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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.

Monerah Al-Dubayan

Monerah Al-Dubayan

E-mail: maldubay@purdue.edu
Major:
Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown:
Saudi Arabia
High School:
Dhahran High School
Student Organizations:
Muslim Student Association, College Mentors for Kids, Boiler Out!
Why did you choose teaching as a career?
I want to be able to give my home country what it needs-excellent education, particularly for those with special needs. I love to help others and I love working with kids, so teaching seemed like my best option for a career.

 

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!

Lia DelPrete

E-mail:
Major:
Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown:
Mishawaka, IN
High School:
Marian High School
Student Organizations:
All for Autism and Church ministries

Kayla Dunbar

Kayla Dunbar

E-mail: dunbark@purdue.edu
Major:
Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown:
LaPorte, IN
High School:
LaPorte High School
Student Organizations:
Best Buddies, Purdue Student Education Council
Why did you choose Purdue University?
Purdue is a great school, in my biased opinion. I chose Purdue over other universities because of the immediate immersion into the classroom. Purdue starts experience early, and there is a great support system at Purdue with the helpful advisors and resources, such as the Technology Resource Center.

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.

Jacob Goedde

E-mail:
Major:
Elementary Education
Hometown: Wadesville, IN
High School:
North Posey High School
Student Organizations:
Purdue Student Government-Senator, College of Education; Students in Education Enhancing Diversity (S.E.E.D.)

Kacy Gorin

E-mail:
Major:
Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown: Carmel, IN
High School:
Carmel High School
Student Organizations:
BGR Team Leader, Chi Omega Sorority, PUDM

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.

Emily Grasso

Emily Grasso

E-mail: egrasso@purdue.edu
Major: Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown: Fishers, IN
High School: Hamilton Southeastern High School
Student Organizations: PMO Choir, Cru Christian Organization
Why did you choose teaching as a career? I love working with people, especially young children.  The main reason I chose to go into education was because of my high school U.S. history teacher.  She made a huge impact on my life, and I realized that I also wanted to have that effect on students and make an impact on their lives, just as my history teacher had on mine.

Joshua Hart

E-mail:
Major:
Social Studies Education
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
High School:
Perry Meridian High School
Student Organizations:
Purdue CORPS

Morgan Horn

Morgan Horn

E-mail: horn20@purdue.edu
Major:
Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown:
Fishers, IN
High School:
Fishers High School
Student Organizations:
Hussars Club, Relay for Life, Helping Hands
Why did you choose teaching as a career?
I chose teaching because I love children. When I look at a teacher, I see them as being a role model for the students that they teach. I love to watch students grow in school, and in their lives as well. I hope to be a part of that.

 

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!

Kyley Kamman

Kyley Kamman

E-mail: kammank@purdue.edu
Major:
Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown:
Columbus, IN
High School:
Columbus East High School
Student Organizations:
Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, PASE
Why did you choose teaching as a career?
Teachers throughout my time in school. I always knew that I wanted to become a teacher to be able to share my passion for learning. I hope to have a strong influence on my future students, just like they did on me. I chose a focus of Special Education because I have a family member with special needs, and I know that I can share my love and compassion for him with other students like him.

Alaina Keene

Alaina Keene

E-mail: akeene@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Richmond, IN
High School: Richmond High School
Student Organizations: Campus House Community Group leader, junior and senior high youth group leader at Trinity United Methodist Church
Why did you choose teaching as a career? I have always loved working with kids and want to be a person who can make a difference in someone’s life. Some kids don’t have a supportive adult at home who believes that they could be successful and helps them get there, and through teaching I can be that person for many kids.

Erin Kelley

Erin Kelley

E-mail: kelley57@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Naperville, IL
High School: Neuqua Valley High School
Student Organizations: Purdue University Choir, Zeta Tau Alpha, BGR Team Leader, PSEA
Why did you choose Purdue University? I chose the Teacher Education program at Purdue because it offers the most experience in real classrooms. After a long college search at many universities, I found Purdue to have professors that cared, advisors that were helpful, and plenty of experience teaching in classrooms. After my first year, I’m confident that Purdue has the best teacher education program to fit future educators' needs.

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!

 

Brittan Leonardo

Brittan Leonardo

E-mail: leonarb@purdue.edu
Major: Social Studies Education
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
High School: Franklin Central High School
Student Organizations: Boiler Gold Rush, Phi Mu Fraternity
Why did you choose Purdue University? Purdue has so many organizations, clubs, advisors, and seminars to help train future teachers, that I know I will be ready to handle my future classroom, as well as be desired by future employers. Also, the advisors and professional staff of the College of Education developed a friendly and family-like atmosphere, that I knew I would excel.

