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COE Student Ambassadors

The COE Student Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to serving and representing the University of Memphis College of Education.

Student Ambassadors provide campus tours and serve as Official UofM College of Education representatives at various campus, college and community events. COE Student Ambassadors also serve within the COE Recruitment and Retention Office (including the front desk) where they act as a first point of contact to visitors, both by phone and in person. 

Meet our Current Student Ambassadors

Jenna

Jenna Crist

Major: Teaching All Learners, Minor in Child Development
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2023
Hometown: Germantown, TN

What is your favorite part of being in the College of Education at the UofM?
All of the professors I have had so far have given me really helpful insight and feedback on my teaching practices, as well as a lot of helpful tips and strategies that I intend to use in the future.

What are your career goals after education?
After graduation, I want to continue my education and get a masters in education, and begin teaching in an elementary school! I also have plans on getting my masters in administration and going on to become a principal or other administrator. 

What are you involved in on campus?
In addition to being an ambassador for the College of Education, I am also an ambassador for the Honors College. I am also the Vice President of Operations for Alpha Delta Pi and Secretary for Order of Omega.

What advice would you give to someone just starting in the COE? 
My one piece of advice for someone coming into the College of Education is to keep all of your notes and assignments! A lot of things that you do will be helpful for you to look back on later, and maybe even give you some ideas on what to do in your classroom!

What is a fun fact about you?
I performed at mass in St. Peter's Basilica in high school!

Kelci Griffin

Kelci Griffin

Major: Integrative Youth Services
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 7, 2022
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

What is your favorite part of being in the College of Education at the UofM?
It is very diverse so we get to connect with many people and touch bases on everyone’s background because we are all a part of the education field.

What are your career goals after graduation?
My goals after I graduate is to continue my masters program at Freed Hardeman University. I plan on teaching K-2.

What advice would you give to someone just starting in the COE? 
Remain focused. Always ask for help if you need it, but remember to also have fun because you are in college.

What is a fun fact about you?
I am a huge fan of the Jurassic Park Universe. Also, I enjoy shopping and riding motorcycles.

Bralyn

Bralyn Horton

Major: Teaching All Learners
Anticipated graduation date: 2023
Hometown: Memphis

What’s your favorite part of being in the College of Education at the UofM?
My favorite part overall is the close-knit community that we have. We have support and guidance, and we push each other to stay on track and finish strong. I never feel alone and I appreciate every experience that I am a part of.

What are your career goals after graduation? 
After graduation, I want to become an elementary or secondary SPED teacher. My favorite subject is math, but I want to be prepared to teach all subjects and be a versatile educator

What are you involved in on campus?
River City Partnership > and the I AM A MAN . . . I Teach program >

What advice would you give to someone just starting in the COE? 
Use your resources. The faculty and staff in the COE have helped me and allowed me to gain many opportunities and build upon some meaningful experiences. Also, do not be afraid to ask questions and create a bond with your peers.

What is a fun fact about you? 
My hobbies include cooking/culinary and tie-dying.

Allison

Allison Smith

Major: Teaching All Learners major with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2023
Hometown: Memphis

What’s your favorite part of being in the College of Education at the UofM?
The support I receive from my professors and the administration. I am truly having the best experience and am thankful for great professors/administration! I am also thankful for the friends I am making along the way. It is great to have a group of people experiencing the TALN program with you, we support each other!

What are your career goals after graduation? 
I am aspiring to become an Elementary School Teacher. I also plan on going back to Graduate school to obtain my Masters!

What are you involved in on campus?
Adult Student Association (ASA), University of Memphis Student Chapter of Council for Exceptional Children, University of Memphis Student Chapter of the Literacy Association of Tennessee and Alpha Gamma Delta Alumni (Lambuth University PC 2004)

What advice would you give to someone just starting in the COE College of Education? 
Be cognizant of the support that is offered within the COE. There are so many people willing to help you succeed, you just have to ask! Focus and study hard! Find people you can rely on that are in your program with you, it helps to have people to support you and vice versa!

What is a fun fact about you?
I am a Star Wars nerd and love everything Baby Yoda! I also love to karaoke!

Jaelyn

Jaelyn Walker


Major: Integrative Studies with a Secondary Math Concentration
Anticipated Graduation Year: 2025
Hometown: Brighton, Tennessee

What's your favorite part of being in the College of Education at the UofM?
Being able to contact others that have the same interest as me, and getting opportunities that will help me, like being an ambassador.

What are your career goals after graduation?
I plan to work at a school as close to my hometown and family as possible.
 
What advice would you give to someone just starting in the COE?
Get as involved as possible. I am currently a freshman, and I cannot stress enough how important it is to get involved with things that will help you along the way.

What is a fun fact about you?
I enjoy math so much because there is always a right answer and a specific way to get that answer. Also, I am double jointed in all of my fingers.

Join the COE Student Ambassadors

  • Represent the College of Education during university events and through social media
  • Welcome guests, prospective students and their families to the College of Education
  • Learn and share information about the UofM and the College of Education
  • Lead group or individual campus tours for prospective students and guests
  • Work with diverse populations and provide tips on being a successful student
  • Demonstrate the COE's values and mission as you represent the College
  • Assist the COE Office of Recruitment and Retention in daily operations and serve in other duties as assigned
  • Attend required trainings
  • Complete a minimum of 12 hours of service per semester 

As a COE Student Ambassador, you will develop a wide range of leadership and communication skills that will benefit you while you are a UofM student and after graduation. You will gain deeper knowledge about the College of Education and UofM while networking with other students, COE faculty and staff, and our partners. School districts, educational non-profits and graduate degree programs are looking for more than just academic success; they want community involvement and service. Serving as a COE Student Ambassador will help you stand out from the crowd.

Qualifications

COE Student Ambassadors are required to:

  • Be currently enrolled in the College of Education at the University of Memphis as an undergraduate student
  • Be currently enrolled in at least 12 credit hours
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
  • Commit to serving for one academic year commitment. (Fall-Spring)
  • Demonstrate strong communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Exhibit leadership, initiative, dependability and enthusiasm
  • Commit to the COE's Core Values
    • Diversity, Inclusion, Respect, Innovation and Service
       

COE Student Ambassadors. . .

  • Are driven by diversity and inclusion
  • Are committed to excellence
  • Are positive
  • Excel at communicating with others
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Are open to learning new things and sharing their knowledge with others
  • Have Tiger Spirit . . . Go Tigers Go!!
     

COE faculty and staff are invited to recommend COE undergraduate students for the ambassador program by filling out this form>.

For questions or more information, contact, Keith Hembree, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, at khembree@memphis.edu

Apply to be a COE Student Ambassador >