New College and Career Advisor introduces herself to Akins community

Staff, Staff Writer

A native Austinite, Annette Gutierrez, graduated from Crockett High School before attending Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology.

Excited to return home, she earned her teacher’s certificate and began teaching science at McCallum High School. In her second year of teaching, Gutierrez was asked to teach AVID and shortly after was asked to serve as the campus AVID Coordinator.

In taking on the role, Gutierrez realized how passionate she was about helping students and their families in her home community navigate the barriers to getting into and completing college. With that she earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Shortly after Gutierrez accepted the role of Pre-Health Professions Advisor at St. Mary’s University where two of her most proud pieces of work were coordinating the Pre-Health Professions Preceptorship, matching hopeful students with a doctor or dentist to intern with for a semester, and expanding the Pre-Health Professions Career Conference. She also taught First-Year Seminar.

At Texas State University, Gutierrez served as the Supplemental Instruction (SI) STEM Coordinator where she over saw STEM SI Tutors, advised students on study skills, and taught First-Year Seminar.

Gutierrez is coming to Akins from her role as the GEAR UP Facilitator at Bedichek Middle school where she helps students and families start to think and prepare for post-secondary education plans.

Gutierrez is very honored to be stepping into the role as Project Advance Coordinator at Akins High School and to be helping families once again from her home community navigate the post-secondary planning process.