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Undergraduate Student Advisory Board

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The mission of the College of Education Undergraduate Student Advisory Board (USAB) is to advance the College of Education by promoting the welfare of the student body, to enhance relationships between students and faculty, and to serve as ambassadors of the College of Education.

  • Purpose and Structure

    Purpose / Function

    • Meet with Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at least once a semester
    • Actively serve on a USAB subcommittee
    • Help organize and participate in College of Education recruitment events
    • Serve as ambassadors to the college especially to prospective students
    • Help organize education speakers from within and outside the College of Education
    • Organize a mentoring program for new students
    • Help develop a system to keep alumni connected to the College of Education
    • Identify new initiates needed to recruit new students and to engage current students in the College of Education


    Structure

    The Undergraduate Student Advisory Board will consist of a minimum of the following:

    • Two Early Childhood
    • Two Elementary – Math/Science
    • Two Elementary – Language/Culture/Diversity
    • Two Special Education
    • Two Science
    • Two Math
    • Two English
    • Two Social Studies


    Once new members are appointment each November, the board will select a chair and co-chairs to lead each of the subcommittees.

  • Membership and Term

    Membership

    Members must be enthusiastic about the College and willing to share their commitment with others. Members should be interested in governance. The USAB will consist of a diverse group of education majors, each bringing a unique perspective to the board. To apply, please complete a short application.

    Term

    USAB members must serve for one year and may serve for up to two years. Terms will run November to December to allow incoming members to overlap with outgoing members.  The application window opens up each September.  Applications are reviewed by current USAB members and program faculty.

  • Members

    abigail-fleigAbigail Fleig
    Major: Secondary Social Studies Education
    Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
    Position: President

    Background: Hi! My name is Abby Fleig and I am a sophomore Secondary Education major with an emphasis on history from Arlington Heights, IL (about 35 mins outside of Chicago). On campus, I serve as a Thomas F. Chapman Leadership Scholar and as a Clemson’s Challenge for Academically Talented Students (C-CATS) Counselor. I have also worked as a Resident Assistant and as an Orientation Ambassador and Team Leader for the New Student Orientation program. I am really excited to serve as President for USAB this year and to continue advancing the College of Education!

    Why I want to teach: None of us would be where we are today if it were not for the teachers who have a hand in shaping us throughout our lives. For me, that teacher was my third grade teacher. She inspired me to find interest in subjects that I had never enjoyed before. In that year, I was struck with the impact a teacher can have and decided that this was the career path for me. I have never looked back since the third grade and have spent 13 years cultivating my passion for education. How I see it, teachers have the ability to embrace the present while inspiring the future. My third grade teacher inspired my future, and I only hope to do the same for my students because, ultimately, I find my happiness in the success of others that I have helped.

    Goals & Aspirations: I plan to graduate Clemson in May of 2022 and hope to enter the Teacher Residency program where I can pursue my Masters. From there, it’s still up in the air whether I return to Chicago to teach or stay here in the South. Eventually I would love to work on a military base and progress into administration and beyond. One day, I hope to pursue a PhD in educational leadership as I seek to be a voice of change by shaping educational policies. For the time being, I am thrilled to go where the job takes me, and I cannot wait to get into the classroom!

    Cameron Nelson Cameron Nelson
    Major: Secondary Social Studies Education
    Hometown: Simpsonville, SC
    Position: Vice President

    Background: I love Clemson University. Clemson has always been my dream school and my goal to get to come here. I graduated from Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville and played football there. I work with the Upstate Kids Ministry at Simpsonville First Baptist Church.

    Why I want to teach: I want to teach to invest in my students and people around me. As a teacher, I want to teach students how to think and how to make a positive difference in their world.

    Goals & Aspirations: My goal is to be a good teacher and a great role model to my students. I want to make education fun and engaging, while also teaching life lessons that make a lasting difference.

