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Meet Our Ambassadors

College of Education Ambassadors are selected through an application process. They serve as mentors and guides for current and prospective students, as well as participants at College of Education activities and alumni events.

If you would like to shadow an ambassador to get to know them, ask questions about teacher education, and attend class with them, click here and complete the registration form. We will be happy to arrange it for you.

Jordan Binion

Jordan Binion

E-mail: binion@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Mishawaka, IN
High School: Penn High School
Student Organizations: Purdue ASL Club, X Works Dance Company, S.E.E.D., Learning Community Ambassador, Campus Crusade for Christ
Why did I choose teaching as a career? I chose teaching as a career because my teachers had such a large impact on my life.  They made school something to look forward to and made learning enjoyable.  My teachers became my heroes.  Teaching offers me the opportunity to inspire students every day and make a difference in the world around me.  As a teacher, I hope to challenge my students to great heights, teach them that learning is fun and rewarding, and help them discover their potential.

Meredith Chernesky

Meredith Chernesky

E-mail: mchernes@purdue.edu
Major: Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
High School: Glenbard West
Student Organizations: Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, PUDM Fundraising Committee, BGR Team Leader for BGR 2012
Why did you choose Purdue University? I chose Purdue because I wanted a big university with sports and different activities to participate in. I liked that Purdue wasn't too far away from my home, and that I could go home on the weekends. Out of all the colleges I looked at, Purdue seemed to have the strongest Education program. I liked that you were admitted into the program your freshman year and started taking Education classes and got into the classroom right away. Also, whenever I visited Purdue I really liked all of the students and staff that I met.

Lexie Costa

Lexie Costa

E-mail: costa0@purdue.edu
Major: Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown: Lindenhurst, IL
High School: Lakes Community
Student Organizations: Purdue Golduster Dance Team, Miss Purdue University Scholarship Pageant, Alpha Phi Sorority
Why did you choose Purdue University? One of my greatest role models is a girl four years older than me who went to my high school and also went to Purdue.  She was extremely enthusiastic about Purdue and had a positive experience as a student and as a member of the Golduster Dance Team.  She encouraged me to look at Purdue and this dance team.  Since we are very similar, I knew that my experience at Purdue would be just as rewarding.  After receiving Purdue’s Presidential Scholarship, I accepted my offer of admission and also earned a spot on the Goldusters.  The best decision I have ever made in my life was choosing Purdue!

Danielle Ferreira

Dani Ferreira

E-mail: dferreir@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: East Chicago, IN
High School: E.C. Central
Student Organizations: Delta Phi Mu Sorority, S.E.E.D., Purdue Promise
Why did you choose teaching as a career? I chose teaching as a career so I can help create our future leaders. I love kids and want the best for them. I want them to know there is more to life past elementary school. I come from a neighborhood where higher education isn't enforced as it should be. I want all kids to attend college to enhance their future career opportunities.

Tanner Givens

Tanner Givens

E-mail: givens2@purdue.edu
Major: Social Studies Education
Hometown: Westfield, IN
High School: Westfield High School
Student Organizations: Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma, PASE, Hussar Club, PSEA
Why did you choose Purdue University? Right from my first visit to Purdue, I knew that it was the right fit for me. I love being busy, and Purdue really offers a huge range of organizations to join and things to do. There are tons of options for food, entertainment, and people to be friends with, which really suits me. The university allows flexibility within my class schedule, but still has a great framework, so I know that the classes I am taking will really benefit me. Purdue is close to home and not too expensive in price, so it really just had everything I was looking for in a college. Looking back now, I know that Purdue was the perfect choice.

Matt Gouwens

Matt Gouwens

E-mail: mgouwens@purdue.edu
Major: Social Studies Education
Hometown: Orland Park, IL
High School: Carl Sandburg High School
Student Organizations: PSEA, Purdue Paintball Club
Why did I choose teaching as a career? I chose teaching as a career because I want to do something that I will love to wake up and do every day of my life. Teaching for me is the perfect mixture of fun and responsibility. I enjoy helping make a difference in students’ lives, but I also enjoy having fun.

Rebecca Huckstep

Rebecca Huckstep

E-mail: rhuckste@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Carmel, IN
High School: Carmel High School
Student Organizations: Campus House activities, Intramurals
Why did you choose Purdue University? The biggest reason I chose Purdue University was because I found it to be a place  where I am comfortable. The campus is beautiful and there are many ways to get involved to meet new people for a full college experience while outside of classes. All staff I talked to before choosing Purdue were very welcoming and friendly, which also helped to make me feel comfortable. Furthermore, the College of Education provides numerous opportunities that were highly valuable to me. Through this program, I would be able to get more experience in classrooms to implement what I was learning in my own classes.

