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BETTER


TOGETHER
Our support system helps students
graduate with little to no debt.

When cyclists race together, they create a ‘peloton’ or group that is able to defy headwinds.

Riders travel much faster as a team than alone. At PelotonU, we believe any student with the will and drive to graduate from college can earn a degree, regardless of geography or economics. When we support each other, we not only learn faster but also achieve much more than we ever could by ourselves. Here's the mission and values that guide our work.

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EDUCATION FOR EVERYONE – Balance learning and life

The current college education system isn’t serving the students who need it most. That’s why PelotonU has redesigned a path to graduation specifically for working adults who benefit from flexible schedules in a supportive peer environment.

42 %
Of PelotonU students are parents
60 %
Have tried college before
72 %
Are the first in their family to go to college

Average 2-Year

$3,750
Tuition & Fees
4% Graduate on time
4.6 years to degree
One Size Fits All
Fixed Pace
Tests & Textbooks

SNHU through PelotonU

$6,000
Tuition & Fees
90% Graduate on time
3 years to degree
Personalized Coaching
Flexible Pace
Project-Based Learning

Average 4-Year

$10,814
Tuition & Fees
53% Graduate on time
5.5 Years to degree
One Size Fits All
Fixed Pace
Tests & Textbooks

MEET THE TEAM

An Austin native and graduate of Leadership Austin: Emerge 2015, Hudson earned a degree in Public Policy from

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Vanderbilt and a Certificate of Journalism through the University of Massachusetts online. Before PelotonU, he co-founded a political advocacy startup and helped launch a rural community development organization in Guatemala.

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Sarah, a PelotonU co-founder, leads the team and trains others to bring our model to new cities. A 2007 Brown University graduate,

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she earned her Master’s in Educational Administration in 2013. Sarah served for five years at KIPP: Austin Collegiate as a teacher and school leader. Prior to KIPP, she was a Rio Grande Valley corps member with Teach for America where she taught History and World Geography.

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Leigh was born and raised in Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2004. Throughout her career,

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she has worked for nonprofit organizations focusing on program leadership and partnership-building in Chicago, San Francisco and New York City, before moving to Austin in 2014 to work for College Forward.

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Born in San Antonio, Cynthia graduated from UT Austin in 2006, earned her Master’s in Higher Education

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Administration and Academic Advising from Sam Houston State University in 2019, and is pursuing an Ed.D in Developmental Education at Texas State University. In the 9 years before joining PelotonU, she served as a high school teacher, leader, and college advising manager at KIPP and district schools in Austin and Houston

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Sara is from the small Texas town of Caddo Mills and attended Texas A&M where she studied Marketing. Since

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college, Sara has worked in under-served communities as a teacher, college counselor, and persistence counselor in the Rio Grande Valley, Houston, and Austin. Before PelotonU, Sara served as the Dean of College Counseling at Austin Achieve Public Schools where she designed a college acceptance and persistence plan for their first graduating class.

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Chris grew up in small town Texas before studying Economics at the University of Dallas, as the first in his family to go to college.

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His career in fundraising began with faith-based organizations, but shifted with a passion for higher education after working with college students who experienced significant challenges and inequities in the traditional university environment.

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Alma, originally hailing from the U.S. Midwest, is a 2012 graduate of Earlham College with a B.A. in Peace & Global Studies and Comparative Languages & Linguistics.

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Before joining the PelotonU team, Alma has had a career centered on education, access, and partnership building in a variety of roles - from working in undergraduate admissions, including work with students in Migrant Education, to serving non-profit organizations whose work centers on high school completion, work readiness, and college readiness.

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A native Texan, Janet graduated from Texas Tech University and began a two decade non-profit career. She has worked

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  in domestic violence survivor shelters and substance abuse rehabilitation facilities, which lead her to child welfare. Janet served as a Senior Child Advocacy Specialist and Director of Volunteer Admissions for CASA of Travis County, prior to joining PelotonU.

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Bradley was born in a military field hospital in Tennessee, raised in Ohio, and earned a degree in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2016.

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Bradley has gained early career experience in various strategy roles and utilized that skillset to create and deploy workforce training initiatives designed to upskill long-term structurally unemployed students.

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Karen is a Kenyan native and SNHU BA graduate in Healthcare Management.

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The degree path she underwent and received in August of 2019 through PelotonU, alongside her AA that she earned in 2017. Karen shares her experiences, tricks and knowledge that she has acquired as a former PelotonU student in her role as an Academic Onboarding Leader to help the oncoming and veteran students in their journeys to pursue their degrees.

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Born in León Guanajuato, Mexico and raised in Austin, Rodolfo joined PelotonU as a student in February 2019.

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He also co-founded Código Austin, a nonprofit promoting STEAM fields to students from under-served communities and serves on the board of Explore Austin, a nonprofit helping youth reach their potential through outdoor leadership training and mentorship.

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Judlyne Valmyr-Knox was born and raised in Orlando, Florida to Haitian parents. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in music and a minor in Africana Studies.

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She has a background working in non-profit organizations in under-served and marginalized populations as a program assistant and service director where she combined her love for music and mental health and created a curriculum where students learned healthy coping skills while learning music. When she moved to California, she later became a college advisor at the University of Southern California College Advising Corps, where she assisted juniors and seniors with college applications, admissions, and financial aid.

Judlyne has a passion in aiding Black students, students of color, and first generation students navigate post secondary education through emotional and academic support to help create retention in higher education.

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After graduating from the University of Florida in 2007, Silvio spent 12 years supporting student development in

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Phoenix, AZ. He earned his Masters degrees in Secondary Education and Educational Administration from Arizona State University while teaching junior high math and science in a dual language program. After leaving the classroom, he was an assistant principal at a K-8 school and leadership adviser for Anytown Leadership Program, an organization that focuses on social justice and support for high school students' development.

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Adria was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her BA and MA from Texas A&M University, and her PhD from UT-Austin.

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She has over seventeen years of teaching experience within postsecondary settings, and has spent the past three years serving as an educational consultant. Adria embraces every opportunity to work both within and outside of the classroom on projects and in programs designed to enrich the educational experience for learners, to foster retention, and to promote the intellectual and emotional well-being of all learners.

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Born in Mexico and raised in Austin, Wendy earned her associate degree from SNHU with PelotonU in 2018

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and is now pursuing a Bachelor's in Communications. As the inaugural Peer Coach, Wendy supports student in reaching their academic goals because she knows what it means to be a student with many responsibilities outside of school. She enjoys spending time with her 2 year old and learning new things for her future career in child psychology.

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Born in Mexico and raised in Austin, Evelyn is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Management from SNHU, after earning

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her Associate's in 2017. She knows what it means to be a student with many responsibilities and as a coach supports her students in their academic and personal goals.

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We also have nine fantastic board members. Meet PelotonU's board.

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