    Maria ColonMaria Colon
    Major: Secondary Social Studies Education
    Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
    Position: Treasurer

    Background: Hey y’all, my name is Maria! I am a junior Secondary Education History Major from Hilton Head Island South Carolina! I am involved in Greek life, I was an Orientation Ambassador in 2019, and I was a first generation peer mentor! I love history and hope to teach high school U.S. 2 focusing on the World Wars and current times!

    Why I want to teach: I want to be a teacher because nothing is more rewarding than impacting and inspiring future students. I believe teachers have such an important role to teach future generations and motivate students to be their best self! I am so excited for the future to come!

    Goals & Aspirations: My goal is to teach United States History 2 in high school which focuses after westward expansion. I aspire to get my PHD and one day teach a college level history class!

    Jillian BroylesJillian Broyles
    Major: Secondary Social Studies Education
    Hometown: Summerville, SC
    Position: Current Students Committee Chair

    Background: Hi! My name is Jillian and I’m a Secondary Education and History major! I’m from Summerville, SC and Clemson has been my dream school my whole life. At Clemson, I’m also a member of Gamma Phi Beta, and in my free time I love to spend time with friends and do just about anything outdoors! I’ve always known that I wanted to teach, and I can’t wait for all the wonderful opportunities in USAB!

    Why I want to teach: I want to be a teacher to inspire students to rise to their full potential. I have been inspired by so many of my own teachers and I want to be that role model for my students. High school is such a critical time in any student’s life, for myself this is when I realized that I wanted to teach social studies.

    Goals & Aspirations: After receiving my bachelors from Clemson, I plan on staying in Clemson to get my Master’s in Education. After graduating, I plan on moving out of state to teach high school and potentially move into administration or up to the college level. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

    Hannah BufordHannah Buford
    Major: Early Childhood Education
    Hometown: Greenville, SC
    Position: Communications Committee Chair

    Background: I am a junior early childhood education major from Greenville, SC. I love dogs and have a dog named Bowman who is full of energy. In my free time, I love to bake, find crafty projects on Pinterest, and hang out with friends. I also love walking around campus or going to Clemson Football games.

    Why I want to teach: I have hoped to become a teacher since I was in kindergarten and it really is the only profession I can see myself in. I want to be a teacher because of the amazing teachers that have made a difference in my life. I want every child to feel valued and capable, and I want to make an impact on the lives of my students.

    Goals & Aspirations: I hope to teach for a while, and then would love to go to graduate school at some point to become an instructional coach in order to help other teachers. For fun, I would love to continue traveling and want to visit all 50 states.

    Eric ColemanEric Coleman
    Major: Secondary Social Studies Education
    Hometown: Lexington, SC
    Position: Inclusion and Equity Committee Chair

    Background: Hey! My name is Eric Coleman, and I am a Junior Secondary Education major with an emphasis in Social Studies from Lexington, SC. I currently live in Blythewood, SC after having moved senior year of high school. I have been involved in different areas on campus from being an Orientation Ambassador, to being on the exec team for Kick-Off Clemson, and most recently on the exec board for Student Alumni Council. I love Clemson so much, and I have tried to serve this school in any way during my time here.

    Why I want to teach: I want to be a teacher because of the teachers I had during school. My teachers were passionate about their subjects, but they also wanted each of their students to do well. They took interest in different facets of their students’ lives, and they really tried to push their students to be the best they can be. This is the same kind of support that I would like to offer my students because teachers play such a vital role in the support system for students.

    Goals & Aspirations: After graduation in 2022, I hope to receive my masters while participating in the Teacher Residency Program. I would like to go on and teach for several years outside of South Carolina. I would eventually like to earn a PhD in education and work with policymakers to change institute positive education reform that improves experiences for minority students.

    Kate HarrisonKate Harrison
    Major: Secondary English Education
    Hometown: Greenville, SC
    Position: Recruitment Committee Chair

    Background: Hey! I’m Kate Harrison from Greenville, SC. I love reading, writing, and hanging out with my friends.

