A Student Ambassador for the College of Education (COE) professionally and proudly represents the student perspective of the college to prospective and new students and family, the University of Arizona community, and other groups/organizations as called upon. Ambassadors communicate and present information as needed at various programs and events (e.g., Arizona Experience, Arizona Road Trip, and other recruitment events, career fairs, new student orientation). In exchange, Ambassadors are provided with skill development and leadership opportunities. Being a Student Ambassador is an honor that reflects academic rigor, leadership, and a commitment to higher education. Meet members of our UA College of Education Ambassadors committee below.
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Erin Allen (she/her/hers) was born in Chicago, Illinois, but had the chance to live in many states across the US. She moved to Tucson her freshman year of high school and immediately fell in love with the desert. She decided to stay in Tucson to pursue a degree in Literacy, Learning, and Leadership through the College of Education. To combine her love of teaching with her love of the French language, she's double majoring with LLL and French with plans to become a high school French teacher after graduation. She is also very interested in the non-profit sector of youth education and loves watching youth explore their passions in informal learning settings. In her role as a COE Ambassador, Erin loves talking with and supporting new education majors.
Sujey Benavides (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. After high school, she attended her local community college--Tarrant County College-- and became a military spouse during her time there. Shortly after earning her Associate of Arts, her family was relocated to Davis Monthan Air Force Base. She feels very lucky to have been stationed in Tucson and to have been able to transfer to the University of Arizona. Sujey is completing her program in Literacy, Learning, and Leadership and is passionate about following a career path in higher education. As a first generation, transfer, and military-affiliated student, she looks forward to using her experiences to help new students because she knows how much of her success is in part to those who have helped her. Her goal as an ambassador is to help our new Wildcats find confidence and excitement in their new paths.
Destinee Duran (she/her/hers) was born in Phoenix, Arizona. After graduating high school, she decided to enter UA as an Pre-Mild-Moderate Disabilities major and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. During her first semester, she realized that she wanted to interact with students with special needs in a different way. Thus, she decided to change her major to Rehabilitation Studies and Services and add a minor in Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to either get accepted into an Occupational Therapy program or attend the University of Arizona’s graduate program for Rehabilitation. Destinee is passionate about helping others and being a guide that people can rely on. As a COE Ambassador, her goal is to be a resource for future students of the college so they can feel comfortable in knowing the opportunities available to them, while also being able to expand their view on getting involved in college and creating an experience that will leave them with great pride in having attended the U of A.
Stella Felix (she/her/hers) was born in Denver, Colorado and lived there until the age of five when she and her family moved to Tucson. She has been living here ever since. Felix entered the University of Arizona as a pre-physiology major with a dream of becoming an OB/GYN. During her sophomore year, she had a change of heart and, thanks to her family, was encouraged to do some soul searching. After working in a kindergarten classroom of a local K-12 charter school, she knew a career in early childhood education was the right fit for her. Now she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education while working part-time at a daycare center that prepares children ages 1-4 for kindergarten. She joined the team of COE Ambassadors to share her passion for early childhood education with others. In this role, she hopes to be a role model for future students and looks forward to helping high school students find answers to their questions about higher education.
Annabelle Fine (she/her/hers) was born and raised in New Jersey. After high school, she was ready for a change so she travelled across the country to attend the University of Arizona. Starting anew in an unfamiliar city has helped her grow and step outside of her comfort zone. One thing she brought from her home state to Arizona is her dream to teach. Before college she worked at a local gymnastics gym where she taught children ages 3-16. She was inspired by the impact she had on the lives of her students. Now, here at the College of Education, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in pre-education and is on track to receive a degree in elementary education with an ESL endorsement. As an ambassador, she’s looking forward to sharing information about the college and its programs with potential University of Arizona students.
Ashley Jeffries (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and is now a first-year wildcat! When she was in high school, she got a part-time job at an elementary school for the after-school program. This is where her dreams of working with kids really began. After graduating high school, she knew she didn’t want to dive back into school just yet. Instead, she spent a gap year working full time in the classroom as an Inclusion aid where she got the opportunity to work with students with disabilities and help them navigate day to day. She got to work with not only those amazing kids who inspired her daily, but also some amazing teachers who loved their jobs and the kids they worked with endlessly. This grew her appreciation for teachers, support faculty and grew her passion for working with kids. She knew she loved to be in the classroom, so she decided to study Elementary Education here at The University of Arizona. As an ambassador, she can’t wait to talk to prospective students who share the same passions as she does and help them on their path as a wildcat here at The University of Arizona!
Madison (she/her/hers) was born in Denver, Colorado and spent her childhood exploring the Rocky Mountains until she finally got sick of the snow and moved to Tucson for school. She absolutely loves living in the desert and being a wildcat! She is currently a junior in the College of Education majoring in Elementary Education with a Teaching English and a Second Language endorsement. After volunteering at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as a highschooler, she realized her passion for education and love of teaching. As an ambassador, she loves talking with prospective students and helping them find the right path for them! Bear Down!
Irene Meikle (she/her/hers) was born in Berne, Switzerland and has lived in France, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona, where she stayed to attend the University of Arizona. She originally pursued a Biology degree but switched her major to Literacy, Learning, and Leadership with a minor in Biology in her freshman year. She came to the conclusion that she would rather teach science than research it, which her job at the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium helped her realize. Irene would love to teach science in an informal setting, such as in a science museum or and wants to teach in various countries, particularly in Europe. She enjoys helping new Education majors find their feet in the big scary world that is college and beyond.
Ashley Michalski (she/her/hers) is from Naperville, Illinois. In the first grade, she befriended a boy named Jack, and, thanks to his radiant energy, funny jokes, and caring attitude, she still calls him her best friend today. She says Jack has changed her life tremendously because he has helped her view people with kindness. The first time she entered a special education classroom was because of Jack. Jack and these classroom experiences in the first grade helped form her dream of becoming a special education teacher. Now at the College of Education, she is following her dream by pursuing a degree in mild to moderate disabilities. After graduating from college, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree in severe to profound disabilities. As an ambassador, her goal is to spread awareness about available opportunities throughout the college. She hopes to use her energy and knowledge about the college to help future students feel like a Wildcat from day one.
Abby Nickum (she/her/hers) was born in Dixon, a small town in Northern California. All throughout high school Abby did not know she was going to a college out of state but she quickly fell in love with Tucson the first time she visited. Abby began her college career at the University of Arizona with a major in Psychology then decided to switch to Elementary Education to pursue her passion with helping kids academically. Abby still plans to get a minor in psychology and eventually become a student advisor. She joined the team of COE Ambassadors to guide potential University of Arizona students into having the same amazing experience that she has had so far in the College of Education.
Tanner Phillips (she/her/hers) is an Arizona native, born and raised in Chandler, Arizona. She is studying Deaf studies with an emphasis in education and minoring in Adolescence, Community, and Education. After graduation, she plans to enter the one-year Master’s in Teaching & Teacher Education program—Teach Arizona—to eventually work in the classroom as a American Sign Language teacher at the high school level. Tanner cannot wait to work in the classroom someday and knows that the College of Education is the perfect place to help her prepare to become a great teacher someday!