Student Success Coaching
The Student Success Coaching program was implemented to assist freshmen in transitioning to college life during their freshman year at Ole Miss. From day one, students are linked to a Student Success Coach, who can assist them with anything college related such as academic success, surviving roommate drama. getting connected to resources on campus such as student organizations, the Career Center, etc., as well as managing test anxiety and time management. Meetings last approximately 30-60 minutes once a week, and are completely confidential. For more information, please contact any of our coaches:
Meet Our Coaches
Toya Heard, Student Success Coach
About Toya: Toya is a native Californian with roots in Mississippi. After the completion of her undergraduate studies, she returned to California, and then lived in both Texas and Georgia. The return to Ole Miss led to experience serving as a tutor and Academic Strategist with Ole Miss Athletics. She is a 2018 graduate with an M.A. in Higher Education / Student Personnel; in addition, she is currently pursuing an M.Ed in Counselor Education with an emphasis on Clinical Mental Health. She currently serves as an Academic Success Coach under CSSFYE’s Academic Support Programs. Toya is immensely passionate about assisting students, and has a strong desire to help them holistically achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals by a focusing on their strengths and positive attributes. Toya and her husband Ronnie, also an alumnus of the University of Mississippi, were married in 2001 and have three children, Kaitlyn Paige, Parker Madison, and Reid Emerson Heard.
Kellen Weber, Student Success Coach
About Kellen: Kellen is from Madison, MS, and a 2017 graduate of Ole Miss with a degree in Psychology. He is currently in the graduate program for Counselor Education and serves as an Academic Success Coach under CSSFYE’s Academic Support Programs. Kellen took a year off after undergrad to work for his cousin in Ohio working as a provider/life coach for individuals with special needs, helping them to master life skills to successfully live on their own. He is an avid hunter and fisherman. In his free time, he enjoys working out, being around his friends, and listening to music. He is also a grill master and enjoys cooking. Kellen hopes to one day earn his Ph.D. and become a licensed counselor or join the FBI as a criminal profiler.