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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

Applications for 2022-2023 will open in January 2022

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 Monica Bedgood

Monica Bedgood

From Nahunta, Georgia, Monica Bedgood is a senior 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 Jalen Burton

Jalen Burton

From Hartwell, Georgia, Jalen Burton is a fourth-year student studying early childhood education. He loves the diverse and inclusive community provided by the College. His advice to newcomers is to step outside your comfort zone and be involved in what you're passionate about!

Portrait of Alex Chisholm

Alex Chisholm

Alex Chisholm is a doctoral student studying education theory and practice from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He says the warm, caring people in the College has made for a pleasurable experience. His advice to incoming students is to plan, prioritize, and make your time at UGA purposeful.

Portrait of Caroline Davie

Caroline Davie

Caroline Davie is a third-year mathematics and mathematics education major from Roswell, Georgia. Her advice to newcomers is to pay close attention to what sparks your passion and interests and to join organizations that prepare you for the future, allow service learning, and connect with people who have similar interests. She loves that the College feels like a family, regardless of its diverse majors.

Portrait of Marques Dexter

Marques Dexter

From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marques Dexter is a fifth-year doctoral student studying sport management and policy. He loves the diversity of programs in the College and the positive energy of all students, staff, and professors. His advice to new students is know yourself, trust yourself, and remember this is your journey!

Portrait of Madison Drummond

Madison Drummond

From Appling, Georgia, Madison Drummond is a senior majoring in sport management and advertising. She loves the diversity of majors and opportunities the College offers. What's allowed her to thrive during her time at UGA is the endless support from faculty and staff.

Portrait of Julie Catherine Dunavant

Julie Catherine Dunavant

Julie Catherine Dunavant is a second-year Double Dawg studying special education from Suwanee, Georgia. She loves the Double Dawgs program, which allows her to receive a bachelors and master's degree in five years or less. She advises newcomers to get to know their professors outside of class and become comfortable with office hours.

Portrait of Mary Lyn Dyer

Mary Lyn Dyer

From Monroe, Georgia, Mary Lyn Dyer is a junior 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 the people in the College has allowed her to thrive.

Portrait of Allie Forand

Allie Forand

Originally from East Providence, Rhode Island, Allie Forand is a senior 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 Amari Fortson

Amari Fortson

Born in Elberton, Georgia, Amari Fortson is a fourth-year special education major. She loves that the College is named in honor of the first African American student to graduate from UGA, Mary Frances Early. Her advice to new students is to always ask questions and reach out to people in times of need.

Portrait of Kaitlyn Gallagher

Kaitlyn Gallagher

From Blairsville, Georgia, Kaitlyn Gallagher is a fourth-year student studying communication sciences and disorders and interdisciplinary studies. She enjoys the diverse majors the College offers and the commitment faculty and staff have to improving education. Her advice to incoming students is to take care of your physical and mental health.

Portrait of Anna Gentry

Anna Gentry

Anna Gentry is a fourth-year student studying elementary 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 fourth-year Double Dawg in special education 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 Trevyn Gray

Trevyn Gray

Trevyn Gray is a third-year math education major from Americus, Georgia. He says the community at the College of Education is always welcoming and makes him feel at home. The support from the faculty, staff, and ambassadors and the abundance of resources at the College have allowed him to thrive.

Portrait of Jasmine Gresham

Jasmine Gresham

From Stockbridge, Georgia, Jasmine Gresham is a third-year health and physical education major. She enjoys the community the College of Education 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.

Portrait of Sarah Gries

Sarah Gries

From Peachtree Corners, Georgia, Sarah Gries is a fourth-year elementary education major. She enjoys the tight knit community the College offers and the helpful professors and advisors. Her advice to new students it to meet as many new people as you can.

Portrait of Matthew Gustafson

Matthew Gustafson

Matthew Gustafson is a third-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 enjoys the College of Education's professors and peers of who have a deep passion for education.

Portrait of Alayna Guthrie

Alayna Guthrie

From Stone Mountain, Georgia, Alayna Guthrie is a fourth-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 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 Carley Hale

Carley Hale

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Carley Hale is a third-year exercise and sport science major. She loves that the College supports the needs of the communities it works with 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.