    Why I want to teach: I love interacting with people, especially older kids. High school students have so many interesting opinions and experiences, and at times they are overlooked. I hope that when studying literature in my classroom I can guide open discussion for these opinions to be heard.

    Goals & Aspirations: My goal for this year is to finish out strong with grades and relationships. In the future I hope to attend graduate school, and hopefully find a way to teach abroad.

    Danielle Ballard Danielle Ballard
    Major: Secondary English Education
    Hometown: Rock Hill, SC

    Background: Hey! My name is Danielle Ballard and I am a Secondary Education and English major. I grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina, a town that's a little bit south of Charlotte, NC. I attended one of the Future Tiger Days at the end of my senior year and knew that Clemson and its education program were perfect for me! I can't wait to go out into the field and learn everything I can to be the best teacher I can be!

    Why I want to teach: I want to work with high school students and help make their transitions into and out of high school go as smoothly as possible while teaching them the subject I love most, English! I have had so many amazing teachers (most of which came from Clemson!) who have supported me and pushed me, and I would like my students to feel that way about me!

    Goals & Aspirations: One of my biggest goals right now is to finish my time at Clemson with a Master's degree, preferably in the 5 year program. I would also like to TA at some point if possible before I graduate. When I'm done with college I would like to teach at a high school near Clemson because I love the area! I would also like to have a couple French Bulldogs someday!

    Rylie Beasley Rylie Beasley
    Major: Special Education
    Hometown: Blythewood, SC

    Background: Hi! My name is Rylie Beasley and I am a sophomore special education major. I am so excited to be able to serve on the Undergraduate Student Advisory Board for the College of Education. On campus, I am involved with Fellowship of Student Athletes, Clemson Life and Clemson Hope. I love traveling with my family and spending time at the lake.

    Why I want to teach: I have always wanted to be a teacher but in middle school my passion for special education was formed when I became a peer tutor in Mrs. Sherman's classroom. I have had the opportunity to learn from amazing teachers who have been an example of great teaching. I hope to create an environment in my future classroom which gives students the confidence to learn and grow.

    Goals & Aspirations: My goal is to graduate from Clemson with my bachelor’s and master’s degree in 2022 and 2023 by completing the new Teacher Residency. I love the classroom setting and am hoping to begin teaching after I graduate.

    Sylvia BlantonSylvia Blanton
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Blacksburg, SC

    Background: I am from Blacksburg, SC. I have been coming to Clemson since I was little and love it here so much!

    Why I want to teach: I want to be a teacher because I grew up in a family of all teachers, and I have seen how passionate they are about helping their students succeed. I really am excited to do the same thing!

    Goals & Aspirations: My main goal is to become SC Teacher of the Year, and maybe come back and be a professor at Clemson.

    Naomi BorgmanNaomi Borgman
    Major: Early Childhood Education
    Hometown: Lexington, SC

    Background: Hey y'all! My name is Naomi Borgman and I am an Early Childhood Education major. I am from Lexington, SC and I was a bridge student my freshman. I have four younger siblings and they are the reason I decided to go into this field. I always helped them with their schoolwork and it made me really consider education. When I am not busy with school, I am lessoning with Clemson's Equestrian team, painting, reading, and embracing what Clemson's has to offer with my friends.

    Why I want to teach: My siblings are the ones that really made me consider teaching, but my Junior Year of high school I was a part of the Teacher Cadet program. I had an amazing cooperating teacher and a great group of first grade students. They are the ones that really solidified that teaching is what I want to do after seeing their faces light up after finally understanding something they have been struggling with.

    Goals & Aspirations: I want to create a fun and safe environment for students to come to. I hope to build a connection with each of my students and I would like to show them that learning is exciting. I hope to also build connections with the other teachers and staff because untimely they are the ones that will help make these goals possible.