Shey Irvin

Shey Irvin

E-mail: sirvin@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Crown Point, IN
High School: Andrean High School
Student Organizations: S.E.E.D., PSEA, UNICEF Purdue  
Why did you choose Purdue University? Purdue University is a great college that is close enough, but far enough away from home. I like a big student body atmosphere. Also, Purdue University felt like home when I visited, so it is the right fit for me.
                                                                                                                     

 

Kasey Kaisershot

Kasey Kaisershot

E-mail: kkaisers@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Normal, IL
High School: Normal Community West
Student Organizations: PSEA, Boiler Gold Rush team leader, St. Tom’s Life Guides, PUDM
Why did you choose Purdue University? I knew I wanted to attend Purdue early on because of how welcomed I felt each time I visited. I saw that the College of Education has an outstanding program, and everyone within it wants to assist me in any way to help me succeed. Also, since it is such a big school, there are so many opportunities offered to you! I’ve met so many wonderful people here and been able to do so many awesome things…I love it! Boiler up!

Lindsey Kotynski

Lindsey Kotynski

E-mail: lkotynsk@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Highland, IN
High School: Illiana Christian
Student Organizations: Campus Crusaders for Christ, Ayuda y Aprende
Why did you choose Purdue University? I chose Purdue University because when I visited, I felt at home. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, and I could picture myself here. I know that Purdue is a great school, and I love the school spirit. Overall, it just seemed like the right fit for me, and it is!

 

Josephine Leu

Josephine Leu

E-mail: jleu@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: San Ramon, CA
High School: California High School
Student Organizations: Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship
Why did you choose Purdue University? I chose Purdue University because its College of Education and the staff not only teach me material and information, but they also strive to help me reach my goals.  The school itself is a great school. I love how there is a Big Ten feeling from Purdue University, but it also makes me feel comfortable and safe because we are a close-knit school. Another reason why I chose Purdue as my top choice for schools is because help is always available. Professors, advisors, and teacher assistants always take their time to help students and to make sure the students are meeting their educational goals. I think that is one of the most important factors in a university.

Katie McShane

Katie McShane

E-mail: mcshane@purdue.edu
Major: Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown: Round Lake Beach, IL
High School: Grayslake North High School
Student Organizations: All-American Marching Band, COE Ambassadors, Higher Ground Dance Company, University Honors Program
Why did you choose Purdue University? I really wanted to go to a Big 10 school, but I also wanted to find a great education program that offered many opportunities. Lucky for me, Purdue was both wrapped into one! The Big 10 atmosphere is really unique and creates this campus-wide energy uniting the entire university together. Purdue not only offers the Big 10 environment, but it also offers a dual major with early and frequent field experience. For these reasons (and many more), Purdue was definitely the right choice for me!

Logan Mikesell

Logan Mikesell

E-mail: lmikesel@purdue.edu   
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Zionsville, IN
High School: Zionsville Community
Student Organizations: Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Society, Team Leader for Boiler Gold Rush, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority
Why did you choose Purdue University? I have always been a Purdue fan my whole life, so when it came to choosing a college, Purdue was an easy choice. I love the campus, and Purdue students are always friendly and willing to help another person out. Choosing Purdue was the best decision I have ever made.  I have always known that I want to be a teacher, and I realized how beneficial the education program at Purdue would be on my future teaching career.  Purdue does a fantastic job of getting you into the classroom as early as your second semester of your freshman year. Also, the teachers and advisors are extremely helpful with any questions a student has. I can't imagine myself in any other program at Purdue.

Allie Muhl

Allie Muhl

E-mail: amuhl@purdue.edu
Major: Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
High School: Lawrence Central
Student Organizations: Go Kids!, College Access Advocate, COE Ambassador, Campus House
Why did you choose Purdue University? After my Purdue campus visit, I was hooked. It's such a huge campus full of great organizations, opportunities, and people that make you feel at home. The College of Education is stellar, and I was excited to get early classroom experience and get involved in study abroad.