Portrait of Ella Hardeman

Ella Hardeman

Ella Hardeman is a third-year student majoring in social studies education from Tallapoosa, Georgia. She loves the people she's met in the College and says all have been open-minded, eloquent, and kind. Her advice to new students is to take advantage of all the resources available in the College.

Portrait of Jordan Hoffman

Jordan Hoffman

Born in Gainesville, Georgia, Jordan Hoffman is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major. She enjoys the diverse community of passionate people in the College, as well as the countless resources and support from faculty and staff who have allowed her to thrive.

Portrait of Olivia Incorvaia

Olivia Incorvaia

From Cumming, Georgia, Olivia Incorvaia is a fourth-year Double Dawg majoring in elementary education. She says her cohort allows her to thrive in the College and that they have become her support group, confidants, advocates, and close friends. Her advice to incoming freshman is to explore all of their interests and don't be afraid to try new things.

Portrait of Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson

From Carrollton, Georgia, Kimberly Johnson is a fourth-year student majoring in middle grades education with a minor in Spanish. She loves the sense of belonging the College provides and says the professors genuinely care about their students. Her advice to newcomers is to never miss class, never miss a Saturday in Athens, and enjoy the dining hall while you can!

Portrait of Eli Jones

Eli Jones

From Alpharetta, Georgia, Eli Jones is a third-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 you can and always chart your own path at UGA.

Portrait of Chandler LeCroy

Chandler LeCroy

Originally from Toccoa, Georgia, Chandler LeCroy is a second-year sport management and policy graduate student. 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 Grace Ledford

Grace Ledford

From Raleigh, North Carolina, Grace Ledford is a second-year communication sciences and disorders major. The relationships with her professors and 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.

Portrait of Kaitlyn Lester

Kaitlyn Lester

Kaitlyn Lester is a senior from Columbus, Georgia studying communication sciences and disorders. She loves the community the College offers and the friends she's made during her time here. Her advice to incoming students is to reach beyond their comfort zone and get involved in campus activities.

Portrait of Kathryn Madden

Kathryn Madden

Kathryn Madden is a third-year elementary education major from Alpharetta, Georgia. She enjoys the small class sizes and close friendships she formed in the College. She advises newcomers to say "yes" as much as possible to new opportunities on campus.

Portrait of Ansley McClain

Ansley McClain

From Watkinsville, Georgia, Ansley McClain is a fourth-year student majoring in sport management. She enjoys the College's intention to be warm and welcoming. Her advice to newcomers is to not be afraid to ask a stranger to grab coffee!

Portrait of Anna Grace McCurley

Anna Grace McCurley

From Hartwell, Georgia, Anna Grace McCurley is a senior 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 fourth-year student majoring in mathematics education and minoring in sports management. She says the College of Education prepares more than just future educators and enjoys the diverse group of students, faculty, and staff. Her words of wisdom to incoming freshmen is to manage their free time productively.

Portrait of Maddie Miller

Maddie Miller

Maddie Miller is a third-year elementary education major from Augusta, Georgia. She loves the team spirit the College of Education possesses. She says the advisors and mentors have allowed her to thrive and succeed at the College. Her advice to newcomers is to always ask for help and get to know your professors.

Portrait of Ney Mungin

Ney Mungin

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 yourself to others.

Portrait of Lisa Neary

Lisa Neary

Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Lisa Neary is a fourth-year student 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 Emilee Newsome

Emilee Newsome

Emilee Newsome is a third-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.

Portrait of Kelley Ngo

Kelley Ngo

From Alpharetta, Georgia, Kelley Ngo is a fourth-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 Emily Nord

Emily Nord

Born in Alpharetta, Georgia, Emily Nord is a master's student majoring in middle grades education with a certificate in education law and policy. Her advice to incoming freshman is to take the opportunity to do field work. Nord loves that she is still close with her undergraduate cohort.

Portrait of Princess Osibodu

Princess Osibodu

From Conyers, Georgia, Princess Osibodu is a third-year communication sciences and disorders and linguistics double major and a TESOL minor. She feels at home walking in Aderhold Hall and enjoys the abundance of resources available in the College, 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 Camille Pitchford

Camille Pitchford

Camille Pitchford is a third-year student from Dothan, Alabama studying exercise and sport science. She loves the College community and all of the people who have made her feel at home. She advises newcomers to find their balance as college is filled with constant decisions.