    Reece BosticReece Bostic
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Aiken, SC

    Background: Hey everyone! My name is Reece Bostic and I am an elementary education major from Aiken, SC. I am originally from Roanoke, VA and I have lived in South Carolina for the past 4 years. I have always wanted to become a teacher since I was in elementary school and I give credit to my fourth grade teacher. I am very fortunate that Clemson has an excellent education program and I absolutely love being a student in the college of education. Here at Clemson I am involved with tiger band and I will serve as an Orientation Ambassador for the upcoming summer. Also, I am obsessed with Big Brother and Avril Lavigne- yes Avril Lavigne was my top artist from Spotify wrapped this year.

    Why I want to teach: I know that the future is dependent on this next generation of teachers and I want to be one of the teachers that leave a lasting impact. Advocating for change is something that I’m incredibly passionate about and I will continuously push that philosophy. I’ve had numerous teachers that have stood out throughout my life, but it’s because of my fourth grade teacher that drives me to teach. She had made such an incredible impact on my life and I want to do the same.

    Goals & Aspirations: My short-term goal in the future is to pursue a Master’s in Education immediately following my undergraduate studies. I want to move back to Virginia following my Master’s and teach in the same area that I grew up in. I do eventually want to pursue a PhD in either educational leadership or administrative services to become a principal.

    Cameron BoyceCameron Boyce
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Greenville, SC

    Background: Hi guys! My name is Cameron, and I’m so excited to be on USAB this year. I’m an Elementary Education Major from Greenville, South Carolina. I’m starting my research in departmental honors for Elementary Education this year, and I can’t wait to get started. During my free time, I like to read, watch movies, and hang out with my friends.

    Why I want to teach: I’ve wanted to be a teacher since kindergarten when I received the “Future Teacher” award. A lot of my relatives have been or currently are teachers, and it would be such an honor to follow their example. To me, there’s nothing more rewarding then helping a child learn something they hadn’t known before. The look of understanding on a student’s face once they grasp a concept is priceless, and I hope to be stimulating that kind of learning all throughout my career.

    Goals & Aspirations: I plan to graduate Clemson with my degree in Elementary Education as well as General and Departmental Honors. I plan to stay at Clemson an extra year to earn my MAT in the Teacher Residency program and increase my knowledge in the classroom. I hope to teach in the Charleston area and continue to make an impact on the students of South Carolina.

    Sophie (Liza) ChapmanSophie (Liza) Chapman
    Major: Special Education
    Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

    Background: Hello!! I am from Spartanburg, South Carolina. I was raised a Clemson fan and I absolutely love being a student at Clemson. However, the College of Education is what really sold me into attending Clemson. I am currently involved in Alpha Delta Pi, Young Life and FCA along with USAB. I love all things Clemson football and anything sweet!

    Why I want to teach: I have always had influential teachers and mentors, with many family members in the education field. I was not completely sold on being a teacher until my senior year. Senior year, I was able to shadow amazing teachers through my Teacher Cadet program. I truly had a cliché "this is what I want to do with my life" moment! After witnessing and experiencing the impacts that passionate educators can have, I cannot see myself doing anything else! My teachers made me feel capable and valued, and I could not be more excited to instill those truths in my future students.

    Goals & Aspirations: At Clemson, I plan to receive certification in Special Education and to minor in Spanish! I would love to eventually receive a Master of Education in Special Education. My dream job is to be a high school self-contained teacher!

    Emily DialEmily Dial
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Summerville, SC

    Background: My name is Emily Dial I'm from Summerville, SC. I was born and raised there, and I grew up with one older brother who graduated from the Citadel.

    Why I want to teach: I want to be a teacher because I want to have an impact on bringing up future generations and be hands on in my community!

    Goals & Aspirations: My goals are to finish here at Clemson and hopefully further my education in the Master’s program. After that I really hope to go on to Tennessee to teach because I have always loved the atmosphere there.

