Meet Your Quarter Plus Team!
It takes a village:
The Quarter Plus team is focused on student success and guiding incoming freshmen through the adjustment to college life. All of the academic and outside activities are carefully planned by Dr. Sara Ahmadi, Program Coordinator, and our on-site coordinator, Nicole Beaudoin with the support of the entire Extended Education staff.
Quarter Plus has a rigorous academic schedule, with students taking 8 units in a four week time period. Cal Poly faculty have been highly supportive of the program and its positive outcomes. Quarter Plus Learning Assistants, many of whom are program alumni, attend classes, study sessions and activities. In order to be a Learning Assistant for the Quarter Plus program, a student must meet GPA requirements, commit to a busy schedule and attend pre-program training sessions.
Sara Ahangar Ahmadi, Ph.D.
Sara Ahangar Ahmadi received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Ohio University in April 2016. She has her Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Azad University. She has a long history of teaching classes at the university level and coordinating educational programs at language schools. Additionally, she has been teaching literacy and ESL both to children and adults. More
Sara joined Extended Education as a Program Coordinator in January 2017 and has been busy planning and launching the 2018 Quarter Plus Program (the fifth year) in collaboration with other Extended Education staff. In addition to Quarter Plus, Sara is also organizing and developing program/courses in cooperation with College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Science; College of Engineering; and College of Liberal Arts; plus Non-credit Writing classes.
Nicole started working with Quarter Plus in its first year as a learning assistant and then continued working behind the scenes the next three years. She is now excited to be your on-site coordinator for the fifth year of Quarter Plus and looks forward to meeting all of you in August! More
Nicole grew up in San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly has been a part of her life since she was young, from attending Open House with her mom, to performing with choral groups at the PAC. She received her bachelor’s, magna cum laude, in Modern Languages and Literatures from Cal Poly in 2015. In addition to studying Spanish and Mandarin, Nicole took courses in business, computer science, and has a minor in Asian Studies. As a student, she was very involved in Mortar Board (community service chair), the Honors Program, University Singers, and teaching, tutoring, and volunteering in classes from pre-k to college level in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. While at Cal Poly, she won multiple awards including Student of the Year for MLL and Outstanding Senior for the College of Liberal Arts.
Quarter Plus Advisor
She received her Master’s in Education from the University of Texas studying College Student Personnel Administration and her Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Colorado in English and Art History. Allie moved to San Luis Obispo in 2016 and has enjoyed exploring the area and getting to know all of the wonderful people at Cal Poly.
- Attend classes with the students
- Manage study sessions
- Plan/attend activities and much more...
Quarter Plus Learning Assistants are the lifeline of the program. Serving as peer mentors, Learning Assistants are positive role models that demonstrate academic success, personal integrity, and a commitment to the Cal Poly community. Learning Assistant involvement is critical to mentor students and provide consistent, daily communication between staff, faculty and program coordinators. The majority of Learning Assistants are Quarter Plus alumni and many are also members of the University Honors Program.
My name is Connor Boulais and I am a first-year Computer Engineering student. I enjoy music of all forms,
but especially classic and alternative rock. I’ve played the guitar since I was in kindergarten, and often use the guitar as a means of procrastination.
I also appreciate going to remote places for very temporary amounts of time to enjoy the nature, and then returning to modern society. Online video games are pretty cool too. In the end, it’s less about what you are doing and more about who you are doing it with.
Hello! I am an incoming fourth year student studying Experience Industry Management and English.
I am also in the Honors Program, the Mustang Band (CP’s marching band), and the professional fraternity for my major. My absolute favorite things are film analysis, reading, running, cuttlefish, good coffee, road trips, Cal Poly, and my betta fish Fitzgerald. I was a student in the Quarter Plus program before my first year and I have been a Learning Assistant for the past two years. I value the program immensely and I can’t wait to welcome the Quarter Plus Class of 2018 to Cal Poly!
My name is Marc Galles. I am a second year Aerospace Engineer at Cal Poly. I chose to come to Cal Poly because
I fell in love with the campus and the “Learn by Doing” motto that we all know and love. Since arriving at Cal Poly, I’ve joined several clubs and organizations, and have striven to reciprocate the same kindness and generosity that was shown to me two summers ago.More
I am a third year business marketing major and a psychology minor from Calabasas, CA.
This will be my second time being a Learning Assistant for the Quarter Plus program and I am beyond excited. At Cal Poly, I serve as President of the American Marketing Association and am part of the Orfalea College of Business Council. Feel free to ask me about Greek Life, mental health issues, and exploring the central coast. I work with Cal Poly Athletics and Kennedy Library Circulation Department during the year.
