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Academic Coaches


You can make your own appointment via Accucampus, emailing Contact
or by calling 531-233-0982
Phone hours:
Monday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 
Friday: 9 a.m.- 4:30p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Karla Benton

Karla is a graduate of the University of Nebraska/Omaha with degrees in English and Black Studies. She has extensive experience working in education and helping students of all ages succeed. Karla joined the MCC team in 2019 and enjoys working with Metro’s diverse student population. As an Academic Coach, Karla looks forward to helping students navigate the many challenges of succeeding at the college level to accomplishing their goals. When not working with students, Karla loves to escape into a good book and spends some of her free time volunteering in her community while on her children's PTAs or coaching volleyball.

Brenda Bruening

Brenda graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with her master’s degree in English and a certificate in Advanced Writing. She has worked for Metropolitan Community College since 2010 and currently works in the Learning and Tutoring Center. She especially enjoys encouraging students and watching them succeed at meeting their academic goals. Brenda has worked in health and human services, publishing, editing, and also has experience as an overseas volunteer. Her interests include reading, paper crafting, horticulture, traveling and learning about other cultures.

Kerry Johnson

Kerry graduated with her bachelor’s degrees in Writer’s Workshop and Secondary Education before starting her full time work in education and human services. She enjoys helping others with self-advocacy, motivation and reaching goals. Trying to balance school, home and work can be stressful. With a network of support, Kerry believes students can be successful in all levels of education and life. Kerry enjoys helping students to identify their strengths so they can become a more productive, organized and confident in school. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her family (which includes a menagerie of pets), listening to podcasts, reading and taking classes.

Taylor Pizinger

Taylor graduated with her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology while working in education. She focused on inequalities in our society during her Sociological studies which helps her understand the obstacles students face. She enjoys helping others work past their restrictive circumstances in order to make optimal use of their strengths. Taylor believes everyone can achieve their academic goals with good study habits, test prep and homework guidance, and asking for both personal and academic help when necessary. Taylor enjoys drawing, reading, and furthering her education in her free time.