Academic Advising

The Academic Advising Program is designed to provide academic support and assistance to students enrolled at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science.  Services may include, but are not limited to, one-on-one meetings to assist students with the development of skills related to time management and personal study habits. The academic advisors work closely with students regarding an overall assessment of academic progress and the assignment of tutoring services when needed.  The academic advisors also function as liaisons with the UNT faculty members who teach TAMS students to obtain grades, attendance records, and other course related requirements.


Melissa Minick

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Melissa Schneider  

Melissa has been with the TAMS program as an academic counselor since 2019. Prior to her work with TAMS, she served in several professional and graduate-level positions at UNT, including three years as a developmental education coordinator in the UNT Learning Center and two years as a graduate assistant with the Office of Disability Accommodation (now Access). Melissa received her Master of Education degree in Higher Education from UNT in 2014, her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Texas State University in 2011, and is certified to teach English Language Arts and Reading 7-12 in the State of Texas. Melissa loves working with students at the beginning of their higher education journeys and being a small part of the many amazing things that the TAMS students accomplish. In her free time, Melissa enjoys cooking, taking Zumba classes, and taking her two dogs, Russell and Tucker, on long walks.

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Francine joined TAMS in August 2021 as an academic counselor. She moved to Denton from her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, where she pursued her college education at Youngstown State University. Francine received a Bachelor of General Studies focused in Education and Psychology with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership in 2019, then a Master of Science in Education focused in College Counseling and Student Affairs in 2021. Throughout her time at YSU, Francine worked with multiple offices including Student Activities, Academic Advising, Career Services, the Honors College, Marketing and Communication, and First Year Student Services. She pursued a career in higher education because she loves working in a community where everyone is striving for personal growth and a meaningful experience. Outside of work, Francine loves iced coffee, the Pittsburgh Steelers, baking cookies, and getting to know people!