Meet the Coaching Staff!

Josh Childress

Student Success Coach II

  • I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and my law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2009.
  • I practiced law for several years and taught law at St. Mary’s University
  • I bring over a decade of experience in higher education to this position (as a student, professor, and success coach).
  • I am forward-focused, non-judgmental, and a self-proclaimed problem solver.
  • When I’m not helping students overcome their academic obstacles, I enjoy playing with my kids, talking with my wife, and DIY-ing our house into oblivion.

Jorge Rodriguez

Student Success Coach II

  • I’m from New York City
  • I received my Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Monroe College in 1995. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from The City University of New York, Lehman College Campus, in 1998.   I completed my Master's Degree In Creative Writing in 2002 from the City University of New York, City College Campus.  In my final year as a Graduate student, I was awarded a New York Times Fellowship Award in Creative Writing.
  • I was a full-time English Professor at Monroe College from 2003 to 2013. I worked as an English Professor with both South University and ECPI University here in San Antonio.
  • I have over 15 years of experience in higher Ed both as a Professor, as well as a mentor to students from many diverse backgrounds. This includes First Gen and international students, Military students, and adult learners returning to school after many years away.
  • I am a creative problem solver and think fast on my feet.  I also work well under pressure and love challenging myself to learn new things as often as I can.
  • In my Free time I enjoy going to the movies with my wife and daughter, playing with our dogs Chloe and Coco, and collecting rare comic books and toys. I am also a video game enthusiast. You can find me doing my 15th or 20th playthrough of Mass Effect Legendary Edition, or Cyberpunk 2077 in my downtime!

Alexandra Ani

Academic Peer Coach

 Junior, Business for Supply Chain Management

  • Houston Texas born and raised
  • Gym enthusiast and avid workout lover
  • Trail walks are my favorite pastime
  • Embrace diversity and enjoy meeting new people
  • Thrilled about becoming a peer mentor and excited to guide students to their best potential
  • Passionate about helping others reach their goals

Ananya Thomas

Academic Peer Coach

Sophomore, Computer Science

  • Hometown: Round Rock, TX
  • I like reading
  • Listening to music
  • Watching Netflix
  • Hanging out with my friends and pets
  • I'm really excited to be an Academic Peer Coach and to work with students.
  • Favorites! Animal: Cats and cockatiels • Color: Red • Hobby: Anime

Destiny Campbell

Academic Peer Coach

Senior, Business Analytics

  • I was born in Florida but was raised in Texas most of my life.
  • I’ve been a part of the Business Honors Program (BHP) since Spring 2021 and the BHP Advisory Board since Fall 2022.
  • I enjoy helping students, whether it’s personally or academically, as well as being a resource for them. In addition, I have experience being a Peer Educator with Wellbeing Services and a First-Year Experience (FYE) Peer Mentor.
  • My goal with being an Academic Peer Coach is to assist all types of students to become successful in their college journey.
  • I love spending my free time going to the gym and binge-watching TV shows.
  • Favorite movies: Forrest Gump, Planet of the Apes Trilogy, and 127 Hours
  • Favorite shows: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Black Mirror, and The Amazing World of Gumball
  • I’m obsessed with bears (specifically grizzly bears and black bears).

Jordyn Wheeler

Academic Peer Coach

Junior, Multidisciplinary Studies in Nursing

  • Hometown: Missouri city, Texas
  • I am majoring in multidisciplinary studies in nursing
  • I am a first-gen student 
  • I am a part of the Black Student Health Professional Organization
  • I loves trying out new hangout spots
  • I do makeup 
  • My favorite color is pink
  • I have a dog named Pony-boy (yes, he is named after the outsiders)
  • I love bad reality tv
  • I love to cook for my friends 
  • My goal for being an Academic peer coach is to make sure all the students feel comfortable with asking me to help with anything that they need, or problems that they are having. 

Kim Garcia

Academic Peer Coach

Senior, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

  • Hometown: Floresville, Tx
  • First-Gen student with plans to attend graduate school
  • Undergraduate research assistant in a mycology lab
  • I enjoy research and have a passion for biomedical sciences
  • I love dogs and have lots of them
  • My favorite hobbies are reading and playing Magic the Gathering!

Qurathul Ahmed

Academic Peer Coach

Junior, Public Health
  • Hometown: San Antonio
  • I am part of the Honors College
  • I am part of the First-Gen Scholars Program
  • Serving as an UTSA Ambassador
  • I love helping others and guiding people to their success.
  • I love reading books.
  • I love spending time with my family and friends.
  • I love meeting new people and learning about their experiences.
  • I have 3 pet rabbits.
  • Favorite color: black
  • I look forward to attending graduate school to pursue a MPH.
  • My goal as an Academic Peer Coach is to help fellow students through their semester at UTSA and to grow my intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.

Raquel Martinez

Academic Peer Coach

Sophomore, Global Affairs  

  • Was born in Louisiana, but raised in Houston 
  • First generation college student and part of AFROTC program at UTSA  
  • Hobbies include reading, working out, traveling and hanging out with friends 
  • I love music and going to concerts 
  • My favorite movies and TV shows are Pride and Prejudice, Bridgerton, The Office, and any comedies. 
  • I am super excited about being an academic peer mentor and helping students achieve academic goals!