Meet our Student Success Coaches

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Student Success Coaches are available by appointment only.*
Schedule an appointment with a Student Success Coach

*Each student is assigned a Student Success Coach after orientation. To find out who your Student Success Coach is, please email COTCsuccess@mail.cotc.edu or go to the “Student Assistance” section of COTCconnect on myCOTC.

Newark

Stephen Pierce
pierce.661@mail.cotc.edu
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Stephen [he/him/his] specializes in working with students struggling with digital literacy as well as underserved students. His approach to coaching is to create a safe space where you can discuss your strengths and weaknesses to work out how you can become a better student. Stephen graduated from Ohio University in 2014 with degrees in history and psychology and from Columbus State in 2021 with a degree in cybersecurity.

Yvonne Townsend
townsend.652@mail.cotc.edu
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Yvonne [she/her/hers] specializes in studying social and educational inequalities, student persistence in higher education, and ways to improve educational attainment. As an academic coach, she takes a student-centered approach to help identify their goals and help develop plans to help reach their goals. Yvonne has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from The Ohio State University, a MA in Sociology from the University of Kentucky and a MEd in higher education administration from Tiffin University. 

Coshocton

Jackie Farmer
farmer.240@mail.cotc.edu
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After working at the Ohio Department of Education for 12.5 years, Jackie was a teacher in both adult education and business education at the Coshocton County Career Center as well a part-time faculty member at COTC. She also served as a tutor for computer, reading and writing skills. Jackie has bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University and an MAE from Muskingum College.

Knox

Rachael Bailey
bailey.444@mail.cotc.edu
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Rachel Bailey has worked in higher education for 25 years, including six years at COTC, in admissions, advising, testing and success coaching. As a Success Coach, she sees her role as an encourager, a motivator and a guide through the college experience.  She believes that every student learns in unique ways and that effective studying is a learned skill. Rachel has a BS in Elementary Education from University of Rio Grande and an MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.

Pataskala

Janetta Davis
davis.6883@mail.cotc.edu
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Janetta [she/her/hers] has taught and advised at the secondary and post-secondary levels for over two decades and enjoys helping students find their authentic voice. As a coach, Janetta believes that a student’s background is intrinsically tied to their academic success. She collaborates with the student offering support and practical tools. Janetta received an MFA from Ohio University and earned a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.