Academic Advisors & Recruiters
Cali is a College Navigator who attended Northeast Texas Community College following her graduation from Pittsburg High School. During her time at NTCC, Cali earned an Associate’s Degree of Arts in Teaching, with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. Cali then transferred to Texas A&M University – Texarkana at NTCC where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Cali taught in the public school system for 3 and a half years before beginning her career at NTCC as an Advisor. Cali’s plans going forward are to earn a Master’s Degree in Organization at Texas A&M University – Commerce so that she will be able to better service the NTCC campus. Cali is a hometown girl who surrounds herself with friends and family, especially her husband, Jake, and her three small dogs. In her free time, Cali loves to be outside and does not mind a shopping trip now and then!
Disciplines: Agriculture, Education, Workforce
Advisor for the following disciplines: Student Athletes, Special Populations, General Studies, Art, Communications, Theater, Education, English, Government, History, Music, Physical Education, Human Performance, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Spanish.
Sheila attended Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas where she was employed by Student Services as both a Resident Assistant and a Hall Director while earning her BSE and her M.Ed. She feels her life has come full circle as she joins the NTCC Student Services team. She comes, most recently, from the field of public education where she served MPISD as a GT teacher and 504 Coordinator on an elementary campus for the past 9 years. She also has experience as a mentor teacher at the Child Development Center for 8 years. Sheila previously taught EDUC and RDG courses for TAMU-T @ NTCC. Her lifelong love of teaching continues as she has become an instructor for an EDUC 1300 class in addition to her roles as an academic advisor. Sheila is married to Scott and they have 3 children who have all graduated from college and married, as well as one amazing grandson. She enjoys reading, playing board games and doing puzzles while spending time with her family and watching Arkansas Razorback football.
Paula graduated from Mount Pleasant High School and took part in the Upward Bound program at NTCC. She then went on to earn her bachelor's in Kinesiology & Sports Studies with an emphasis in Interdisciplinary studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Before working as a College Navigator at NTCC, Paula spent a year coaching cross-country and track at Mount Pleasant ISD. Paula wants to help more first-generation students pursue higher education as part of her mission to give back to the community. Paula's plans going forward are to pursue a Master's Degree in Counseling, she want to help first-generation students, the Hispanic Community, and underserved populations how to cope with mental health issues. In her free time, Paula loves to be active outside of the office; she runs long-distance races and plays tennis for fun.
Disciplines: Health Sciences
Ja’Quacy Minter graduated from Mount Pleasant high school and was a member of the Upward Bound Program here at NTCC! He then went on to earn his Bachelor’s in Communication Studies with a focus in rhetoric, public memory and queer parenthood, from The University of Alabama. Before working as a College Navigator here at NTCC, Ja’Quacy spent four years working as a private Speech & Debate Consultant for high school students in Texas and Alabama. Ja'Quacy is the 2022 Everett Holle Foundation Recipient and as the first openly queer person of color to receive such a prestigious award, he hopes to show underprivileged and underrepresented students like himself that you can “look and be different” and still be successful. While attending The University of Alabama, he was ranked as number 2 in the nation in competitive speech and debate and helped establish speech and debate programs in underprivileged communities. Ja’Quacy has a passion for advocacy, mental health awareness and inclusivity and has had several of his works published in both online and print publications. When he isn't at his desk or helping students navigate the world of academia, he spends his free time writing poetry and watching his nieces grow older. He’s excited to be back here in Mount Pleasant and is looking forward to his time here at Northeast Texas Community College.
Disciplines: Business, Computer Science and Technology
Lori attended Texarkana College and Texas A&M-Texarkana where she received her BSIS in teacher education in 1994 and her M.Ed in 2009. She was a teacher for 29 years in several area districts: Pewitt, Pittsburg, Simms and Texarkana. Lori’s daughter graduated from Texas A&M- Texarkana with her BS in English and is now a teacher at MPISD. Lori’s son graduated from LaTech with his BSIS and is now working in the gaming industry. She has one dog and two cats who keep her company. She enjoys live music, concerts, reading, yard work, adventures and country living. Lori is a total crime junkie and is an avid podcast listener. Her purpose in life is to help people reach their goals and dreams and is so excited to be a part of the advising department here at NTCC.
Disciplines: Funeral Services, General Studies
Disciplines: Creative and Performing Arts, Criminal Justice, Human Perormance/PHED, Social and Behavioral Sciences, STEM