Meet the ElevateEdAZ College and Career Coaches

  • Kaycee O'Neill

     Kaycee O’Neill, Phoenix Coding Academy,

    As a College and Career Coach, Kaycee works closely with students and staff at Phoenix Coding Academy. Kaycee graduated from Arizona State University with a  Bachelor of Science in Communication. While in college, Kaycee was actively involved in Greek Life and Student Housing, which ultimately prompted her to pursue a career in education. After graduation, Kaycee relocated to Dallas, Texas, to work as a sixth-grade English teacher for the organization, Teach for America. During the summer, Kaycee also interned for Education Opens Doors, a college and career readiness nonprofit. These experiences in Dallas fueled her passion for educational equity, which has led her to engage in ElevateEdAZ's mission.




    Kaycie Quinonez

    Kaycie Quinonez, Academies at South Mountain,

    Kaycie Quinonez is honored to serve the students of the Academies at South Mountain and work with a dynamic team to prepare students for college and career through stronger alignment between education, business and the community. A Teach for America alumna, Kaycie began her career teaching elementary and middle school in the urban core of San Antonio, TX. Her experiences in the classroom and her desire to influence K-12 education led her to roles supporting various Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) across the country, including FBLA, FCCLA, DECA, SkillsUSA, and HOSA. She is passionate about providing meaningful and equitable opportunities for youth to foster their full potential and is motivated by the work of ElevateEdAZ in supporting Arizona’s high school students. Kaycie holds a management degree from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Educational Leadership degree from Northern Arizona University.




    Vanessa Burry

    Vanessa Burry, Metro Tech High School,

    Vanessa dedicated 15+ years to the Allied Healthcare industry and transitioned to education five years ago, teaching and career advising at the secondary and post-secondary levels. While she calls Arizona home, her Pacific Northwest roots called her to the Lumberjacks where she achieved a Bachelor of Science in Education in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and a Master's in Education in CTE from Northern Arizona University (NAU). Go Lumberjacks! Her role as a College and Career Coach with ElevateEdAZ allows her to work with students, teachers, and business partners to create a stronger and dynamic alignment between education, business, and the community. When she’s not working, she spends as much time in nature as possible, preferably with her family and three dogs.