Tori Mumaw

Tori Mumaw

E-mail: vmumaw@purdue.edu 
Major: Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown: Noblesville, IN
High School: Noblesville High School
Student Organizations: Group X–Purdue Co-Rec, PUDM
Why did you choose teaching as a career? I have a passion for helping children meet their needs. I feel that we all have a purpose in life, and mine is to impact a child’s life in some way. Seeing the smile on a child’s face when he or she succeeds gives me an overwhelming feeling of joy, from which I cannot stray.

Kaitlyn Murray

Kaitlyn Murray

E-mail: murray46@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
High School: Lawrence Central
Student Organizations: Colleges Against Cancer, Campus House Community Groups, floor Senator in residence hall, entertainment committee on PUDM, BGR Team Leader
Why did you choose teaching as a career? I love working with kids and the lit up face a child gets when he or she finally understands a concept in the lesson. I know that it will be a challenge (and I would absolutely love to take it on) to be able to be a role model and change a child's outlook on education.

Sarah Nading

Sarah Nading

E-mail: snading@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Westfield, IN
High School: Westfield High School
Student Organizations: Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, COE Ambassador
Why did you choose teaching as a career? I have always had a passion for working with little kids and their innocent enthusiasm towards life. Children are inspiring in so many ways, and to be able to work with them and learn from them as I serve as their guide is what I have always imagined myself doing. Becoming a teacher will not only allow me to provide the kids with knowledge, but will also give me the opportunity to encourage their dreams and their creative minds. I hope to make a difference in the lives of those who will be the leaders of future generations.

Claire Panebianco

Claire Panebianco

E-mail: jpanebia@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Houston, TX
High School: St. Agnes Academy
Student Organizations: Zeta Tau Alpha (Community Service Chair, Recruitment Assistant), College Mentors for Kids, PUDM
Why did you choose Purdue University? Purdue provides a wonderful, spirited, Big 10 school and a curriculum for Elementary Education that I love.  As soon as I set foot on campus, I felt like I had found the perfect place for me to spend the next four years.  I’m lucky to be able to take part in such an amazing Education program and have so many of the opportunities that a Big 10 school offers.

Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez

E-mail: rodrig98@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Lafayette, IN
High School: Lafayette Jefferson High School
Student Organizations: Purdue Promise
Why did you choose teaching as a career? I have wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a child. I had a few teachers who had a huge impact on my life, and I have always wanted to have that effect on others.

Brad Schlotter

Brad Schlotter

E-mail: schlotte@purdue.edu 
Major: Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown: Fishers, IN
High School: Fishers High School
Student Organizations: Boiler Gold Rush, Purdue University Dance Marathon, PSEA
Why did I choose teaching as a career? I chose teaching because I truly feel like it is the most fulfilling thing I can do with my life.  I want to know that I am making a difference in the world, and teaching gives me the ability to do just that. I also love how teaching allows me to constantly learn and grow as a professional and as a person.

Nate Smock

Nate Smock

E-mail: nsmock@purdue.edu
Major: Social Studies Education
Hometown: Portage, IN
High School: Portage High School
Student Organizations: Beta Sigma Psi, Purdue Jazz Band, Purdue Jazz Combo, COE Ambassadors
Why did you choose Purdue University? I have always loved Purdue.  I grew up a huge Purdue fan because my dad attended here.  The campus is great, and there are so many great people here.  There is no other university that I would choose over Purdue.

Kelsey Stummer

Kelsey Stummer

E-mail: kstummer@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Aurora, OH
High School: Aurora High School
Student Organizations: Colleges Against Cancer, Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma, Secretary of PSEA
Why did you choose Purdue University? I chose Purdue partially because of its great elementary education program and its College of Education.  I love that you are able to be in the classroom as early as your freshman year, and that you spend six semesters in the classroom.  Also, Indiana has elementary teacher licensure for grades K-6, whereas other states on license elementary teachers for grades K-4.  Finally, I picked Purdue because I love the campus and the atmosphere.  Everyone is very warm and friendly, and I just feel that it is somewhere I can see myself being at home for the next four years.  And so far, I have been proven right!

Rebekah Thomas

Rebekah Thomas

E-mail: thoma245@purdue.edu
Major: Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown: Lafayette, IN
High School: Home-schooled
Student Organizations: Golden Key International Honour Society, Campus Bridge, COE Ambassador, Writing Lab tutor                                              Why did you choose Purdue University? I really liked the atmosphere here on campus. I was also really impressed by the level of excellence each Education program has, and I felt the coursework would actually help prepare me for teaching. The early TIP experience Purdue provides was also a major factor in choosing Purdue over other universities.