    Lauren FranklinLauren Franklin
    Major: Special Education
    Hometown: Milton, GA

    Background: Hey y'all! My name is Lauren Franklin and I am a sophomore special education major. I am from Milton, GA which is about 40 minutes from Atlanta! My mom graduated from Clemson, so growing up I was always a tigers fan. When it came time to tour colleges my junior year of high school I instantly fell in love with the campus. After attending USAB's Day in the Life of an Education Major event my senior year of high school I was sold on Clemson and the College of Education! Apart from being involved in the College of Education, I am also a member of Alpha Delta Pi and love to volunteer with ClemsonLIFE! I am so excited for this opportunity and GO TIGERS!

    Why I want to teach: Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher because I just loved working with kids so much! I was always babysitting, nannying, and volunteering in my church nursery. After becoming involved as a mentor in the special education program at my high school, I fell in love with the students and program. I knew I was being called to teach special education!

    Goals & Aspirations: I hope to complete Clemson's Teacher Residency program with a Masters in Special Education! I would love to teach special education at the elementary school level. I cannot wait to graduate and start teaching!

    Jasmyne FranksJasmyne Franks
    Major: Secondary Science Education
    Hometown: Beaufort, SC

    Background: Hey my name is Jasmyne Franks! I am from Beaufort, SC, and I am a Secondary Science major with a concentration in Biology. I enjoy learning about the way things work and I love exploring new things. During the social distancing period this past year I acquired some new hobbies like embroidering and reading new books like LIVE by Sadie Robertson. During that time I also started building new habits like creating healthier recipes to eat with my family and working on my fitness routine. I say that because living a mentally and physically stronger life made me stronger academically this year.

    Why I want to teach: As I grow older, I realize being an educator means you get to create an impact in the world. We need more people who are willing to step up and help today’s youth find out what they want to be. In my educational experience, I have seen and felt the impact of my teachers hardworking and dedication. During my first placement sophomore year I got to be a highlight of a students week. I noticed the students I came in contact with gave me a transformational experience where I could get a glimpse of making an impact in someone's life. Being an African American woman, I never saw many teachers that could represent me in the teaching staff of a school. As a perspective teacher especially in a STEM field I want students to be able to see a person of color teaching them. I want students to recognize they have the potential to be anything they want even if they never could imagine it.

    Goals & Aspirations: My goal this year is to get into the Teacher Residency program at Clemson, so I can be the best teacher possible when I graduate. Another goal I have is to create more awareness about social issues in our communities and how they can impact students in the classroom. I aspire to be a teacher in a more diverse area hopefully in the south. I really am open to what the future holds for me, and I hope that wherever life takes me I can lead students to success.

    Kaleigh GeddingsKaleigh Geddings
    Major: Early Childhood Education
    Hometown: Sumter, SC

    Background: My name is Kaleigh Geddings and I'm from Sumter, South Carolina! I'm an Early Childhood Education major and a Sophomore at Clemson. I love Clemson football and spending time with friends and family. It has always been a dream of mine to attend Clemson, so I truly am living the dream!

    Why I want to teach: My mom has been a teacher my whole life, so I've always looked up to her and wanted to do what she does in the classroom. I would always stay after school while she had meetings, help grade papers, and help her make bulletin boards; so, I've always had a passion for teaching. I was a Teacher Cadet my senior year of high school and absolutely loved it. I was placed in a second-grade classroom and haven't looked back since. I love being around children and having the opportunity to help people. I know teaching is where I'm meant to be!

    Goals & Aspirations: My current goal is to get my Master's in Administration and Supervision through the Master's program that Clemson offers. I then plan on teaching second grade for awhile and then moving my way up!

    Skylar Hawkesworth Skylar Hawkesworth
    Major: Special Education
    Hometown: Jupiter, FL

    Background: Hey everyone my name is Skylar! Deciding to go to school at Clemson was the best decision I have ever made in my life and I don't say that lightly! Between the "family-friendly," atmosphere and the magnificent scenery, there is no place like tiger-town. The college of Education has confirmed my career path with it's small class sizes and interactive advisors. Outside of USAB I am also a part of the Clemson Life program and a sorority. I love Saturdays in Death Valley, going to the lake, or driving around campus with friends!

