UCAM coaches are from a variety of educational backgrounds, but all have a focus on student success. Each of our coaches is either currently a certified coach or is nearing completion of their certification.
Jennifer Jones- Program Coordinator/Academic Coach
B.A History, Southern Oregon UniversityGraduate work in Education, History & Women’s Studies, University of Oregon and SOUJennifer Jones has focused on student success throughout her career in education. She has taught classes, developed curriculum and co-created programs for students, grades 9 through undergraduates, all designed to support personal and academic success. A lifetime resident of the Rogue Valley, Jennifer has worked for the Medford School District, Landmark College Summer Program, Southern Oregon University, and other non-profit organizations.
As an Academic Coach, Jennifer’s strengths lie in her enthusiasm, her experience and her ability to connect with students in a nonjudgmental, honest and supportive manner. Jennifer also serves as the Coordinator for the UCAM Program.
In her off time, Jennifer plays in the dirt (aka gardening), listens to music (loud), and chauffeurs her teenage daughters around to various sporting, musical and school events.
Jessica Foster- Academic Coach
Jessica Foster is a graduate of the University of Oregon. Jessica has spent most of her life traveling around the United States and internationally, either for fun or professionally. Jessica enjoys learning about others and their cultures and has been an advocate for student success throughout her education and career. As an undergraduate, her main focus was on working with international students whose first language was not English. Later on, her focus shifted to working with low-income students, first-generation students, and students with documented disabilities.
In her off time, Jessica enjoys to continue her studies in Japanese language and culture, spend time with her two boys, watch Star Wars, and drink coffee.
Jade Severson- Academic Coach
Jade Severson is a graduate of Linfield college where she earned her BA in anthropology and the German and Spanish languages. She taught high school at the Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasium in Pirna, Germany while on a Fulbright Scholarship. More recently she worked for the Medford School District, providing one-on-one support for high school students with disabilities and English language learners. Prior to this, she worked in a behavior modification program for the Phoenix/Talent School District. She brings extensive experience with one-on-one mentoring and tutoring to the UCAM team.
Personally, Jade loves the outdoors and gets outside to hike and trail run whenever she can. When indoors, Jade spends much of her time playing the piano music of Rachmaninoff and Liszt, speaking foreign languages (especially Austrian dialects of German), and exploring Russian literature.
Jane Brockman- Writing Coach
B.A. in Journalism, University of Minnesota
MEd in Education, Southern Oregon University
Helping students achieve personal and academic success is a lifelong passion of Jane’s. As a community college writing and mathematics instructor for over 15 years, Jane enjoys facilitating student learning. She loves the challenge of assisting students with essays or helping them solve complex math problems. One of her strengths lies in communicating information clearly and concisely to students. Working with students with learning disabilities is another strength of hers as well as having the ability to quickly assess the parameters of an assignment and guide students towards completing papers and homework.
Professionally, Jane has worked as an ESL, writing and math instructor at Rogue Community College in Medford, Oregon; as a math and writing tutor for Rogue Community College; and as a writing tutor for the Northwest Tutoring Consortium. Additionally, she works for Language Testing International in New York as an online language proficiency evaluator for Korean professionals seeking employment advancement.
In her free time, Jane enjoys world travel, kayaking, hiking in beautiful natural areas, cooking and Latin and ballroom dancing.
Elliott Steck - Student Mentor
Elliott Steck grew up in the Portland Metro area and is a fourth-year student at Southern Oregon University. He is studying Environmental Science with a minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership. Currently, Elliott is in the process of getting his Pilot’s license in hopes of becoming a commercial pilot. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, hiking, camping, and mountain biking.