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Who We Are

The College of Education student ambassadors act as official hosts and representatives of the College. Ambassadors have the opportunity to:

  • Meet with prospective students
  • Facilitate orientation activities
  • Give building tours
  • Support outreach and recruitment initiatives
  • Provide strong student support at events such as open houses, welcome-back events, convocation, and other recognition ceremonies.

It is important to the senior leadership of the College of Education to make decisions, when appropriate, based on student input and feedback. A unique experience for students, ambassadors are often invited to share their student perspective with the dean's office on important issues and give input for new initiatives for college improvements. Students may contact the ambassadors with an issue or idea.

Contact us if you have questions or are interested in being involved with the student ambassador program. Applications open every January, and interviews take place during the spring.

Mission Statement

Diverse student leaders representing the College of Education who are committed to cultivating a sense of community through service.

Apply to be a student ambassador

The applications for the 2019–2020 Student Ambassador group were open from January 17 to February 14 (Now Closed).

Applications for 2020–2021 will open in Janaury of 2020.

If you have further questions about the application process or COE Student Ambassadors please contact Callie Cole.

Request Ambassadors for an Event

If you are faculty or staff and it would be helpful for student ambassadors to volunteer for your event, you can submit an online request. Please allow at least one week's notice when requesting student leader volunteers.

Student Ambassador Scholarship Fund

As a student in the UGA College of Education, Amy Lee embodied passion, caring, and selflessness. Her plan as a special education major was to enrich the lives of others through education and therapy. Those she met in her time in the College—whether as a Student Ambassador, as a counselor for the local nonprofit Extra Special People, or through volunteer work with the UGA Wesley Foundation and Clarke County Mentor Program—saw firsthand that her passion extended far beyond a classroom.

Amy's death in August of 2018 shook the College of Education community. But our staff, faculty, and students, particularly her fellow Student Ambassadors, wanted to honor her energy and passion. Help us commemorate her generosity and love of serving others by supporting the Amy Katherine Lee Student Ambassador Scholarship Fund.

Donate today

Amy Lee

Meet the Team

Portrait of Amari Allen

Amari Allen

Born in Marietta, Georgia, Amari Allen is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major. Her advice to new students is to spend time adjusting and acclimating to college life since this transition period can be overwhelming. She loves the College of Education because her major classes are actually preparing her to become a physical therapist in the future.

Portrait of Spencer Allison

Spencer Allison

Spencer Allison is a fourth-year science education major from Cumming, Georgia. He loves the College of Education because the faculty, staff, students, and alumni make up an awesome community of people. He says the Office of Student Engagement and his advisor have been extremely helpful throughout his time here.

Portrait of Annadele Barnes

Annadele Barnes

From Nashville, Tennessee, Annadele Barnes is a fourth-year student studying exercise and sport science. She says the labs in the Department of Kinesiology have given her a tangible learning experience applicable to her future career. She advises freshmen to get involved in the organizations and opportunities on campus.

Portrait of Monica Bedgood

Monica Bedgood

From Nahunta, Georgia, Monica Bedgood is a junior in early childhood education. She says that all students should be engaged on campus where there is a wealth of opportunities, as well as in the Athens community. She enjoys being part of the College of Education because everyone is passionate about changing the lives of the future generation of students.

Portrait of Caroline Beltrami

Caroline Beltrami

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Caroline Beltrami is an English education major. She loves that the College of Education is home to so many people who are passionate about different things that all revolve around helping other people. Her advice to new students is to be bold and get involved.

Portrait of Joseph Berney

Joseph Berney

Joseph Berney is a third-year sports management student from Dunwoody, Georgia. He is thankful for the support he has received from faculty in the College. His advice for incoming freshmen is to engage with professors of classes they are interested in—they will offer advice and help in the future.

Portrait of Carlie Burnham

Carlie Burnham

From Milton, Georgia, Carlie Burnham is a fourth-year student majoring in early childhood education. She enjoys the experiential learning opportunities the College of Education offers, which includes hands-on experience with children. Her advice to incoming freshmen is to try anything and everything during their time at UGA.

Portrait of Alison Canaras

Alison Canaras

Alison Canaras is a junior studying early childhood education. She says the professors in the College of Education value and listen to student feedback. Canaras found a great sense of belonging within her cohort and the entire College. Her advice to incoming freshmen is to talk with as many new people as possible.