    Why I want to teach: Ever since I was little I have had a passion for teaching. I believe, schooling is the foundation of a child's life. At such a young age they are very impressionable and their experiences early on can shape who they become. I want to teach in order to help children reach their full potential and be someone who is always there for them.

    Goals & Aspirations: My goal after college is to attend graduate school here at Clemson. I want to specialize in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    Erin HelselErin Helsel
    Major: Early Childhood Education
    Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

    Background: My name is Erin Helsel and I’m from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida! I’m an Early Childhood Education major and Nonprofit Leadership minor here at Clemson! On campus, I am involved in Clemson Hope, Reformed University Fellowship, Clemson Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Club Tennis. The community I’ve found through my on-campus organizations and education classes has been such a blessing and I hope to help prospective students find similar unique opportunities and experiences!

    Why I want to teach: My grandma was an incredible elementary school teacher and after she passed away, I wanted to carry on her legacy. In addition to wanting to honor one of my biggest role models, I have a deep passion for serving others, specifically children. Teaching just seemed to be the perfect career path for me to use my strengths to positively impact the world around me! Also, educators have the privilege of mentoring others every single day. I want to do so by showing each one of my students the beauty they possess inside, and by encouraging them to use their talents and passions to reach their fullest potential and make the world a better place.

    Goals and Aspirations: During my time at Clemson, my goal is to spread kindness and positivity to those around me and do my best academically. After graduating with my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, I look forward to becoming a first or second grade teacher and possibly starting a non-profit organization or owning my own small business. Overall, I want to create a fun and welcoming classroom for all students, be an advocate and mentor for children who need someone in their lives, and just use my God-given gifts to help others!

    Abigail HeeneyAbigail Heeney
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Fort Mill, SC

    Background: Hey! My name is Abigail and I am a freshman Elementary Education major. I've loved every part of the College of Education so far and I am so excited to serve on the Undergraduate Student Advisory Board! USAB played such a big role in my college decision because they did such a great job in showcasing the College of Education during my college search. After attending the Day in the Life program, I fell in love with Clemson and all the education program has to offer. A few other things about me- I love painting, dogs, horseback riding, and the mountains! I am also a member of the of the first Teaching Fellows cohort at Clemson and I am eager to see what the program will become! I work at a farmers market and I enjoy volunteering as a camp counselor during the summer! Go tigers! :)

    Why I want to teach: Ever since the third grade, I have wanted to be a teacher! I have had the opportunity to have such amazing teachers, especially in elementary school, who encouraged me to pursue my passions and love learning. During high school, I volunteered at my church and at multiple camps with elementary aged children and I loved every second of it! Taking the Teacher Cadet course and getting to see the profession from behind the scenes confirmed that teaching was the right career for me. I hope to have a positive impact on my future students as my past teachers did for me- I aspire to create a classroom environment where each student knows they are appreciated and cared for as they grow in their learning!

    Goals & Aspirations: After I graduate from Clemson in 2024, I hope to be a part of Clemson's Teacher Residency program and earn my Master's degree! From there, I plan to teach in an elementary school in the state. I cannot wait to see what the future brings for the rest of my college years and my career!

    Taylor LottTaylor Lott
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Florence, SC

    Background: Hi my name is Taylor Lott! I am an Elementary Education major from Florence, South Carolina. After being dragged on my sister’s college tour of Clemson my freshman year of high school, I fell in love with the campus and knew that was where I wanted to go. Since coming to Clemson, I have been involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serve at NewSpring Church. I am so excited for this opportunity and cannot wait to show others why I love Clemson and the College of education so much!

