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.

Abby Adams Portrait

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. I can be reached at

Eva Ascencio Portrait

Hi, my name is Eva Ascencio, and I am a junior currently pursuing a major in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English as a Second Language. As a first generation college student, the University of Arizona has given me many opportunities to gain experience and connect with other colleagues and faculty. The Undergraduate Dean's Advisory Board has provided me and many other students a voice in the College of Education. I am extremely thankful to have this opportunity along with the support I continue to have through my colleagues, faculties, and advisors. I can be reached at

Kyla Beck Portrait

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. I can be reached at

Wander Becker Portrait

Wanda Becker is a student majoring in Elementary Education K-8 with an ESL endorsement with a graduation date in May 2020.  As a professional teacher, she wants to make a difference in children’s lives.  She believes each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special into this world. She is honored to be a student at the University of Arizona with the College of Education. She feels fortunate to have been asked to be a part of the COE “voices to the Dean of education”. She believes the COE is out to seek the premier education programs for future teachers and educational leaders. As a nontraditional, transfer student out to share and encourage others interested in the COE. She chose the COE main campus because of referrals that she received from prior students. The junior and senior semester at the COE for elementary education has superior distinctive programs that connect methods of teaching with field experience. She can be reached at

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My name is Sydney Catone, I am an Elementary Education Major with an endorsement in English as a Second Language and my perspective graduation date is December 2020. I was an annoying cousin making lesson plans and worksheets when I was about 10 years old and since then I have been so excited to be a teacher. I love to watch little brains learn and expand and question- and to be the facilitator of that is the most rewarding job I can imagine so can not wait to graduate. I am also an ambassador for the College of Education and because of this I have a truly in depth knowledge of how the college works and the different programs we offer. On top of being a full-time, involved college student I work two jobs- one in an after school program at Sunrise Drive Elementary in Catalina Foothills and the other as an after school science teacher with the company BrainStem. I believe that the Dean’s Council should be accessible to everyone with comments, questions, or concerns so I can be reached at

Brennen Feder Portrait

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. He can be reached at

Siena Garcia Portrait

Siena Garcia, my major is Elementary Education with an ESL endorsement and I will be graduating in May of 2020. I was originally drawn to education due to my love of math and wanting to give students confidence in the subject. Once I begun volunteering in classroom and working with students, I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do. Being part of the Dean's Advisory Board has given me a voice in the college. Not only can I give input on my experiences, but can also help share those of my classmates to the head of our college. I believe that the UA's College of Education has been extremely supportive in helping me plan and prepare for my future. As a member of the Dean's Advisory Board, I hope to provide positive change to our college, that will continue to support all COE students. I can be reached at

Alex Kellerman Portrait

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 apart of it. It is also very neat being the only freshman apart 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. I can be reached at

Don Kitch Portrait

Don Sanchez Kitch is a Literacy, Learning, and Leadership major with an expected graduation of 2020. He chose education after spending a semester in Project SOAR and decided that his degree should be of benefit, both personally, and to his community. He is passionate about community building, community education, and equity access programs. He is both a full-time staff member and full-time student at the university and is proud to serve as Chair of the Board. His hope is that this process will provide insightful steps forward as the college develops plans for future growth. He can be reached at

Rena Mendoza Portrait

My name is Rena Mendoza, I am a Literacy, Learning, and Leadership in Education major and my perspective graduation date is this December 2019. My journey into going into education has been a great and interesting story. I have been working at the high school I graduated from for many years (I graduated high school in 2010). I have always had a response from the students and parents. Being able to have students rely on me or parents to help them on their educational journey is the best satisfaction. In being part of this Advisory board, especially as the Vice Chair means that I can bring my own identities into the view of the College of Education. Some type of light into the non-traditional student. The College of Education has been a different experience for me in being part of the University of Arizona. Since I am a Second Start student, and my second experience is in this College. The advisors and directors have been great, very welcoming. They go over and beyond for their students and provide the very best for you. I want to be available for students that I can relate but do not have to, to support them and bring their voice to sight. I can be reached at

Collen Osborne Portrait

Hi, my name is Colleen Osborne. I am a sophomore in the College of Education. My major is Special Education: Mild to Moderate with a minor in Psychology. My expected graduation is in May 2021 and then I plan on pursuing my Masters in Special 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 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! I can be reached at

Sarah Rose Portrait

My name is Sarah Rose and I am currently a senior in the College of Education. I am majoring in Elementary Education with a bilingual endorsement as well as a Spanish minor. I will also be finishing my college career in May 2020 with Honors. I originally joined the College of Education because I wanted to become a teacher for younger students. As my time grew in the major, I have experienced many opportunities to explore my interests and join different organizations on campus that share my values. I have always had a passion for helping the community and inspiring change in growing organizations, which is why I joined the Dean's Advisory Board. This group is a perfect way to promote change within the college as well as connect to others on campus. I look forward to further helping the community and being a leader for undergraduates in Education. I can be reached at

Joseph Sturm Portrait

Joseph Sturm is currently in his Junior year pursuing a dual-degree in Literacy, Learning, and Leadership and Creative Writing. Stemming from his past experiences, he has decided upon a degree in education due to his passion for challenging educational inequities in his community. He enjoys serving on the Dean's Advisory Board as it allows him to create a deeper connection with faculty, while ensuring that the needs of the students in the College of Education are being addressed. Joseph also serves as the President of the College of Education Student Council and enjoys being a voice for student engagement within the college.  He can be reached at