Portrait of Jenny Choi

Jenny Choi

From Johns Creek, Georgia, Jenny Choi is a second-year biology and science double major. She advises all students to try and find themselves independently by discovering new passions and learning something new about themselves they may not have otherwise. Choi enjoys the warm and family-like environment that the College of Education provides to students, parents, and faculty.

Portrait of Mary Cowart

Mary Cowart

Originally from Johns Creek, Georgia, Mary Cowart is a fourth-year student majoring in math education. She says the professors in the College of Education are incredibly qualified and that they care deeply for each student. To all incoming freshmen: take the time to figure out what you love, and when the going gets tough, don't push it off and suffer alone.

Portrait of Marques R. Dexter

Marques R. Dexter

Marques R. Dexter is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, studying kinesiology with a specialization in sport management and policy. His advice to incoming freshmen is to be open to growth and to discover what they are capable of. Dexter says the College of Education is progressing its mission of diversity, equity and inclusion, and strong women leaders like Denise Spangler, Annelise Singh, and Janet Buckworth have allowed him to thrive as a student.

Portrait of Shea Duckworth

Shea Duckworth

From New Orleans, Louisiana, Shea Duckworth is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major. The highlight of her day is sitting down between classes with friends and catching up. She encourages incoming freshmen to push their limits and try new things.

Portrait of Mary Lyn Dyer

Mary Lyn Dyer

Originally from Monroe, Georgia, Mary Lyn Dyer is a sophomore in communication sciences and disorders. She says the College of Education makes a large school feel so much smaller and homier. Dyer says she has met so many awesome people in the College who are passionate about serving others, and that she enjoys learning how others plan to take their majors into the real world.

Portrait of Allie Forand

Allie Forand

Originally from Easy Providence, Rhode Island, Allie Forand is a junior double majoring in athletic training and sports science. With most of her days spent in Ramsey, she says the quality lab equipment and professors have helped her thrive as an athletic training and sport science student. Forand says it is easy, especially freshman year, to spread yourself too thin and be stressed. Participating in what you enjoy makes it feel less like a chore and more fun—it’s great to try new things, but finding what you love is the best feeling.

Portrait of Caitlin Franchini

Caitlin Franchini

Caitlin Franchini is a senior in communication sciences and disorders from Canton, Georgia. Throughout her time at UGA, the College of Education has given her several opportunities to learn, research, and grow as a leader and future professional. She says the faculty prioritizes students, which is evident in their approach and concern for student success.

Portrait of Anna Gentry

Anna Gentry

Anna Gentry is a third-year Double Dawg who is receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in early childhood education. Originally from Watkinsville, Georgia, she stresses the importance of getting involved on campus. She loves that the College of Education feels like a community with lots of diversity and numerous opportunities to succeed and get involved.

Portrait of Adrianna Grant

Adrianna Grant

Adrianna Grant is a third-year special education major from Johns Creek, Georgia. She says that receiving a well-rounded education at UGA and the College of Education gives her the confidence she needs to make a difference in students’ lives.

Portrait of Jasmine Gresham

Jasmine Gresham

From Stockbridge, Georgia, Jasmine Gresham is a second-year exercise and sport science major. She enjoys the community the College of Education fosters and says to read the emails that staff send out—they contain valuable information and opportunities. Her advice to incoming freshmen is “comparison is the thief of joy,” meaning it may be easy to compare yourself to others around you, but the path looks different for every individual student.

Portrait of Matthew Gustafson

Matthew Gustafson

Born in Alpharetta, Georgia, Matthew Gustafson is a second-year student studying social studies education. His favorite part about the College of Education is being surrounded by people who are passionate about the same things. He advises new students to keep trying new things, even if they feel lost—eventually, they’ll find a home away from home.

Portrait of Alayna Guthrie

Alayna Guthrie

From Stone Mountain, Georgia, Alayna Guthrie is a third-year student studying communication sciences and disorders. Having so much in common with a diverse group of people has allowed her to thrive, and many of them have become her biggest supporters and best friends. Guthrie loves how the College of Education’s faculty, staff, advisors, dean, ambassadors, and other students go out of their way to ensure students thrive and are successful.

Portrait of Jared Hayes

Jared Hayes

From Hoschton, Georgia, Jared Hayes is a senior in social studies education. He is thankful for the friendships he has made in the College of Education and enjoys the homey atmosphere. As a transfer student, his biggest advice to new students is to make friends!

Portrait of Emily Huckaby

Emily Huckaby

Emily Huckaby is a senior majoring in communication sciences and special education from Griffin, Georgia. She advises incoming freshmen to act out of character and do things they wouldn’t normally see themselves doing—in fact, that is how she met her best friends. She says the College of Education’s welcoming atmosphere has allowed her to grow as a person and student and embrace new opportunities, all while having a blast.

Portrait of Savannah Jackson

Savannah Jackson

From Alpharetta, Georgia, Savannah Jackson is a third-year student studying communication sciences and disorders and Spanish. Her faith, family, friends, and overall passion for learning and helping people has allowed her to thrive. Jackson says never compare yourself to others, because everyone's college experience looks a little different. Make sure that you're making decisions based on what's best for you and not what is best for everyone else.

Portrait of Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a third-year middle grades education major and Spanish minor from Carrolton, Georgia. Her favorite part about the College of Education is having professors that genuinely care about student success. Her advice to newcomers is to take classes seriously and not to take the meal plan for granted.

Portrait of Marcus Jones

Marcus Jones

Marcus Jones is a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders from Jonesboro, Georgia. Jones says that new students should use all of the resources the College provides, including the study spaces, networking opportunities, organizations, and the faculty. All of his jobs at UGA have been in the College of Education, and he says the hardworking and friendly faculty and staff have been a joy to work with. Being an ambassador is how he gives back.

Portrait of Ashley Kehoe

Ashley Kehoe

Hailing from Marietta, Georgia, Ashley Kehoe is a fourth-year student majoring in communication sciences and disorders. She loves the diversity of people and majors in the College of Education and appreciates how faculty and staff have given her many opportunities to thrive as a student.

Portrait of Caleb Kelly

Caleb Kelly

Caleb Kelly is a third-year sport management major from Macon, Georgia. His favorite thing about the College of Education is being able to surround himself with other people who genuinely care about making an impact on others. His advice to first-year students is to make the most of their time in college by building lasting relationships and getting involved.

Portrait of Ari Krakovsky

Ari Krakovsky

From Lilburn, Georgia, Ari Krakovsky is a fifth-year student majoring in communication sciences and disorders. She is also pursuing a certificate in disability studies. Krakovsky advises incoming freshmen to not be afraid of failure. Support from faculty members who are encouraging, challenging, and helpful and programs like student ambassadors have allowed her to thrive.

Portrait of Ashlyn Lanier

Ashlyn Lanier

Ashlyn Lanier is a senior in special education from Statesboro, Georgia. Her favorite thing about the College of Education is the community that it has given her—all the students, staff, and faculty truly care and want the best for each other. Lanier says you never know which organization will peak your interest, so why not try out several!

Portrait of Chandler LeCroy

Chandler LeCroy

Originally from Toccoa, Georgia, Chandler LeCroy is a fourth-year sport management and policy major in the Double Dawgs program. Her advice to incoming freshmen is to get involved in organizations and opportunities early on. She says the College of Education faculty and staff have helped her connect with people in her career field, ultimately giving her the confidence and exposure to thrive after graduation.

Portrait of Anna Grace McCurley

Anna Grace McCurley

From Hartwell, Georgia, Anna Grace McCurley is a junior studying communication sciences and disorders. Her advice to incoming freshmen is to buy a calendar! She says being a student ambassador has given her a place to fully be herself and provide her with a chance to give back to the College of Education.

Portrait of Elizabeth Metress

Elizabeth Metress

From Grovetown, Georgia, Elizabeth Metress is a third-year student majoring in mathematics education and minoring in sports management. The flexibility of students, professors, and staff at the College has helped her thrive. She says the College of Education prepares more than just future educators, and she enjoys the diversity. Her word of wisdom to incoming freshmen is to manage their free time productively.

Portrait of Parker Nail

Parker Nail

From Fayetteville, Georgia, Parker Nail is a third-year student majoring in social studies education. His advice for new students is to jump out of your comfort zone and put your best foot forward! As part of the College of Education, he enjoys working with the most loving people on campus who want to make a difference.

Portrait of Lisa Neary

Lisa Neary

Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Lisa Neary is a junior studying middle grades education. She reminds newcomers to UGA that it’s okay to not know what you want to major in yet! Neary enjoys the College of Education because of the phenomenal faculty and staff, small classrooms, and amazing students.

Portrait of Kelley Ngo

Kelley Ngo

From Alpharetta, Georgia, Kelley Ngo is a third-year communication sciences and disorders major who is minoring in Vietnamese language and literature. She enjoys the caring professors, diverse student community, and the relationships she has made in her cohort. Through undergraduate research opportunities, the College of Education has allowed her to thrive alongside professors and students. She advises incoming freshmen to find something they are passionate about.

Portrait of Makayla Nichols

Makayla Nichols

Makayla Nichols comes to the College of Education from Oconee, Georgia. She is a fourth-year early childhood education major who has built strong friendships with her cohort in the College. She says college is so much more enjoyable when you have people to succeed with around you.

Portrait of Elizabeth Nixon

Elizabeth Nixon

Hailing from Cumming, Georgia, Elizabeth Nixon is a fourth-year student studying communication sciences and disorders. The friendly and genuine people in the College have provided her with a supportive and loving community. Nixon says new freshmen should branch out and get involved in organizations on campus.

Portrait of Emily Nord

Emily Nord

From Alpharetta, Georgia, Emily Nord is a fourth-year student studying middle grades education with an emphasis in language arts and science. She says balance is key to college and advises incoming freshmen to do one productive thing and one rewarding or relaxing thing every day outside of class. Nord enjoys how the College of Education provides a wide range of opportunities for student engagement, development, and enrichment to personalize educational experiences.

Portrait of Juan Antonio Martinez Nova

Juan Antonio Martinez Nova

From the Dominican Republic, Juan Antonio Martinez Nova is a second-year master’s student in educational administration and policy. He says the College of Education provides all the opportunities that a big university like UGA can offer, but it also makes you feel like a part of a tight-knit community. Nova sums up his advice to incoming freshmen with a quote: "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."

Portrait of Daniel O’Connell

Daniel O’Connell

Daniel O’Connell is a senior majoring in English and English education from Saint Mary’s, Georgia. What he enjoys most about the College of Education is the opportunities it provides to students. He advises incoming freshmen to join a club as soon as possible.

Portrait of Princess Osibodu

Princess Osibodu

From Conyers, Georgia, Princess Osibodu is a second-year communication sciences and disorders and linguistics double major and a teaching English to speakers of other languages minor. She feels at home walking in Aderhold Hall and enjoys the abundance of resources available, specifically the Office of Information Technology and the School Supply Closet. Osibodu’s advice to incoming freshmen is to join at least one organization that is focused on their interest or passion and one purely for fun.

Portrait of Caitlin Reed

Caitlin Reed

Caitlin Reed is a sophomore majoring in exercise and sport science from Peachtree Corners, Georgia. She says the College of Education offers many hands-on learning experiences through practicum courses, which has helped prepare her to work in clinical settings. Her advice to incoming freshmen is to be as involved as possible in clubs and organizations that they are passionate about.

Portrait of Sam Schonhardt

Sam Schonhardt

From Hilliard, Ohio, Sam Schonhardt is a third-year communication sciences and disorders major. She enjoys the brilliant and kind students and faculty in the College of Education. She says incoming freshmen should try to get to know new people, whether it be in the dorms, classes, or around campus. Building a network is a great way to make UGA feel like home.

Portrait of Keith Schroeder

Keith Schroeder

Keith Schroeder is a fourth-year exercise science major from Newnan, Georgia, who loves the research and experimental learning opportunities that the College of Education provides. His advice to incoming students is to not be afraid to ask for help.

Portrait of Adam Schultz

Adam Schultz

Adam Schultz is a graduate student from Saint Mary’s, Georgia, majoring in social studies education. He enjoys the supportive staff and how nice everyone is in the College of Education, especially when he’s had a bad day! Schultz says new students should get involved in clubs and organizations, but to avoid getting overwhelmed.

Portrait of DeAndra Shields

DeAndra Shields

DeAndra Shields is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major from Columbus, Georgia. She loves the College of Education because it offers lots of hands-on experiences, including human cadavers! Meaningful friendships are a valuable part of her life, and she is thankful for the seasoned professors that care about the success and well-being of all students. She advises incoming freshmen to learn to prioritize school and friendships and to not forget about the people who are most important to them.

Portrait of Brandi Sinkfield

Brandi Sinkfield

From Newnan, Georgia, Brandi Sinkfield is a senior majoring in business management and sports management. What she likes most about the College of Education is the family-like atmosphere. Sinkfield’s advice to incoming students is to get involved and step outside of their comfort zones.

Portrait of Christi Smith

Christi Smith

Christi Smith is a third-year early childhood education major from Rome, Georgia, who advises incoming freshmen to be bold and confident in who they are. She also recommends people befriend others who will lift them up. She appreciates how the College of Education's course plan is both well-organized and refreshing.

Portrait of Katja Sonkeng

Katja Sonkeng

Hailing from Berlin, Germany, Katja Sonkeng is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in sports management and policy. Her advice to new students is to always ask questions. Sonkeng enjoys the College of Education because of its diversity, people, disciplines, departments, and perspectives.

Portrait of Katie Story

Katie Story

Katie Story is a second-year middle grades education major from Loganville, Georgia, who says new students should study hard, make lasting memories, and build new relationships with friends. She loves working with middle school students and preparing the next generation. Story also appreciates how people in the College, including her education professors, are always kind-hearted and fun to be around.

Portrait of Caleb Thomas

Caleb Thomas

Caleb Thomas is a fourth-year social studies education major from Loganville, Georgia. To him, every student and professor in the College is driven to be the best teacher, doctor, advocate, or student they can be. He encourages incoming freshmen to chase discomfort and capitalize on the opportunity to grow during their time here by going to new places, getting involved in organizations, and spending time with unfamiliar people.

Portrait of Vanessa Thomas

Vanessa Thomas

Hailing from Calhoun, Georgia, Vanessa Thomas is a fourth-year Double Dawg in early childhood education. She says the College of Education has helped enhance her career and meet new people. Thomas encourages incoming freshmen to go on a self-journey by discovering themselves, what they stand for, and what makes them happy.

Portrait of Chasity Tompkins

Chasity Tompkins

From Monroe, Georgia, Chasity Tompkins is a graduate student working on her master’s degree in workforce education and doctoral degree in educational theory and practice. Tompkins was a freshman in 2011, and says time flies, so enjoy every moment! Her mentors, professors, and programs have helped her thrive as a passionate student with a love for education.

Portrait of Teresa Tran

Teresa Tran

Teresa Tran is a third-year from Lawrenceville, Georgia, triple majoring in English, English education, and women studies. She appreciates the College of Education’s kind and smart professors, helpful and caring advisors, and passionate and inspiring students. Her advice to incoming freshmen is to not be afraid to step out of their comfort zones, but also to not overextend. Balance is key.

Portrait of Cameron Walsh

Cameron Walsh

Cameron Walsh is a third-year English and English education major from Macon, Georgia. She feels that students in the College of Education are uniquely passionate about the career paths they have chosen—whether that be in education, therapy, training, or any of the other opportunities available—because everyone seems to have a personal story or life experience which drives their passion. Her advice to incoming freshmen is to take a deep breath and trust that everything will be okay.

Portrait of Casper Watson

Casper Watson

From Roswell, Georgia, Casper Watson is a third-year Double Dawg in early childhood education. Watson says being in a college where he can learn alongside students on various career paths has been truly awe-inspiring. Also, incoming freshmen should sign up for clubs they are interested in!

Portrait of Haley Williams

Haley Williams

From Duluth, Georgia, Haley Williams is a fifth-year special education major who is minoring in Spanish. She loves the vast amount of resources the College of Education has available to students and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s constant effort to improve the College for all students.

Portrait of Rebecca Winget

Rebecca Winget

Rebecca Winget is a fifth-year communication sciences and disorders and special education double major from Macon, Georgia. She loves how the College of Education’s tight-knit community makes UGA’s huge campus feel homier. The friends she has made in her major are like family, and they have helped her thrive as a student.