    Why I want to teach: I want to teach because I want to make learning fun for my students. In elementary school I rarely remember times where I enjoyed learning. I also want to teach because I want to be a role model for my students who might not have one in their lives.

    Goals & Aspirations: My goal is to be accepted into the teacher residency program and to graduate with my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Post-graduation I would love to stay in the upstate, teach at a school in Greenville, and adopt a corgi!

    Molly RowanMolly Rowan
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Washington, DC

    Background: Hi everyone! My name is Molly and I'm a junior Elementary Education major from Washington, DC. I've known that I want to become a teacher for most of life, and I am so excited to be working with other future teachers on USAB!

    Why I want to teach: I've always loved working with kids in any capacity, whether it be as a camp counselor, a babysitter, or a tutor. My mom is a first grade teacher, and in high school, I started helping out in her classroom whenever I had a day off school. I was able to see firsthand how good teaching and positive relationships affect elementary school students, which inspired me to become a teacher.

    Goals & Aspirations: I hope to get my master's degree from Clemson and then move back to DC to start teaching.

    Charleigh SprawlsCharleigh Sprawls
    Major: Secondary Social Studies Education
    Hometown: Florence, SC

    Background: My name is Charleigh Sprawls and I’m a Secondary Social Studies major from Florence, SC. Along with being a USAB member, I’m also a SC Teaching Fellow in Clemson’s new program. I love Star Wars, and my favorite tv shows are Once Upon a Time and Call the Midwife. I love Clemson’s education program so much, and I’m so thankful to be serving on this board! USAB is the reason I’m at Clemson, and I hope to create that experience for future students.

    Why I want to teach: I’ve wanted to be a teacher my entire life, even from when I was printing out worksheets, filling them out, and then grading them myself. I became passionate about social studies and political education during my senior year of high school, and that’s when I knew I wanted to teach history. I love social studies classes because they are about the past, present, and future of our world.

    Goals & Aspirations: Some of my goals include getting my Master’s and PhD, and eventually being a superintendent, Secretary of Education, or Congresswoman!

    Kaicee ThomassonKaicee Thomasson
    Major: Secondary Math Education
    Hometown: York, SC

    Background: Hi! My name is Kaicee Thomasson and I'm from York, SC. I have always loved working with kids from being a babysitter, to working at the YMCA, and working at an after school program called GoalPOST through Clemson. Clemson has given me the opportunity to meet new people and experience life outside of a small town!

    Why I want to teach: I want to be a teacher to be an advocate for my students. I want students to want to learn and enjoy learning. I want to be not only a teacher, but someone that my students can come to when they need help or someone to talk too. Being a teacher to me is more than being someone who just tells a student what they need to know, but someone who will support students in all aspects that they need support.

    Goals & Aspirations: I hope to go back to my hometown to teach and give back to the community that has done so much for me. I hope to return to Clemson to pursue a Master’s degree and one day a doctoral degree.

    Rachel WestburyRachel Westbury
    Major: Early Childhood Education
    Hometown: Moncks Corner, South Carolina

    Background: Hey y’all! I’m Rachel Westbury and I’m a sophomore Early Childhood Education major. I was raised in a small town outside of Charleston, South Carolina with a big family. My family and I are huge Clemson fans. I grew up watching football with my dad and hearing about my mom, aunts, and grandpa’s experiences as a Clemson student. I’ve been dreaming of coming to Clemson my entire life. Now, at Clemson, I’m in several clubs, such as FCA and SCAEYC, and I volunteer with Clemson Life. I have enjoyed the education program, so far. During the summer, I work at a summer camp in Charleston, where I get to have many experiences that will help me as a future teacher.

    Why I want to teach: I didn’t always want to be a teacher; I applied to Clemson as a Business major. After taking the teacher cadet program in high school, I instantly changed my mind. I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I loved the children in the class, the teacher, and the routine of the day. I just really enjoyed my time in that setting. The summer before my freshman year, I changed my major to Early Childhood Education. My grandpa, grandma, mother, aunts, and sister, all of which are teachers, were so happy for me that I made the decision to finally be a teacher.

