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.


Sydney McKinnis

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Sydney McKinnis

Sydney joined the TAMS Academics Team in June 2022 as an academic counselor. Sydney has been a member of the UNT community since 2013. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Counseling at UNT. During her undergraduate career, Sydney was an Honors College student and spent 2.5 years as a research assistant in a developmental psychology laboratory. Sydney has worked in various departments at UNT, including Undergraduate Admissions, Office of the Registrar, College of Information Advising, and G. Brint Ryan College of Business Graduate Advising. She is passionate about building positive relationships with students and empowering them to achieve academic and personal success. Sydney enjoys traveling, exploring DFW, cooking, and spending time with friends and family in her free time.

Francine Hazy

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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!

Kit Shattuck

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Kit Shattuck

Kit (pronouns she/her and they/them) joined the TAMS Academics Team in January 2022 as an academic advisor. They grew up in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex and attended UNT for her undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management. She has been part of the UNT community for ten years and has worked at UNT for about six years in departments ranging from Orientation, Housing, Women's and Gender Studies, Undergraduate Admissions, and College of Science Academic Advising. They are currently completing an Interdisciplinary Studies Master's degree in which they are researching the intersection of Social Work and Higher Education. Kit spends their free time cooking, riding their motorcycle, and visiting parks and museums with their partner and stepson.