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Meet The FYE Staff

Tyler Garney, Coordinator of New Student Transition Programs
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Tyler Garney, M.A., is the Coordinator of New Student Transition Programs at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Tyler directs the Office of First- Year Experience in the Student Success department on campus. Tyler, a two time graduate of TAMU-T, has worked as a First- Year Experience Coach during his time as an undergraduate student and worked in the Academic Advising department after he graduated in 2016. After graduating with his M.A., Tyler made the transition to First- Year Experience to continue working with students as they transition to higher education. His professional interests include student transitions, academic support programs in higher education, and student success programs for undeserved student populations.

Tyler provides leadership to the First Year Experience program, coordinates the First Year Experience PEEP Program, and leads the First Year Experience Coaching team. Tyler is responsible for planning, implementing, and assessing FYE programming designed to enhance first-year students’ success.

 

First Year Experience Coaches

 

Alvaro "Jesus" Valdez
Fall 2021 IS 1100 professor: 
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my second year as an FYE Coach.
Why I wanted to be an FYE Coach:  I wanted to be an FYE coach to be able to influence and make students' first year run as smoothly as possible while avoiding the stress.
Fun fact: I love trucks- old and new. 

Amari Robinson
Fall 2021 IS 1100 professor:
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my first year as an FYE Coach.
Why I wanted to be an FYE Coach: I like being able to help others establish and reach their goals. 
Fun fact: I wrestled in High School. 

Anayeli "Ana" Macedo
Fall 2021 IS 1100 professor:
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my first year as an FYE Coach.
Why I wanted to be an FYE Coach: I want to inspire others and share what I have learned about college so far. I want to help students as they transition to university life and have a positive impact on our campus.  
Fun fact: I have my associates in theatre arts and have stage managed 5+ plays.

Brooklyn Bailey
Fall 2021 IS 1100 Professor: 
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my second year as an FYE Coach.
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach:  I want the be the person I needed when I came to college for someone else.
Fun fact: I would spend all of my time traveling if I could. 

Catherine Coreas 
Fall 2021 IS 1100 Professor: 
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my second year as an FYE Coach.
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach:  I wanted to be a FYE Coach because as a freshman I eagerly wanted to connect with people, learn as much as I could, and about myself. I want to help build anyone up to be the best they can be and make the best of this experience! As a Coach, I hope to be that person for someone. 
Fun fact:  I cut my hair - pixie cut after watching Brad Mondo America’s Next Top Model reaction videos on YouTube and I decided to do what he says best "live your extra best life."

Cecilia Bahena
Fall 2021 IS 1100 Professor: 
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my first year as an FYE Coach.
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach:  I am genuinely interested in assisting students by providing feedback and guiding them to the best of my ability. I want to be someone they can count on and trust during their first year of college, whether it's personally or academically. 
Fun fact: I lived in NY for 5 years, my favorite thing to do is craft, and one thing I can’t live without is my cat, Boo. 

Jessica Shelton
Fall 2021 IS 1100 Professor: 
Years as Coach: This is my second year as an FYE Coach. 
Why I wanted to be an FYE Coach:  Guiding and mentoring other students is the greatest experience in the world! Here, I can be that “big sister” that cares for my students because I want the best for them. 
Fun Fact:  I love art with all my heart!


  Jovanna Dominguez
Fall 2021 IS 1100 Professor: 

Years as FYE Coach: This is my second year as an FYE Coach. 
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach: As a first generation college student, it was challenge being in a place where no one in my family has been, and the FYE program helped me navigate through both the academic and social lifestyle of college. Because of this, I wanted to become an FYE coach to help guide those who are now in the same path I once used to be. 
Fun fact: I'm a twin. 

 

Keelan Moore
Fall 2021 IS 1100 Instructor: 
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my first year as an FYE Coach. 
Why I wanted to be an FYE Coach:  I want to help students who struggle and have fun here at TAMU-T. 
Fun Fact:  I'm most likely the same age as my FYE students. 

Neysa Dominguez
Fall 2021 IS 1100 Professor: 
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my first year as an FYE Coach. 
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach:  I would like to be able to help incoming students find their place in the university as well as being able to see them grow and adjust to their new environment.
Fun fact:  I have a twin sister and went to an all girls middle/high school.

Shedriana "Ana" Degrate
Fall 2021 IS 1100 Professor: 
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my second year as an FYE Coach.
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach:  I wanted the opportunity to encourage my students to branch out and take advantage of opportunities that’ll make their year great and would help them grow as a person.
Fun fact:  I’ve written and published multiple books, stories, and poetry on a free publishing website!

Ta'Mar Coby
Fall 2021 IS 1100 Professor: 
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my fourth year as an FYE Coach. 
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach:  It’s good to have a resource on campus that you know and trust to help navigate the first year of college. Other than your orientation leader, your FYE coach is the person that can help foster an environment of trust and familiarity. I just want to be the person that helps make the college transition easy and fun.
Fun fact:  I love music. I always have some kind of headphone on me and sunglasses at all times, rain or shine.

Taylor Atkins
Fall 2021 IS 1100 Professor: 
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my first year as an FYE Coach.
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach: 
I want to give students the same first year experience I was given and ultimately, help guide them through a difficult time for all young adults.
Fun fact: 
I’m a sucker for period dramas, especially those based on Jane Austen novels.

Thai Phan 
Fall 2021 IS 1100 Professor: 
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my first year as an FYE Coach.
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach: 
I would love to connect with new students on campus to provide support, guidance, and resources, as well as making our college experience memorable. I also want to be a part of a team whose purpose is to build a safe, fun, and engaging campus for every single student.
Fun fact: 
I’m a second child, but my parents love me best.

 

 

 

 

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