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Undergraduate Student Advisory Board Members

KeAndrea BrownKeAndrea L. Brown
Major: Elementary Education, Literacy, Culture, and Diversity
Hometown: North, SC

Background: My name is KeAndrea Brown and I am from a small town called North, South Carolina. I am the daughter of Derek and Natasha Brown and have two older brothers. I joined the Clemson family in August of 2014 and will graduate in May 2018. During my time at Clemson I have gotten involved in organizations such as the Civics and Service House (CASH), South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC) , America Reads, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society.

Why I want to teach: I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. I obviously have a love for children, but I also want to impact the lives of others. Teaching is one of the best ways to make that impact and change the world in the smallest ways..Through my teaching I could positively impact someone's life, just like my teachers for me.

Goals and aspirations: My goals at the moment are to graduate in May and to teach at a Title I School that I absolutely love. In the future, I hope to be chosen as my school's Teacher of the Year, District Teacher of the Year, and even National Teacher of the Year! More importantly, my ultimate goal is to be an effective teacher and positively change the lives of my students.

KeAndrea BrownMarissa Bossard
Major: Biological Sciences and Science Teaching.
Hometown: Fairfax, VA.

Background: I spent my childhood in a town near Washington, D.C., surrounded by a wonderful family of educators. As my Mother and Grandmother are both teachers, I knew I wanted to explore a career geared toward serving youth. Over my past three years at Clemson, I have further solidified my plans of working in the realm of education through the undergraduate opportunities I have been able to partake in. I am very thankful for the mentorship, friendship, and personal growth opportunities I have found here at Clemson.

Why I want to teach: I have always loved working with students and serving mentorship roles for youth. I find the quirkiness and pure personality of high school students makes teaching at the secondary level an exciting and meaningful career as students develop into successful emerging adults..

Goals and aspirations: I aspire to move to Boston upon graduation and enter begin a position at a public school..

KeAndrea BrownJanie Rice
Major: Special Education.
Hometown: Easley, SC.

Background: I was born and raised in Easley, South Carolina. My mom is a Clemson Alum, so my blood has always run orange with the love of the Clemson Tigers. I always enjoyed watching the Tigers play and hate it when I have to miss a home game. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends. In my time at Clemson, I have been able to be involved in activities like ClemsonLife, a Night to Shine, Clemson TOP Soccer, Creative Inquiries, and so much more. After I graduate, I hope to go into the classroom for a few years and then head back to school to earn my Master's.

Why I want to teach: I want to teach because I believe that every child should know that there is one adult who is absolutely crazy about them and wants nothing more but to see them be successful. I know that I will not be able to change every child's life. However, if I can change one life, then I will know that my job and all of my sacrifices will be worth it.

Goals/ Aspirations: My goals in life are ever changing. I do know that I want to be a Special Education teacher for a few years. I am hoping that my time and experience in the classroom will guide me in my pursuit of my Master's. I have the goal to travel the world and be able to experience many different cultures.

KeAndrea BrownStewart Ruddy
Major: Secondary Education English
Hometown: Fort Mill, SC

Background: Hey everyone! My name is Stewart Ruddy and I am a Secondary Education English major here at Clemson University. I am originally from Glasgow, Scotland until I moved to Fort Mill, South Carolina in 2006. I love cats, reading and horseback riding and if I could do those things all the time, I would be content. I am the Chair of the English Majors Organization here at Clemson University, so I am obviously really passionate about English. I am part of the committee on the Advisory Board that has been developing a new mentorship program for the College of Education.

Why I want to teach: Teaching has always been my passion, from when I taught my stuffed animals to now teaching actual teenagers. I have worked at a horseback riding summer camp for the past six years, and this has fostered my love for teaching. I want to help students be excited for school and English. There are so many amazing opportunities through English and I want to promote that to my students.

Goals and aspirations: My most immediate goal is to graduate from Clemson University and start teaching. I am so excited, if not a little bit nervous, but it is going to be an amazing experience. I hope that, through the advisory board, I am able to make a difference on Clemson's Campus in both the Education and English departments.

KeAndrea BrownRachel Rogers
Major: Special Education
Hometown: Plano, Texas

Background: I was born and raised in Plano, Texas, right outside of Dallas. I chose Clemson University, because I loved how different it was here with all the hills and trees. I am currently a senior Special Education major here. I want to teach because I love children and I want to help every child I can to succeed. My goal is to teach for a couple of years and then hopefully go back to school to get my Master's in a specialized area. Although, at this point in time I am unsure about exactly what I want to specialize in.

KeAndrea BrownVirginia Theriault
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Brentwood, TN

Background: I grew up right outside Tampa, Florida until fifth grade when my family moved to Brentwood, TN, a suburb of Nashville, which I now consider home. While growing up I loved to play tennis, travel with my family, and read books. In high school I was involved in several clubs such as yearbook, National Honor Society, and peer mentors as well as an active member of my church’s youth group. When it was time for me to look for colleges I had no idea where I wanted to go and toured many schools, but as soon as I stepped on Clemson’s campus I knew that I had found my new home. I have loved all of the memories I’ve made here from going to the lake with friends, getting involved with several student organizations, and of course cheering on the Tigers every Saturday in the fall!

