Dean's Advisory Undergraduate Board

The College of Education Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board represents the voices, concerns, and interests of the diverse undergraduate student body and serves as a direct line of communication between students and College of Education administration in an effort to improve the undergraduate student experience.

The board meets monthly with the dean to lend advice and support on matters of importance to the student body. The board also serves as a representative voice in sharing the hopes and concerns of the students with the dean. Each board member serves as an outreach source to gather student voices and bring them to the table for discussion. The job of the board is to provide a voice for all undergraduate students in the College of Education.

For more information or to get in touch with a board member, please email the board directly or you may also contact the board advisor, Sara Knepper via email as well.

Kirsten Hillig holding certificate

Hi, my name is Kirsten! I am studying Mild to Moderate! Since I was a little kid I wanted to be a teacher but had no idea what I wanted to teach. When I was in high school I volunteered in a special education classroom and fell in love with the students. My favorite memory in the COE is in TLS 480 when we shared our projects at the end of the semester with the students in other 480 classes and were able to see what everyone else had done. I wanted to join the Board so that I could get more involved with the college and connect with other students. I also joined the Board because this is an amazing college and I wanted to ensure that it remains that way. If you need to reach me, you can email me.

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Hi, my name is Alyssa! My majors are Literacy, Learning, and Leadership and Political Science and my minors are Russian and Slavic Studies and French. I have always had a passion for education and helping all students succeed. In the future, I hope to work with educational policy and administration. My favorite thing is to sit and study in the COE; it is quiet, welcoming, and sometimes there are snacks! I wanted to join the Board because it gives me the opportunity to have a voice in my community and give feedback to better the College of Education. If you need to reach me, you can email me.

Haley Haneberg standing in a field of sunflowers

Hi, my name is Haley! I am studying Mild to Moderate! My younger brother has special needs, and for as long as I can remember, I have been volunteering my time working with different organizations he is a part of to assist both himself and other kids in both academic and athletic fields. After continuous enjoyable experiences, I decided that working with those with special needs was a passion of mine, and I've also always wanted to be a teacher. Therefore, it was the perfect path for me to follow! My favorite memory in COE was definitely my first COE meeting!! Everyone was so welcoming and friendly! I wanted to join the COE Advisory Board, because I thought it would be a great way to get more involved within the college, be an advocate for a variety of students, and to also meet more people who have the same major and interests as me! If you need to reach me, you can email me.

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Hi, my name is Drew, I am studying Mild to Moderate. I chose this major because I am passionate about teaching, particularly special education. I always want people to know that when I was a child, I was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome.  This causes me to have physical and (rarely) verbal tics.  If you notice this, that is why! I like the COE because I have enjoyed interacting with peers about curriculum, as well as just keeping in touch and building relationships. I wanted to join the Board because I am always striving to be involved in any way I can.  I desire to play a part in big decisions.  I am always hoping to create connections and interact with new people. If you need to reach me, you can email me.

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Hi, I am Elizabeth! My major is Literacy, Learning, and Leadership and my minor is Educational Psychology. I want to pursue a masters in Higher Education once I graduate May 2021, as majoring in L3 will give me the skills and experience needed to be successful in my graduate studies as well as for when I want to be a Graduate Community Director in the dorms for UArizona Residence Life. When I was an Early Childhood Elementary Education major, I went with my then cohort to the Worlds of Words Center to learn more about it and view the collection of global children's literature. It made me, as a Hispanic woman, proud to know that the COE had this center that promotes a global perspective and gives its visitors a multicultural lens as a way to step out of themselves and appreciate the diversity in not only the world, but here in the local Tucson community as well.  I have not been able to be as involved in the COE in the past three years due to my heavy involvement in Residence Life as a Resident Assistant, as I wanted to ensure that in my final year at the U of A as an undergraduate student, I contribute to the college and can be a voice for all COE students. I am eager to advocate for the amazing students in the COE and along with my fellow board members, to aid faculty and staff in ways to best communicate to students and that their issues and concerns are heard. If you need to reach me, you can email me.

