Northern Louisiana Team

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Laura Weego, North LA Regional Coordinator

Career Compass Starting Year: 2012 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana State University  

Major(s): B.A. Sociology; Master's of Social Work 

High School Alma Mater: Trinity Heights Christian Academy, Shreveport, LA 

Contact: lweego(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I love Louisiana! I truly believe that our coaches are making a difference in this state, because we are privileged to play a small part in teaching students to own their futures.


Nikkie Dodd

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University 

Major(s): B.A. Secondary Education, focus in Chemistry Education 

High School Alma Mater: Caddo Magnet High School, Shreveport, LA 

Contact: ndodd(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because I get the chance to provide students with information that will help them make informed decisions about their future plans after high school.


Christie Evans

Career Compass Starting Year: 2010 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

Major(s): B.A. Education 

High School Alma Mater: Hixson High School, Hixson, TN 

Contact: cevans(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I love working with students. Helping them reach their goals is such a rewarding experience. The excitement on students’ faces when I help them apply to college and when they show me their acceptance letters is the best feeling in the world. I love being a part of a team that gives high school seniors a step into their future.


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Suzanne Flores

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University - Shreveport

Major(s): B.A. Education; M. Ed; Reading Specialist

High School Alma Mater: North Caddo High School, Vivian, LA

Contact: sflores(a)careercompassla.org

In my work with Career Compass, I know I’m making a difference. I help students see that obstacles are the norm, but that they can be overcome with diligence and resources. It’s the baby steps that impact the big picture. I want to be the best resource for them.


Wendy Hinton

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University 

Major(s): B.S. Marketing 

High School Alma Mater: Ponchatoula High School, Ponchatoula, LA 

Contact: whinton(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because I have a lot of students who think they do not have options because of low grades, low ACT scores, or a perception that they cannot afford college. As a coach, I am able to give them a wealth of knowledge so they can achieve their post-secondary goals!


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Jamie Howell

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University

Major(s): B.S. Marketing 

High School Alma Mater: Airline High School, Bossier City, LA

Contact: jhowell(a)careercompassla.org

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because it gives me the opportunity to provide help and hope. Some students just need a little help and advice deciding what to do after graduation. Some students need hope as they approach graduation and plan for the future. It is very rewarding to offer both while working with other fun, supportive college & career coaches!


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Rebecca Kavanaugh

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University

Major(s): B.A. Speech Language Pathology; M.Ed., Education (Grades 1-8)

High School Alma Mater: Choudrant High School, Choudrant, LA

Contact: rkavanaugh(a)careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Compass Coach because I enjoy being an encourager! I know that every student that I meet has great potential.  I am so excited that I get to be a part of encouraging each one to use that potential to their greatest advantage and to help them to prepare for a successful future!


Cheryl Parker

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Northeast Louisiana University, Louisiana Tech University 

Major(s): B.S. Home Economics; M.S. Nutrition 

High School Alma Mater: Ouachita Parish High School, Monroe, LA 

Contact: cparker(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because I have the potential to make a positive impact on every student I sit across from. I have already been able to show students that there can be more than one pathway to a career. Being able to explore the student’s options and find the best possible path for them to be successful has already been very rewarding. Seeing the smile on their faces when they realize that a post-secondary education is a very real possibility—it’s the best feeling ever.


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Ann Sellers

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

Contact: asellers(a)careercompassla.org 


 

Shannon Smith

Career Compass Starting Year: 2011 

College Alma Mater(s): University of Texas San Antonio 

Major(s): B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Teacher Certification EC-6 

High School Alma Mater: Thomas B. Doherty High School, Colorado Springs, CO 

Contact: ssmith(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because we have the privilege of helping students to make decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. We give hope when a student feels stuck in a situation. We supply a “plan B” when their “plan A” falls through.  We create alternate avenues to get to their ultimate destination. We encourage them and arm them with the knowledge to make smart choices about their futures. We care for them and cheer them on; we make a difference! 


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Ashley Wachal

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University

Major(s): B.F.A. Fine Arts Studio, M.A.T. Art Education (K-12)

High School Alma Mater: Airline High School, Bossier City, LA

Contact: awachal(a)careercompassla.org

As a coach, I have the privilege of connecting with students on a personal level again. I’ve missed that aspect of teaching since leaving the classroom. It’s a joy to connect, guide, and cheer each student on with the decisions they make for their future. It really is the best job ever!