You always have time for what you put first."

Meet Coach Deborah Binkley-Jackson

"'I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept."
-Angela Y. Davis

Meet Coach Sophia Bolin-Dills

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."
- Lao Tzu

Meet Coach Taylor Boyd

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."
- Mother Teresa

Meet Coach Wes Bush

"I don't know what's out there beyond those hills. But if you ride yonder, head up, eyes steady, heart open, I think one day you'll find you're the hero you've been lookin' for."
-Wiley Burp

Meet Coach Scott Cady

“Like all people, we perceive the version of reality that our culture communicates. Like others having or living in more than one culture, we get multiple, often opposing messages. The coming together of two self-consistent but habitually incomparable frames of reference causes un choque, a cultural collision.”
-Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera

Meet Coach Cristela Carrizales

"Sometimes you may never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory."
-Dr. Suess

Meet Coach Shelby Cole

"Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart."
- Roy T. Bennett

Meet Coach Lori Dekalb

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope..."
-Robert F. Kennedy

Meet Coach Jennifer Dell

"The plan is to fan this spark into a flame."
-Hamilton, "My Shot"

Meet Coach Amber Demastus

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

-Benjamin Franklin

Meet Coach Megan Denney

"Meaning is about making a difference, not having an audience. It's better to be valued by a few than to be known by many. Your contribution is not the scope of your reach. It's the depth of your impact. Your legacy is not how many footprints you leave. It's how long they last." -- Adam Grant

Meet Coach Natalie Dickson

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game. ‘”
–Toni Morrison

Meet Coach Dalynda Evans

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
-Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad / Roughing It

Meet Coach Sarah Flanagan   

"Do or do not. There is no try."

Meet Coach Calon-Nicole Gunter-Cox

“True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”
- Brené Brown

Meet Coach Barton Hanna

“If the future's looking dark, We're the ones who have to shine.
If there's no one in control, We're the ones who draw the line.
Though we live in trying times, We're the ones who have to try.
And we know that time has wings, So we're the ones who have to fly.”
-Neil Peart

Meet Coach Mike Hinderman

“No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.”
-Harry Emerson Fosdick

Meet Coach Garrett Hollingsworth

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelou

Meet Coach Yura Jung

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
- Søren Kierkegaard

Meet Coach David Kyncl

"Life is more than just reaching our goals. As individuals and as a group we need to reach our potential. Nothing else is good enough. We must always be reaching toward our potential."
- Max DePree,
Leadership is an Art

Meet Coach Rhonda Kyncl

"Love wins."

Meet Coach Danielle Lindley

"You can be messy, complicated and afraid: show up anyway. "
- Gelnnon Doyle

Meet Coach Kylie Madole

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
- C.S. Lewis

Meet Coach Deveda Mason

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." -Maya Angelou

Meet Coach Johnnie-Margaret McConnell

"An unexamined life is not worth living."

Meet Coach Annette Moran

"The distance between your dreams and reality is called action."

Meet Coach Michele Nabonne

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
-Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Meet Coach Cassandra Negron

"Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are. Choosing authenticity means cultivating the courage to be imperfect."
-Brené Brown

Meet Coach Sarah Olinghouse-Rockwell

"Weaknesses are overflow of strengths."
-Jessica Sowards

Meet Coach Ryan Peters

"Know the Why"

Meet Coach Kathleen Shea Smith

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong, the amount of work is the same."
-Carlos Castaneda

Meet Coach Shana Stanton

“Live the Life of Your Dreams. When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve.”
-Roy T. Bennett,

Meet Coach Lee Anne Stone

"When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, stay thank you and grow."
-Shauna Niequist


Meet Coach Sierra Valdivia-Clemen

"Shoot Your Shot."
- Unknown

Meet Coach Jonathan Vann

"Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."
-Conan O'Brien

Meet Coach Jessie Youngblood 

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson