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 StatementDiverse student leaders representing the College of Education who are committed to cultivating a sense of community through service.
Student Ambassador Information Sessions
Applications for 2022-2023 will open on January 14 and will be due on February 9 at 5 p.m. Students must attend one information session in order to apply to be an MFECOE Student Ambassador. Dates are listed below. Applicants must also submit one reference .
Apply to be a Student Ambassador
Request Ambassadors for an EventIf 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.
Meet the Team
Jayden Braxton is a third-year student studying social studies education from Douglasville, Georgia. He loves the support he receives from peers, staff, and faculty in the College. His advice to new students is to trust that everything is going to work out even when it feels like it won’t.
From Clarksville, Georgia, Nevaja Brown is a fourth-year student studying communication sciences and disorders. She says to always treat people with kindness and respect because you never know what is going on in their lives. She loves how the College provides students with a space to feel seen and be heard.
From Hartwell, Georgia, Jalen Burton is a senior studying early childhood education. He loves the diverse and inclusive community in the College. His advice to newcomers is to step outside their comfort zone and be involved in what they’re passionate about!
From Dalton, Georgia, Haydee Concuan is a senior studying communication sciences and disorders. Her advice to new students is to remember that they don’t have to have everything figured out. Besides the diversity and sense of inclusivity, she loves the caring and invested professors in the College who want to see students succeed.
From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ashleigh Conn is a junior studying exercise and sport science. She advises students to take advantage of every opportunity that interests them on campus and build relationships in the College. She enjoys being a part of the College because it’s diverse and versatile, allowing students to grow and reach their full academic potential.
Lauren Corley is a junior studying English education from Athens, Georgia. She loves how socially progressive and welcoming the College is. She says students should take care of themselves and schedule time to rest.
From Auburn, Georgia, Harley Courtney is a sophomore studying elementary education. She says students should maintain a positive outlook when pursuing new endeavors. She loves the sense of community that comes from seeking the same goals as her peers in the College.
Caroline Davie is a fourth-year mathematics and mathematics education major from Roswell, Georgia. Her advice to newcomers is to pay close attention to what sparks their passion and interests and to join organizations that prepare them for the future, engage in service learning, and connect with people who have similar interests. She loves that the College feels like a family.
Catherine Davies is a third-year elementary education major from Acworth, Georgia. She loves the College because of its supportive community of students, staff, and faculty. She says students should step out of their comfort zones, be open minded, and try as many new things as possible.
Julie Catherine Dunavant is a third-year Double Dawg studying special education from Suwanee, Georgia. She loves the Double Dawgs program, which will allow her to receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years or less. She advises newcomers to get to know their professors outside of class.
From Monroe, Georgia, Mary Lyn Dyer is a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders. Her advice to newcomers is to try everything—join organizations, attend meetings, and make as many friends as possible. To her, building relationships with people in the College has allowed her to thrive.
Courtney Gilmore is a senior majoring in sport management. From Greenville, South Carolina, she loves how the College is one big family regardless of major. She says students should put themselves out there to make new friends and try new things.
From Stockbridge, Georgia, Jasmine Gresham is a fourth-year health and physical education major. She enjoys the community the College fosters and says to read the emails 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.
Matthew Gustafson is a fourth-year social studies education student from Alpharetta, Georgia. His advice to new students is to keep trying new things even if you feel lost. Eventually, you’ll find your home away from home. He appreciates the College’s professors and his peers who have a deep passion for education.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Carley Hale is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major. She loves that the College supports the community and that the professors have a desire to connect with students. Her advice to incoming students is to get involved in organizations that peak their interest.
Ella Hardeman is a fourth-year student majoring in social studies education from Tallapoosa, Georgia. She loves the people she’s met in the College as they’ve all been open-minded, eloquent, and kind. Her advice to new students is to take advantage of all the resources available in the College.
Tess Hearons is a junior studying communication sciences and disorders from St. Simons Island, Georgia. Her favorite thing about the College is the diversity of majors and career paths available to students. She advises students to say “yes” to the many opportunities the College offers.
Lytzy Hernandez is a third-year student studying exercise and sport science from Dahlonega, Georgia. She loves how the College is comprised of future educators ready to make a change. She says it’s important that new students prioritize their mental health and ensure they maintain a healthy workload balance.
Maggie Hill is from Commerce, Georgia. She is a third-year student studying communication sciences and disorders. She says it’s important for students to prioritize their happiness. She loves the community in the College because it makes a big school feel a lot smaller.
From Decatur, Georgia, Gabrielle Huff is a third-year student studying sport management. She says new students should get involved in things outside of their comfort zone and to make the most of their experience on UGA’s campus.
From Alpharetta, Georgia, Eli Jones is a fourth-year science education major. He loves how accessible the College’s professors are and their willingness to adapt teaching styles depending on the class. His advice to new students is to relax when they can and always chart their own path at UGA.
From Augusta, Georgia, Grace Jones is a third-year student studying sport management. She says students should embrace the natural flow of college. Her favorite part about the College of Education is the sense of community it fosters.
From Raleigh, North Carolina, Grace Ledford is a third-year communication sciences and disorders major. Being able to connect with professors and have a strong support system have allowed her to thrive as a College of Education student. She also loves that she’s met some of her closest friends in her classes in the College.
From Lilburn, Georgia, Meagan Lee is a third-year exercise and sport science major. She says students should stay true to themselves when finding their rightful path. She loves how welcoming the College is to all students, as well as the constant support she receives from her peers, faculty, and staff.
From Roswell, Georgia, Ashley Mack is a third-year student studying middle grades education. Her best advice is for students to try new things. She loves how the College makes a big campus feel smaller and how professors know students by name.
Katie Madden is a fourth-year elementary education major from Alpharetta, Georgia. She appreciates the small class sizes and close friendships she’s formed in the College. She advises newcomers to say “yes” as much as possible to new opportunities on campus.
From Atlanta, Georgia, Alejandro Marin is a senior studying sport management. He encourages students to step outside their comfort zones and take advantage of all of the amazing clubs and groups that UGA offers. He says that although sport management is different than other majors in the College, he loves how welcoming everyone is.
From Watkinsville, Georgia, Ansley McClain is a senior majoring in sport management. She likes how warm and welcoming the College is, and her advice to newcomers is to not be afraid to ask strangers to grab coffee.
From Savannah, Georgia, Emilie McCumbers is a fourth-year student studying special education. She says students should get involved on campus and investigate every opportunity that arises. She loves that the College creates a sense of community and belonging for all students.
Maddie Miller is a fourth-year elementary education major from Augusta, Georgia. She loves the team spirit in the College of Education. Her advisors and mentors have allowed her to thrive and succeed. Miller’s advice to newcomers is to always ask for help and to get to know their professors.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Ney Mungin will graduate in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education. She loves the family feel the College provides and the leadership skills she’s learned as a student ambassador. Her advice to newcomers is to never compare themselves to others.
Emilee Newsome is a fourth-year student studying elementary education from Dublin, Georgia. She loves the College’s willingness to make all students feel seen and valued. She says the faculty and staff have made her feel valued and supported since her arrival at UGA.
From Ponte Vedra, Florida, Anna Grace Pahlow is a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders. She says students should strive to craft and maintain a balanced schedule during their first semester at UGA. She enjoys being in the College because she always feels welcomed, supported, and encouraged by both her professors and peers.
Cydney Parsons is a junior studying sport management from Jonesboro, Georgia. She values the legacy of greatness and courage that Mary Frances Early, the first African American student to graduate from UGA, left for students. She says newcomers should step outside their comfort zone and try new things.
From Dothan, Alabama, Camille Pitchford is a fourth-year student studying exercise and sport science. She loves the College’s community and all the people who make her feel at home. She advises newcomers to find balance as college is filled with constant decisions.
From Cartersville, Georgia, Linsey Radford is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major. She says all students should seize opportunities and prioritize their mental health. She loves that the College provides a diverse and inclusive community of professors, advisors, and faculty who ensure students have the support they need to thrive.
From Peachtree Corners, Georgia, Caitlin Reed is a fourth-year student majoring in exercise and sport science and minoring in nutritional sciences. Since freshman year, Reed has actively engaged in organizational work, building friendships, and attending classes that reflect her passion. She loves that the College offers hands-on learning experiences that prepare students for future work in clinical settings.
Ellie Shaffer is a fourth-year mathematics education major from Alpharetta, Georgia. Her advice to newcomers is to find a sweet spot between fun time and school time. She loves the College’s students, faculty, and staff who push her to be the best student and educator she can be.
From, Mashpee, Massachusetts, Remi Shea is a fourth-year student majoring in communication sciences and disorders. She says the College is a welcoming and accepting community that always puts students first, no matter the situation. Her advice is to be careful not to take all the little moments and opportunities for granted.
From Powder Springs, Georgia, Mackenzie Sinon is a fourth-year Double Dawg majoring in middle grades education. She says the College always makes her feel welcomed and supported. Her advice to newcomers is to get out of their comfort zone and explore new passions.
Carmen Smith is a fourth-year elementary education major from Chickamauga, Georgia. She loves how the College is home to so many different majors. Her biggest piece of advice to students is to take in and enjoy every experience they have because they never know what may happen.
From Duluth, Georgia, Sabrina Somphone is a third-year exercise and sport science major and women’s studies minor. She loves that the College strives to build a more inclusive environment regardless of race, gender, sexuality, class, and more. She thrives on exploring her passions, which, she says, the College has allowed her to do. Her advice to newcomers is to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Sasha Sutcavage is a senior studying communication sciences and disorders from Fayetteville, Georgia. She loves that the College’s professors and students care for and support one another. Her advice to newcomers is to not be afraid to talk to people in their classes and to build their own community.
From Cumming, Georgia, Leo Swanger is a senior studying exercise and sport science. He enjoys being in the College because everyone he’s met has been welcoming and willing to help. He says new students should not be afraid of trying new things or new experiences.
Daelyn Turner is a senior majoring in English and English education from Stone Mountain, Georgia. She loves the culture in the College and the diversity of majors available. Her advice to new students is to not be afraid of trying new things outside of their comfort zones since that’s when true growth happens.
Rylee Wallace is a senior in elementary education from Loganville, Georgia. She loves the community in the College and advises new students to enjoy every second they spend with their friends because they will become a fantastic support system.
Claire Weathers is a fourth-year communication sciences and disorders major from Woodstock, Georgia. She loves how students in the College devote their lives to helping others and says students should be their authentic selves and not be afraid to try new things.
LeDajah Williams is a junior studying elementary education from Auburn, Georgia. She loves that the College’s faculty and staff want to see everyone succeed, and her advice to new students is to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to them.
Born in Cartersville, Georgia, Khase Willis is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major. He loves the variety of majors in the College and advises new students to not be afraid of meeting new people.
Claire Wilson is a third-year exercise and sport science major from Peachtree City, Georgia. She loves the College because of its welcoming feeling, unity, and sense of inclusion. She says students should always ask questions whether it be around campus or in class.
From Winder, Georgia, Chloe Wise is a senior majoring in communication sciences and special education. She enjoys the College’s inclusive efforts and drive for diversity. Her advice to incoming students is to always ask for help when needed.
From Marietta, Georgia, Anna Wynne is a second-year student majoring in social studies education. She says students should strive to integrate their passions into everything they do. Wynne enjoys being a part of the College because of the commitment each person has to never stop learning.