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Get to know your academic and career coach

UW–Madison Online provides individual support and coaching throughout your student journey. Once you are admitted and complete your online orientation, your enrollment coach will introduce you to your academic and career (AC) coach. Your AC coach is with you through the rest of your Wisconsin experience. AC coaches will:

  • Help you map out your course schedule and academic plan
  • Provide advice and coaching to help you achieve your career aspirations
  • Refer and connect you with other resources at UW–Madison
  • Assist you in developing a goal-based and action-oriented plan for success
  • Help you navigate challenges and barriers you may encounter during your student journey

These are just a few of the areas where your academic and career coach will be able to assist you. Your success is their main goal.

Academic and career coaches

Rianna Bailey

Position title: Academic and career coach

My role as your academic and career coach is to provide support in achieving your goals throughout your time at UW–Madison Online. I attribute much of my college success to my advisors and mentors who supported me as a person first. They helped me realize that I wasn’t a failure for not completing my degree in four years and by the age of 22.

I am happy you are here and that you have chosen UW–Madison Online. I hope that we can get to know each other better during your time at UW–Madison.

Leanne Johnson

Position title: Academic and career coach

I am here to support you through your entire journey toward degree attainment, including helping you understand academic requirements, connect with resources across campus and develop and take steps to strengthen your career goals. I can also assist with other issues that may impact your educational goals.

I have been a career changer, working in a variety of roles before finding a career that speaks to my personal values. I enjoy getting to know students, helping them problem solve through issues that come up and celebrating their successes along the way.

Derek Zimmerman

Position title: Academic and career coach

I am here to be your point person during your educational experience. Whether you need assistance navigating academic requirements, discussing challenges that you may be facing or identifying and taking steps towards your career goals, I am here to help!

I am passionate about helping students succeed and achieve their goals and look forward to helping you as well. I am excited to get to know you during your time at UW–Madison Online. Please do not hesitate to reach out.