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Andrea Johns

Andrea Johns, MEd

ACES Academic Coach, Clarksburg High School

Andrea has spent the last 10 years working with underrepresented students to help them reach their educational and career goals. …

Patricia Polimadei, MDE, MBA

ACES Academic Coach, Rockville High School

Patricia Polimadei has close to twenty years of experience working with diverse populations in Montgomery County.  Patricia has extensive experience…

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Cameron Cox, MEd, EdS

ACES Academic Coach, Col. Zadok Magruder High School

Cameron is a career higher education professional originally from the great city of Springfield, MA.  As a first generation college…

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Blair Bullock, MA

ACES Academic Coach, Northwood High School

From working with foster care youth to victims of human trafficking, Blair Bullock brings a diverse and interdisciplinary background to…

Cristian Pineda, MEd

ACES Academic Coach, Springbrook High School

Cristian Pineda is a high school academic coach through the ACES program at Montgomery College, and has dedicated over ten years…

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Maria Abasi, MSW

ACES Academic Coach, Watkins Mill High School

Maria has over 12 years of experience working in the education sector in various capacities.  She has worked in education…

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Sylena Ellison, MA

ACES Academic Coach, Rockville Campus

Sylena Ellison is a first-generation college student from Connecticut.  She has over 10 years of experience in education.  Most recently…


Christina Tzortzinis, MA

ACES Academic Coach, Gaithersburg High School

After graduating with her BA from the University of Michigan, Christina Tzortzinis worked in the field of after school programming.…

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Minjote Mekonen, EdD

ACES Academic Coach, James Hubert Blake High School

Minjote Mekonen was born and raised in the DC metro area by immigrant parents from Ethiopia. After high school, she…

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Terré Thomas, MA

ACES Academic Coach, Paint Branch High School

Currently moonlighting as an American Sign Language interpreter, Terré moved to South Korea to teach English to children, ages 3…

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Tiffany Shaw, MA

ACES Academic Coach, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Tiffany Shaw is a native Washingtonian and first-generation college student.  She has a zeal and passion for higher education and…

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