Trinette Lopez

E-mail:
Major:
Elementary Education
Hometown: Skokie, IL
High School:
Niles North High School
Student Organizations:
College Mentors for Kids, Aprendiendo A Leer Program, Students in Education Enhancing Diversity (S.E.E.D.), Purdue Student Education Council

Annette Madren

Annette Madren

E-mail: kmadren@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
High School: Franklin Central High School
Student Organizations: Resident Assistant, PMO Choir
Why did you choose teaching as a career? I chose teaching as my lifelong career because teaching is a passion of mine. I love being able to help others discover a new world through learning and education. Nothing brings me more joy than working with a student and watching them progress and become excited about new material and concepts. As an educator, I will be able to instill a lifelong love of learning and help children discover their passions, and those things are so important to each individual’s life.

Gianna Mesarina

E-mail:
Major:
Elementary Education
Hometown: Hammond, IN
High School:
Whiting High School
Student Organizations:
Students in Education Enhancing Diversity (S.E.E.D.), Purdue Student Education Association (PSEA), Boiler Awakening (St. Thomas Aquinas)

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.

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.

Megan O'Brian

E-mail:
Major:
Elementary Education
Hometown: Sammamish, WA
High School:
Skyline High School
Student Organizations:
Purdue Best Buddies

Allison Osborne

E-mail:
Major:
Elementary Education
Hometown: Westfield, IN
High School:
Westfield High School
Student Organizations:
Building Tomorrow, PASE

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.

Josie Parent

E-mail:
Major:
Elementary Education
Hometown: Russellville, IN
High School:
North Putnam High School
Student Organizations:
College Mentors for Kids, Adopt-A-Grandparent

Laine Rader

Laine Rader

E-mail: raderl@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Delphi, IN
High School: Faith Christian School
Student Organizations: Delta Gamma Sorority, Purdue Student Education Association, Navigators
Why did you choose Purdue University? I chose Teacher Education at Purdue University because it is a great program that has a lot to offer. I love that the Teacher Education program at Purdue allows students in the program to get hands-on experience as early as the first semester of their freshman year. The professors in the Teacher Education program at Purdue are also very approachable and easy to work with. Finally, I chose the program at Purdue because I know that it produces highly qualified educators who’s diplomas hold a great deal of value in the work place.

Meagan Randles

E-mail:
Major:
Elementary Education
Hometown: Kokomo, IN
High School:
Tri-Central Community Schools
Student Organizations:
Intramurals, PASE

Samara Reiter

Samara Reiter

E-mail: reiters@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
High School: Homestead High School
Student Organizations: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
Why did you choose Purdue University? I chose the Teacher Education program at Purdue University because it is extremely goal-oriented. During my campus visit it was made very clear to me what the graduates of this program were able to accomplish, as well as the specific ways in which those skills were taught. Additionally, Purdue had the most undergraduate field experiences of any program I applied to. Another great quality of their program is that the content area courses are specifically designed for elementary education majors rather than being typical general education courses offered by other universities.

 

Brittany Riffle

E-mail:
Major:
Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown: Akron, IN
High School:
Tippecanoe Valley High School
Student Organizations:
Ann Tweedale Cooperative House, PUDM

Olivia Schindler

E-mail:
Major:
Elementary Education
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
High School:
W.T. Woodson High School
Student Organizations:
Purdue Honors College, Purdue Panhellenic Association, Associate Vice President of Recruitment, College Mentors for Kids, Chi Omega Sorority, St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Boiler Gold Rush Team Leader

Paige Settle

Paige Settle

E-mail: psettle@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Westfield, IN
High School: N/A
Student Organizations: UNICEF, Building Tomorrow, PCCO, Relay for Life, Lafayette Urban Ministry
Why did you choose teaching as a career? I have always wanted to be a teacher. I want to change kids lives, but more importantly, I want them to change my life.

Ally Stein

E-mail:
Major:
Elementary Education
Hometown: Fishers, IN
High School:
Hamilton Southeastern High School
Student Organizations:
Purdue Student Education Association, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, Kappa Delta Pi, Council for Exceptional Children, Purdue Cheerleading team

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!

Brittany Vanek

Brittany Vanek

E-mail: bvanek@purdue.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Schererville, IN
High School: Lake Central High School
Student Organizations: PASE, Intramural Sports, PUDM-NSO Committee, FIT Project
Why did you choose Purdue University? After visiting Purdue for the first time, I knew it was exactly where I belonged. Purdue’s campus is so close-knit, and it really makes you feel at home. The spirit the Boilermaker’s have is infectious, and I wanted to be a part of that bigger family. I also loved that Purdue’s Teaching Program allows the students to have field experience as early as your first semester. I have not only fallen in love with Purdue, but also with it’s Teacher Education Program, and I couldn’t be happier where I am.

Emily Wilkowski

E-mail:
Major:
Special Education: Mild/Elementary Education
Hometown: Bargersville, IN
High School:
Center Grove High School
Student Organizations:
Study Abroad in Italy, Halftime (Ministry)

Alexis Zhang

E-mail:
Major:
Elementary Education
Hometown: Guangzhou, China
High School:
Tianhe Middle School
Student Organizations:
Purdue Musical Organizations Purdue Bells & All Campus & Community Chorale, Pet-A-Puppy Club, Boiler Gold Rush Team Leader