My name is Brooke Harbottle, and I'm an Animal Science major attending Cal Poly. I enjoy working at El Camino Veterinary
Hospital and spending time with my friends outdoors. My career goal is to be a companion animal veterinarian. I focus on my academics during the quarters, but on breaks I like to go to the snow, go camping at the beach, or visit my family in southern California.More
Hello everyone! My name is Lauren Heinrich, and I am a third-year Business Administration major, concentrating in
Human Resources and Accounting with a minor in Political Science.
Here at Cal Poly, I am involved as a First Year Mentor and Peer Advisor through the College of Business, a Peer Leader through the Center for Leadership, and I serve on the board of the Human Resources club on campus, as well as a proud alum of the Quarter Plus Program. In my (very limited) free time, I am an avid fantasy baseball manager (four-time champ!) and eater of SLODOCO donuts. I cannot wait to meet all of you, see you soon!
My name is Julia and I am a Microbiology major. We like to say, “Small Bio, Big Hearts.”
I am super passionate about science and absolutely love sea otters. They are my favorite animal because they play such a vital role in their ecosystem, and yet, can be so overlooked. It’s not uncommon to find me on the way to Arch Graveyard or the Arboretum, as they are some of my favorite spots on campus. So, feel free to come say hello!
My name is Matthew Lawler and I'm a second-year Computer Science student here at Cal Poly!
I spend way too much time playing video games, which actually turned out to be a good thing since it inspired me to concentrate in Interactive Entertainment! I have a real passion for golf, and I try to go play a round whenever I get the time to. I also used to take vocal lessons and still sing occasionally. I'm also involved in numerous computing clubs on campus, and I cannot wait to be one of your LAs!
Hello Plusies! I’m Marisa, a third-year math major. I did Quarter Plus as a freshman and was a Learning Assistant for
Q+ 2017, so I’m excited to be a part of this program for a third year!
I have a fear of public speaking, but I made it through COMS 101 and so can you! I love movies, and my favorite is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which I believe is the best Marvel movie so far. My favorite place to eat in SLO is High Street and it’ll soon be yours too. I look forward to an amazing Quarter Plus with you all!
Hi! My name is Amanda and I am a third-year Mechanical Engineering student. Not only did I participate as a freshman,
but I was also a Learning Assistant for Quarter+ last year and I am so excited to be a part of this program again.
On campus, I am very involved with my sorority and am a member of the Panhellenic board. Around San Luis Obispo, I love spending time downtown at coffee shops or at the beach with friends. I am so excited to meet you all and for you to experience Quarter Plus!
I am a 3rd year Industrial Engineering student from Merced, California who enjoys math, movies, mandarin oranges,
I am passionate about incoming students and think anyone with the right tools can be successful at Cal Poly. I hope to combine my love of academics and my passion for incoming students to help make the transition to being a Cal Poly Mustang as smooth as possible.
Hi, I am Shaun Rizzolo, a Business Major from Lodi, CA. In my free time I like to hike, snowboard, take long walks on the beach,
and of course play excessive amounts of Fortnite.More
Hey ya’ll! My name is Logan Turner and I can’t wait to welcome you to Cal Poly this summer! I’m a 4th year Biochemistry major
from Grass Valley, CA.
On a typical weekend, you can find me sipping a smoothie on Avila Beach, shopping around downtown with friends, or petting shelter cats at Woods Humane Society. My favorite thing about Cal Poly is that the entire campus takes the ‘Learn by Doing’ motto to heart and I feel that the hands-on experiences I’ve had in my classes will definitely translate to success in my future career.
If I’m not on campus playing with calves at the dairy, cuddling cats at the shelter, or feeding horses, I’m probably watching the
sunset in Pismo with my friends or chowing down on my favorite sandwich at High Street Deli.
There’s nothing I love more than singing country music at the top of my lungs and pretending like I know how to line dance on Thursday nights. I see the glass half full and celebrate life’s little moments, like finding an open seat in the library during finals or stopping to pet a dog on my way to class.
I'm Paige Wilson, a third year Agriculture Science student with a minor in Agriculture Business from Kingsburg, CA. I enrolled in
the quarter plus program my freshman year.
The Quarter Plus program gave me some of my best friends, a smaller community to thrive in, and got me ahead in my college classes. With that being said I excelled my freshman year since I had an easier transition. I hope to encourage students to break out of their comfort zones to make new friends and try new things around the SLO community. Quarter Plus gave me the confidence to be a leader in the Cal Poly community. I have been a part of Cal Poly Abroad (Australia), a New Student and Orientation Leader, a SLO Days Leader, the Chair for the CAFES Student Advisory Board, and the Secretary for ACT Club (Ag. Communicators of Tomorrow.)