Lily Wexler holding a puppy

Hi my name is Lily, and I am studying Mild to Moderate! I choose this major because I love helping out people who need extra support. It has been a passion of mine for a while. I love to see the smiles on the students faces when you are able to be their advocate. I want to teach students how to overcome their own learning challenges, and share my tips and skills from when I was a student in Special Education and how it helped me succeed to become the well rounded leader that I am today. My favorite event that the COE holds is at Hounds and Hoagies Events. I went my freshman year and It was a great way to de-stress from my school work, and pet some dogs. I met some amazing students there. I really wanted to make sure that every student's voice was heard. I want to advocate for the students who need extra support, or are too shy to share their voices. I want to be the student who has her own learning challenges, and can make sure that other students get what they need to succeed. I want to make sure that all our programs are running the way they should be. If you need to reach me, you can email me.

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Hi my name is Ella! My major is special education and rehabilitation with a minor in anthropology. I wanted to have a major that showed me sides of both special education and rehabilitation services so that regardless of the field I went into, I would have background knowledge to support myself. My favorite memory in the COE is going to basketball games with Project FOCUS students! As the College of Education ASUA Senator, I wanted to make sure that I was involved with student led groups within COE. If you need to reach me, you can email me.

Hi I am Lily! I’ve always had a passion for teaching and wanting to build a foundation for young students. Children are incredibly smart and when given the tools, they can change the world! I want to be that person that helps them and gives them the opportunity to get an education. As my time at U of A wines down, I wanted to be not only more involved with the school, but more involved in this amazing major that has given me the tools to be a great teacher. My cohort and I have gotten so close as we navigate through our last few semesters together and all the time we spent together is something I will treasure forever! Our group chat is always the funniest to read and they are the most supportive group of people ever!  If you need to reach me, you can email me.

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Brennen Feder is a dual-degree in Leadership, Literacy, Learning and business. He currently serves as the ASUA senator for the College of Education, member of the Student Service Fee Advisory Board, and as an Arizona Ambassador. If you need to reach me, you can email me.

Colleen Osborne standing in a vineyard

Hi, my name is Colleen Osborne. My major is Special Education: Mild to Moderate with a minor in English. My expected graduation is in May 2021 and then I plan on pursuing my Masters in Secondary Education and expect to graduate with that in May 2022. I chose Education because I have always wanted to become a teacher, ever since I was little. With that being said, I want to help teach children with disabilities. Being on the Dean’s Advisory Board is important to me because I feel like I am helping the students in CoE and making a difference within. Being a student in the College of Education is amazing. The advisors are the best, no matter what advisor you go to they are there to help you succeed. They are always there for you and are willing to help with everything! If you need to reach me, you can email me.

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Hi, my name is Kyla Beck. I am majoring in Elementary Education K-8 with an ESL endorsement. I plan to graduate in May of 2021. My journey into education started at a young age, as I have always had interest in being a teacher and making a difference in the lives of students. I plan on starting out as a teacher but eventually moving into administration. I am fortunate to be a part of this amazing group, The Dean’s Advisory Board and collaborate with peers and faculty on ways to better the COE. I take pride in being able to be a voice for my peers and help make a difference here in our college. If you need to reach me, you can email me.

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Hi, my name is Abby Adams. I am from Buffalo,NY and am a junior in the College of Education. My major is Special Education with a focus on mild to moderate disabilities. I am expected to graduate in May 2021, and then plan on getting my Masters in Special Education. I chose this major because I have always loved helping children, and working with people with disabilities. Being on the Dean’s Board is very important to me, because I feel I am helping not only myself, but my peers too. This college is so amazing and has helped me adjust to transferring to University of Arizona. Everyone from the advisors to the dean to my classmates are the best. If you need to reach me, you can email me.

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Hello my name is Alex Kellerman. I am a freshman at the University of Arizona majoring in Deaf Studies. I decided to apply for a position on the Dean's Advisory Board once my counselor told me about the opportunity. I have really grown to like being a part of this program because I feel like I am going to be making a difference on what decisions are made within the education department for all of the students that are a part of it. It is also very neat being the only freshman a part of it because I can give an insight that only a first year student can bring to the table. I look forward to seeing what great accomplishments that we can make as a team together. If you need to reach me, you can email me.