Getting to know tnAchieves, Featuring Matt Otero

Matt Otero

Data Manager


Where did you go to school and what was your major? I attended the University of New Mexico and I was a Biology/Psychology Major

Why is education important to you? Education provides opportunities and prepares students for life. No matter the location or family situation a student may grow up in, a chance to pursue a postsecondary education will help stretch a student. Pursuing an education teaches a person to think critically, learn to ask questions, and develop soft skills. Students will grow in knowledge based on the subjects they pursue, but also in life skills that will benefit them outside of school.

What is your best piece of advice for current college students? My favorite piece of advice for college students is to not be afraid to ask questions. It’s important to remember as a college student or in life in general, it’s ok to not know the answer to everything. At some point everyone will need some help.  Whether it’s with fellow students, professors, or staff on campus, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and some headaches by reaching out instead of struggling on your own.

What is your favorite part about working for tnAchieves? My favorite part of working for tnAchieves is getting the chance to travel to the different counties in TN we serve. For someone like myself who is not originally from TN, it’s exciting  to each day be able to learn how diverse the state is and be able to meet the students and families our work is intending to impact.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself: After leaving my home state of New Mexico and before moving to Tennessee, I lived in the 2nd largest state (Texas – 268,580 square miles )and smallest state (Rhode Island – 1,545 square miles) in the continental United States.

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