Why I want to teach: I have wanted to be a teacher almost my entire life! I have always loved school and looked up to my teachers so much when I was in elementary school. I could not imagine doing anything else. I want to be the encouraging, supportive, cool teacher that my students remember as one of their favorites. Whether my impact is subtle or life-changing, knowing that I have somehow touched the life of a child who is going to carry the lessons I taught him or her into the world is an amazing feeling.

Goals and aspirations: I am still very unsure about what I want to do with my future post-grad (which is scary because it is quickly approaching), but I know that I want to get experience teaching and learning more about the aspects of education that I am passionate about, whether that’s ESL, STEM, administration, etc. and eventually get my Masters in one of these areas. Lifelong learning is something I am passionate about and just hope to continue to learn, travel, and grow and inspire my students to do the same.

KeAndrea BrownGrace Newsom
Major: Elementary Education (Science and Math)
Hometown: Anderson, SC

Background: I'm a Junior at Clemson and I'm 20 years old. I was adopted from Seoul, South Korea when I was 6 months old and moved to South Carolina from Atlanta around 10 years ago. I work at a local afterschool program and a nursery. I'm from the area and went to Pendleton High School, which is about 15 minutes away from Clemson! I love soccer and baking and am thinking about participating in the 5-year Master's program at Clemson, but still a little undecided!

Why I want to teach: I wanted to teach because I want to make a difference, no matter how small or big. I chose teaching because I love kids and I wanted a career that would give me an outlet for both creativity and to help people. To me, there's no better job that fits all these requirements than teaching.

Goals and aspirations: I hope to eventually teach somewhere outside South Carolina just because I've lived here my whole life. I want to see other places as well and have a change of scenery, so to speak. Additionally, I would like to eventually obtain my Master's, whether that be through Clemson's 5-year program or through a different graduate school!

KeAndrea BrownMegan Kee
Major: Secondary Mathematics Education
Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Background: My name is Megan Kee, and I am a senior Secondary Mathematics Education major. I grew up in Orlando, Florida, where I lived until moving to Rock Hill, South Carolina at 13.  Growing up, I was convinced that I was going to be just like my mom, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, when I grew up – until I realized blood made me a little queasy. Much to my mom’s dismay, the puzzles my dad, a Middle School Math Teacher, had been giving me since I was 4 still interested me, and I ended up following his footsteps instead.

Why I want to teach: Two summers ago, I had the opportunity to work in a township in Cape Town, South Africa. The community center had a mural of a quote by Nelson Mandela, who the town was named for: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. I firmly believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to effect change on their life and the world as a whole through education, and that is just what I hope to provide to my future students.

KeAndrea BrownAnna Gray Ivey
Major: Secondary Education English
Hometown: Rock Hill, SC

Background: My name is Anna Gray Ivey, and I am from Rock Hill, SC. I began my college career at Clemson as a Spanish and International Trade major, and while I loved the program, I learned after three semesters that it was not the right path for me. I then switched into English and eventually Secondary Education English. I am so proud to be part of such a wonderful program!

Why I want to teach: Growing up, I always had a love for English. The majority of my favorite teachers throughout middle and high school were English teachers, and they each had a hand in fostering my passion for English. My teachers were always incredibly caring and supportive of me and truly left an impact on my life. I feel that in becoming a teacher, I will not only have the opportunity to impart my love of English on my students but also have a positive impact on their lives like my teachers had on mine.

Goals and aspirations: As I previously stated, I hope to have a positive effect on each of my students' lives. In terms of my career, I want to teach in a high school for a few years and eventually pursue my MED. I am considering going after my doctorate after receiving my MED and potentially moving up to higher education. However, I have recently fallen in love with teaching the younger grades of high school, so I may end up staying with that age group!

KeAndrea BrownCaroline Dunn
Major: Secondary Education - History
Hometown: Anderson, South Carolina

Background: Growing up so close to Clemson, I've always been a die hard Clemson Tiger! There was no question in my mind of where I wanted to go to school, however, the opportunity to join the Moore Scholars program at Clemson sealed the deal. Through Moore Scholars, I've had the opportunity to work on diversity education projects with schools across the upstate and lowcountry, such as the Tamassee Salem DAR School, Greenville Early College, and Bamberg-Erhardt High School. I was also drawn to Clemson due to our fantastic dual degree program; having the opportunity to earn a degree in both education AND history remains a huge plus in my book! In my spare time, I enjoy snuggling with my lab-pitt puppy, musical theatre, reading, and spending time in the kitchen.

