September Coaches of the Month

October 17, 2014
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Check out our awesome coaches!


Matt Otero
College Access Coach – Austin
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Fun Fact: Matt has lived in the 2nd, 5th, and 50th largest states in the U.S. (Texas, New Mexico, and Rhode lsland!)

Matt’s Impact: Matt is an excellent educator who values active engagement, holds his students to high standards, and always has a caring attitude. Beyond excelling with his students, he is also a leader in the College Forward office, taking on important projects including leading a workgroup on student scholarships and helping to create a new manual for junior year coaches. The Access program would be a much sadder place without Matt and his contributions!

“My favorite thing about my work with College Forward is the relationships I get to develop with my students and colleagues. I chose to return to CoFo for a second year because of these relationships.”


Elizabeth Barnes
College Completion Coach – Austin
Hometown: Dallas, TX

Fun Fact: Elizabeth wrote both her best college application essay and her undergraduate thesis about Sherlock Holmes — Sherlock Holmes bookended her undergraduate literary career!

Elizabeth’s Impact: In addition to being dedicated to the students she supports, Elizabeth is also focused on improving the College Program as a whole. Her big-picture contributions include suggesting ways to improve tracking student success rates, offer ongoing training and support for student mental health issues, and provide opportunities for new coaches to connect with seasoned returner coaches.

“I love that I’m able to offer students support that they often can’t find anywhere else, and I love how considerate and appreciative my students can be! I’m also really happy to be a part of the undocumented students work group, which has been putting together excellent resources for CoFo coaches and the wider Austin community.”