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-Pyszka

Photo of JenniferB.A History, Southern Oregon University
Graduate work in Education, History & Women’s Studies, University of Oregon and SOU

Jennifer 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.


 Theo White

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A.S., North Idaho Junior College
B.A. Health/PE/Leadership, SOU
M.A. Special Education
Certified Academic Coach (Coach Training EDU)

After 20 years of competitive wrestling spanning six U.S. Opens Theo quickly moved into coaching as an Assistant Wrestling Coach at Southern Oregon University. Theo has coached all levels and takes a coaching approach to his students. Attending junior college, and NAIA Division 1 schools gives him a diverse perspective on college life and what it takes to be successful.

In the classroom, Theo has worked with a wide range of students with disabilities and truly enjoys doing so.  Theo joined the U-CAM team in 2013 and enjoys seeing his students reach their full potential.

In his off time, Theo enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth sports, and playing the bass guitar.


Jessica Foster

Jessica JF_Photo 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 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, play with her dogs, watch Star Wars, and drink coffee.