    Goals & Aspirations: I hope to teach in 2nd grade somewhere in South Carolina. In the distant future, after many years of teaching, I hope to one day go back to school and get a Masters in Counseling, so that one day I can help children in an early childhood setting realize their potential in a different way than a teacher can and help them through any problems they face that could hinder their success in and out of school.

  • Contact
    For more information, please contact:
    Michelle Cook
    Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
    105 Old Main
    mcook@clemson.edu

Graduate Student Advisory Board

graduate student advisory board

The mission of the College of Education Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) is to promote the welfare of the graduate student body, to enhance relationships between students and faculty, and to serve as ambassadors for the College of Education.

  • Purpose and Structure

    Purpose 

    GSAB members will do the following:

    • Meet with Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at least once a semester
    • Actively serve on a GSAB subcommittee (e.g., annual Research Forum)
    • Help organize and participate in College of Education recruitment events
    • Serve as ambassadors to the college especially to prospective students
    • Help organize education speakers from within and outside the College of Education
    • Organize a mentoring program for new students
    • Help develop a system to keep alumni connected to the College of Education
    • Identify new initiates needed to recruit new students and to engage current students in the College of Education

    Structure

    The Graduate Student Advisory Board seeks to have one representative from each program that has 10 or more students, but every effort will be made to have representation from each department (2-T&L, 3-EHD, 3-EOLD).

    Teaching and Learning:

    • M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning
    • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

    Education and Human Development:

    • M.Ed. in Literacy
    • M.Ed../Ed.S. Counselor Education
    • M.Ed. Special Education
    • Ph.D. Learning Sciences
    • Ph.D. Literacy, Language and Culture

    Education and Organizational Leadership Development:

    • M.Ed../Ed.S. Educational Leadership
    • Ed.D. Education Systems Improvement Science
    • Ed.D. Student Affairs
    • M.S. Athletic Leadership
    • MHRD Human Resource Development
    • Ph.D Educational Leadership

    Once new members are appointed each October, the board will select a chair and co-chairs to lead each of the subcommittees.

  • Membership and Term

    Membership

    Members must be enthusiastic about the College and willing to share their commitment with others. Members should be interested in governance. The GSAB will consist of a diverse group of education majors, each bringing a unique perspective to the board. To apply, please complete a short application. All GSAB members must be currently enrolled.

    Term

    GSAB members must serve for one year and may serve for up to three years. Terms will run from October to October of following year.

  • Members

    Peyton Bade, Counselor Education: Student Affairs

    Jennifer Bateman, Curriculum & Instruction

    Christian Barrientos, Educational Leadership: Higher Education

    Holly Bearden, Teaching & Learning: Instructional Coaching

    Rachel Biritz, Educational Leadership: P-12

    CJ Bolding, Learning Sciences

    Virginia Clark, Learning Sciences

    Noble Edmisten, Curriculum & Instruction  

    Hope Harris, Teaching & Learning: Experiential Learning in Early Childhood Settings

    Dylan Hays, Counselor Education: Student Affairs

    Markus Howell, Athletic Leadership

    Anna Gray Ivey, Counselor Education: School Counseling

    Rhoda Latimer, Curriculum & Instruction

    Sara McGuire, Athletic Leadership

    Meghan Moore-Hubbard, Curriculum & Instruction

    Rachel Moss, Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    Rachel Onley, Educational Leadership: Higher Education

    Susan Purser, Educational Leadership

    Davida Rogers, PhD in Special Education

    Yamil Ruiz, Curriculum & Instruction

    Jalyn Rutledge, Athletic Leadership

    Suzanne Sciortino, Counselor Education: Student Affairs

    Keilah Shannon, Counselor Education: Student Affairs

  • Contact

    For more information, please contact:
    Jeff Marshall
    Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
    105 Old Main
    marsha9@clemson.edu

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