Student Ambassadors are a select group of students chosen through an application and interview process to represent the University of Mary Washington’s College of Education at various outreach activities, and conduct campus tours. The program seeks students from diverse backgrounds who are enthusiastic and who demonstrate exceptional communication and leadership skills.
Meet our current Student Ambassadors:
Marine Beausergent, 2021
Spanish and French Major
Fun Fact: I was born in France and speak 3 languages!
Why do you want to be a teacher? Most of the women in my life have been teachers and I have always had a passion for teaching. Because I was able to attend school in 2 different countries, I really wanted to make a difference and keep up with my background by teaching French in schools.
What do you like about the COE? The professors. They are so motivating and helpful when it comes to answering questions, helping us with work and guiding us through the program. I am so excited to be able to get my masters with the same program that helped me throughout my undergraduate years.
Haylie Stevenson, 2022
American Studies Major
Fun Fact: I absolutely adore English bulldogs.
Why do you want to be a teacher? I was greatly impacted by my teachers at a young age, so I want to do the same for my future students.
What do you like about COE? I love the professors; they want us to succeed and are super personable. The COE provides many opportunities and experiences to allow us to be the best educators we can be.
Sarah Bazemore, 2024
Elementary Education Major with SPED Endorsement
Fun Fact: I enjoy playing golf and the piano when I am not spending my time with my friends or dog.
Why do you want to be a teacher? Growing up I had so many amazing teachers. When I went into high school, I began volunteering in classrooms, and I quickly discovered that I wanted to be a teacher. After working in many different environments ranging from Special Education in summer school to teaching American Sign Language in an Early Childhood Special Education classroom, I have always enjoyed the moments with the children. As a teacher, I want to be able to build the safe classroom that I have been so lucky to have as a child for my future students.
What do you like about COE? There is so much I like about the college of education, but what I like the most is the faculty and experience we get in the classroom. The professors’ experience, passion, and excitement about education makes me feel so confident about my future. I also feel that I am prepared for my own classroom because of the amount of time that we spend in the classroom through practicums and student teaching. All in all, I love that there are so many opportunities and the faculty will support you in your decisions.
Grace Strong, 2024
Elementary Education & English Major
Fun Fact: I am the oldest of four and have a large extended family that I am very close with. My mom’s side of the family tries to have a reunion every year and there are over a 100 people.
Why do you want to be a teacher? My reason for wanting to become a teacher is that I have always enjoyed working with kids and I like finding new ways to explain things that help people understand what they are learning. Sometime in High school, I realized that a teacher does both of those things, and ever since I wanted to be a teacher. With every class I take at UMW I fall more in love with teaching and learn more reasons for needing good teachers. Life can throw so many challenges at everyone, and teachers are a large influence on how kids handle those challenges. I want to be the kind of teacher that can help in any situation, and I think UMW has an excellent program to help future teachers.
What do you like about COE? What I like about the COE is that it is focused on diversity and creating teachers for everyone, not just the average student but those who are gifted, those who are behind, those with a disability, those with problems that can get in the way of learning, and anyone in between. The world is made of so many different people and experiences and the COE acknowledges that by preparing future teachers for as many situations as possible, but overall, how to continue learning and be open-minded. There is only so much that can be taught in four years but teaching someone how to continue their learning assures the best teachers out there that will stay up to date with what works. UMW and the COE are a great program that I am thrilled to be a part of!
Student Ambassadors partake in various events and activities:
- Conduct group or individualize campus tours
- Facilitate classroom presentations at elementary, junior high, and high schools
- Staff information tables at career, college, and community fairs
- Assist with donor and presidential events
- Provide students and the community with information regarding College of Education programs
- Serve as encouraging role models and advocates of higher education
- Participate in special events as needed
Please email the COE Student Ambassadors: COEAmbassadors@mail.umw.edu if you have any questions or comments about Ambassador events.