Welcome College of Education Students!

We are so excited to welcome you to the 2020-2021 academic year at the University of Maryland, College Park. Whether you are physically on campus or joining classes virtually, we know that your presence is a meaningful contribution to our close-knit COE community.

In the hopes of continuing to foster that sense of community when we are physically separated, the COE Student Ambassadors are working hard to create opportunities where students can engage with their peers in the College. To achieve this goal, we will 1) connect with undergraduate students through weekly emails entitled “Teachers N’ Terps;” 2) hold office hours to assist with any questions about the College of Education and student life; 3) and organize virtual events for education majors to connect!

Our first event of the year will be our Virtual Welcome Fair on Wednesday, August 26th from 3-5pm. We hope you will join us! Check out our event page for more information and resources. When we host other events in the future, you will be sure to hear from us!

Throughout the year, please contact us with questions, ideas, and feedback! You can email educambassadors@umd.edu to quickly connect with a Student Ambassador and receive guidance from a peer during these uncertain times.

Best Wishes,

COE Senior Student Ambassadors
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Madeleine O’Connell, Elementary Education
Kieran O’Connor, Middle School Math and Science
Andrea Torres Negron, Secondary Education and Spanish
Jessica Parker, Middle School Math and Science

Our Undergraduate Student Ambassadors are the face of our College to prospective students and their families, new incoming students and current UMD students. The College of Education Student Ambassador Program is run through the Office of Student Services and is a yearlong leadership internship offering undergraduate students the opportunity to become student leaders within the College and University. During the first semester, students will participate in a 2-credit course designed to establish leadership skills, train Ambassadors on the College’s undergraduate programs and policies, and prepare students to  participate actively and knowledgeably at recruitment events, such as the annual Fall Open House, Admitted Student Open Houses and the First Look Fair, College of Education Orientation and paraprofessional activities within the College.

In the Spring semester, students will participate in a 2-credit course designed to reinforce skills, concepts and practice gained in the first semester through active involvement in Open Houses, Workshops, Recruitment Events, Office Hours, the COE Newsletter and capstone projects.

The College of Education Student Ambassador Program is an invitation-only program. The application opens in the Spring semester and students need at least a 3.0 GPA and 45 credit hours. 

Check back in the Spring 2021 for more information on how to apply to be a Student Ambassdor for the 2021-2022 Academic Year!

Meet our College of Education Student Ambassadors for the 2020-2021 Academic Year!

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Madeleine O'Connell
Senior Ambassador 
Hometown: Arnold, MD
Major: Elementary Education
Year: Junior
Fun Fact: Was a competitive Greek Dancer for 12 years
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Andrea Torres
Senior Ambassador 
Hometown: Fort Hood, TX/Laurel, MD
Major: Secondary Education/Spanish
Year: Senior
Fun Fact: Has been in the same rom as Michelle Obama and the cast of ICarly at the same time
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Kieran O'Connor 
Senior Ambassador 
Hometown: Crofton, MD
Major: Middle School Math and Science 
Year: Senior 
Fun Fact: Worked at Disney World
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Jessica Parker  
Senior Ambassador 
Hometown: Arnold, MD
Major: Middle School Math and Science 
Year: Senior 
 Fun Fact: Studied abroad with the COE in Europe 
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Sarah Choi
Student Ambassador 
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Major: Secondary Education/English 
Year: Junior 
Fun Fact: Favorite flavor at the Maryland Dairy is Sapienza 
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Sarah Cooper
Student Ambassador 
Hometown: Glenelg, MD
Major: Special Education
Year: Junior 
Fun Fact: Won the 2010 Cheerleading World Championship
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Lauren Gow
Student Ambassador 
Hometown: Paoli, PA
Major: Secondary Education/English 
Year: Junior 
Fun Fact: Favorite music genres are R&B, EDM, and any 80s hits
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Michelle D'Costa 
Student Ambassador 
Hometown: Laurel, MD 
Major: Special Education
Year: Junior 
Fun Fact: Favorite animal is the sloth
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Abbey Johnston
Student Ambassador 
Hometown: Scituate, MA 
Major: Special Education
Year: Junior 
Fun Fact: Lives in the most Irish town in America
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Annika Ricci 
Student Ambassador 
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Major: Secondary Education/Chemistry
Year: Junior 
Fun Fact: Can wiggle her ears
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Alli Schimmel 
Student Ambassador 
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Major: Elementary Education
Year: Junior 
Fun Fact: Participated in theater in high school

 

Beginning in Fall 2018, our Student Ambassadors create a student newsletter about events, research opportunities, and students, staff and faculty spotlights within the College of Education to share with the College's undergraduate students each semester. Click on the semester's below to view each of the published newsletters to date! 

Fall 2018 
Spring 2019
Fall 2019
Spring 2020
Fall 2020

Our Welcome Fair on Wednesday, August 26th was an enormous success! We welcomed over 40 undergradute students from all different undergraduate majors in the College of Education to speak with current Student Ambassadors about their experiences as undergraduate College of Education students at the University of Maryland. View the two welcome videos below from Dean Jennifer King Rice and Department Chairs Dr. William Ming Liu, Dr. Francine Hultgren, and Dr. Kelly Mix, and the Graduate Student Organization and Undergraduate Student Ambassadors. 

Stay tuned for more events for the 2020-2021 Academic Year! 

 

To speak with our College of Education Student Ambassadors, please email educambassadors@umd.edu