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Meet Impact Coach Deanne Austin


Meet City Year Detroit’s newest Impact Coach, Deanne Austin! Impact Coaches are the instructional experts who work with AmeriCorps members to identify student learning needs and provide them with the coaching and tools to drive student academic and social-emotional learning gains. Impact Coaches continually assess the service quality with both quantitative and qualitative measures and provide training responsive to identified members’ needs from that data.

Deanne loves to serve because of her love of helping others. She also loves the meaning of Ubuntu: I am because you are. We are excited that Deanne has joined our team at City Year Detroit, and we are grateful she took the time to answer some questions about herself. We think Deanne is pretty awesome, and we’re sure you’ll agree!

What schools do you serve?

“Osborn High School, Cody High School, Bethune Elementary-Middle School, and the Central High School-Durfee Elementary-Middle School Campus”

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? 

“Being at Pistons game.”

What quote inspires you?

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

If you had unlimited resources, money, and time, what would you do?

“Make higher education free.”

Students say funny things… what is the best student quote you have ever heard?

“I’ve done all this school to go to “more” school, no thanks—A 9th grader”


Thank you, Deanne, for the vital contributions you are already making to City Year Detroit and the work we do!



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