Why I want to teach: As a child, I absolutely adored stories. How do other people live? What makes other people's experience different from my own? Reading about the lives of others - especially those who lived long before me - brought me to love history! I have always wanted to foster a love of stories within other people. History is often viewed by students as "boring" because it is so easy to divorce the people from the story. I hope to make history as personal and exciting for my students as it is for me! 

Goals and aspirations: Professionally, I hope to teach high school history in the Clemson/Seneca/Pendleton area following graduation. I plan to attain middle school and Advanced Placement certification, as well as a Master's degree in US History. As far as personal goals go, I hope to reinforce the idea that history can be both relevant AND fun!

KeAndrea BrownRachel Conlon
 Math, Secondary Education

Background: My name is Rachel Conlon and I am a senior Math, Secondary education major. I am a tutor mentor for the ASC, and a member of the Clemson University Student Council for Teachers of Mathematics. Besides studying for my classes, I enjoy hiking on the local trails and cheering on the tigers in Death Valley! Go tigers!!

KeAndrea BrownSyndnie Smith
Major: Special Education 
Hometown: Suwanee, GA 

Background: I was born in Atlanta and have lived there ever since. I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Growing up I was constantly trying to help my friends and others. In sixth grade I decided that I wanted to be a special education teacher and from that day forward I never had a doubt about this field being my calling. Coming to Clemson was by far the best decision I have made. All of the professors are extremely qualified and dedicated to making each student a successful teaching professional. I will be graduating in May 2018 with a Multi-Categorical Special Education degree and an add on certification in Elementary Education. I plan to further my education in pursuit of a Masters degree in the Fall of 2018 but am currently undecided about an area

Why I want to teach: I have a passion for students with disabilities. Their joy, love, and determination is why I want assist them and advocate for them to be as successful out in the world as students without disabilities.

Goals and aspirations: I grew up with a close family friend with a disability who was in and out of the hospital all the time. I realized that education opportunities for kids in hospital settings were not as copious. After that realization, I decided that my ultimate goal for after graduation is to attend graduate school and become a hospital teacher. 

KeAndrea BrownSydney Fossing
Major: Elementary Education (Math and Science Emphasis)
Hometown: Greenville, SC

Why I want to teach: I’ve known my whole life that I wanted to work in education when I grew up. However, like most  educators, I was told that being a teacher was “a giant waste of potential,” so I looked into other ways to be in the school without being a teacher. My junior year of high school one of my teachers handed me an application for the Teacher Cadet program, and told me that if I was going to look into every other position, I might as well give teaching a shot. My senior year I participated in the program and fell in love. I woke up every morning excited to go to school because it meant I got to teach. I loved watching my student's faces light up when they finally understood a new concept, or read through a book without struggling for the first time. I believe that good teachers are the key to a better future, and that if I really want to make a difference in the world, this is where I can do it.

Goals and aspirations: I’m currently planning on participating in the 5 year master program that Clemson is now offering. From there, I hope to go on to teach 3rd grade at a low-income school in South Carolina, ideally using my emphasis to teach math and science. One of my main goals is to create a learning environment in my classroom that stimulates curiosity and creativity through hands-on, inquiry based activities. I aspire to be a teacher that encourages their students to grow not just academically, but in every area of their life. Throughout the year I want my students to learn how to be a better person, better friend, and how to be confident in themselves. I want them to understand that their voice matters and should be heard

KeAndrea BrownKristen Dudek
Major: Elementary Education (Math and Science Emphasis)
Hometown: Pelham, NY

Background: My name is Kristen Dudek, and I am from Pelham, NY. I am a senior Elementary Education major with an emphasis in Math/Science and minors in Psychology and Music. I am very excited to serve as the president of the Undergraduate Student Advisory Board of the College of Education! I am very passionate about the education programs here at Clemson and am thankful to have the chance to shape our new college and make it even better.

Why I want to teach: I have known I wanted to teach since the second grade, when a positive interaction with my teacher made me realize I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. A job teaching violin to elementary school students in high school only solidified that dream, as it combined my passion for teaching with my love of music. I came to Clemson excited about the education program here with its many opportunities for field placements, and the opportunity to be a part of an organization called Moore Scholars, which focused on the educational inequalities seen in South Carolina and worked with underserved schools in the area. 

Goals and aspirations: Over the course of my undergraduate career, I also had the opportunity to travel to Cape Town, South Africa and teach in an entirely different cultural setting. This experience inspired a passion about social justice in education and revealed to me just how powerful of a tool education is to change society. I have discovered through this experience and through my courses at Clemson that I want to teach because I want to positively influence the next generation of world leaders, and hopefully inspire students to follow their dreams and make an impact on the world. Robert Frost famously said, "I am not a teacher, but an awakener," and I hope to emulate this as I help students discover their passions and pursue them.  In the future, I hope to attend graduate school to study cognition and the neurological research behind educational practices. I also would love to teach upper elementary school; fifth grade in particular seems to be my favorite. In the distant future I can potentially see myself as a principal, but we will see! I am excited to put all that I've learned into practice in my own classroom very soon.