Portrait of Caitlin Reed

Caitlin Reed

From Peachtree Corners, Georgia, Caitlin Reed is a third-year student majoring in exercise and sport science and minoring in nutritional sciences. Since freshman year, Reed has actively engaged in organizational work, friendships, and classes that reflect her passion. She loves that the College offers hands-on learning experiences to prepare for future work in clinical settings.

Portrait of Megan Robison

Megan Robison

Megan Robison is a fourth-year student studying health and physical education from Dacula, Georgia. She loves that the faculty, staff, and students in the College are welcoming and always willing to lend a hand. Her advice to newcomers is to put yourself out there and try new things!

Portrait of Sam Roy

Sam Roy

From Lawrenceville, Georgia, Sam Roy is a fifth-year exercise and sport science major. He loves the College because of its wide array of majors and the tools that set him up for success. He says the Ramsey Student Center is a great place to relieve stress. His advice to incoming students is to stay ahead of school work.

Portrait of Sam Schonhardt

Sam Schonhardt

From Hilliard, Ohio, Sam Schonhardt is a fourth-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 Ellie Shaffer

Ellie Shaffer

Ellie Shaffer is a third-year mathematics education major from Alpharetta, Georgia. Her advice to newcomers is to find the sweet spot between time for fun and time for school. She loves the College's students, faculty, and staff who push her to be the best student and educator she can be.

Portrait of Mackenzie Sinon

Mackenzie Sinon

From Powder Springs, Georgia, Mackenzie Sinon is a second-year middle grades education Double Dawg. She says the College has always made her feel welcomed and supported. Her advice to newcomers is to get out of their comfort zone and explore new passions.

Portrait of Landry Solomon

Landry Solomon

Landry Solomon is a junior from Douglasville, Georgia studying exercise and sport science. What's allowed her to thrive at the College is the vast amount of resources offered and the tutoring services. Her advice to new students is to push through freshman year—it gets better!

Portrait of Sabrina Somphone

Sabrina Somphone

From Duluth, Georgia, Sabrina Somphone is a second-year exercise and sport science major and women's studies minor. She loves that the College of Education 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!

Portrait of Emma Story

Emma Story

Emma Story is a third-year Double Dawg studying elementary education from Loganville, Georgia. She loves the professors at the College and the welcoming atmosphere. Her advice to newcomers is to maintain quality communication and sustain your mental health. She says being exposed to new and innovative practices and ideas has allowed her to thrive.

Portrait of Katie Story

Katie Story

From Loganville, Georgia, Katie Story is a senior studying middle grades education. She loves the sense of community at the College and the friends she's made through the ambassador program and her cohort. Her advice to new students is to say "yes" to everything.

Portrait of Teresa Tran

Teresa Tran

Teresa Tran is a fourth-year student from Lawrenceville, Georgia triple majoring in English, English education, and women's 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 not to overextend. Balance is key.

Portrait of Daelyn Turner

Daelyn Turner

Daelyn Turner is a junior 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 is when true growth happens.

Portrait of Cameron Walsh

Cameron Walsh

Cameron Walsh is a fourth-year English and English education major from Macon, Georgia. She feels that students in the College of Education are uniquely passionate about their career paths 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 fourth-year student in elementary education. Watson says being in a college where he can learn alongside students on various career paths is truly awe-inspiring. Also, incoming freshmen should sign up for clubs they are interested in!

Portrait of Hayley Williams

Hayley Williams

From Suwannee, Georgia, Haley Williams is a fourth-year special education major. She loves the vast amount of resources the College of Education provides for students and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's constant effort to improve the College for all people. Her advice to incoming freshman is to seize opportunities.

Portrait of Khase Willis

Khase Willis

Born in Cartersville, Georgia, Khase Willis is a third-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.

Portrait of Chloe Wise

Chloe Wise

From Winder, Georgia, Chloe Wise is a junior majoring in communication sciences and special education. She enjoys the College's inclusive efforts and drive for diversity. Her advice for incoming students is to always ask for help when needed.