Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education Ambassadors

The Watts Williams School of Education Ambassadors are a diverse group of student leaders who represent and serve as a voice for undergraduate students of all majors/minors within the school. Ambassadors host recruitment events/activities and offer support to prospective and fellow undergraduate students while creating a more meaningful experience in the school.

Serving as an Ambassador is a significant honor within the Watts Williams School of Education. Ambassadors will have the unique experience of serving as a student leader and voice for their peers among faculty and staff, and assist the school in recruitment and retention of highly qualified students.

The program advisor is Jennifer Strange and Abby Saracino ’23 is the President.

Meet the 2021-2022 Watts Williams School of Education Ambassadors below.

 

Elizabeth Czenczek ’23 is a junior Elon Teaching Fellow and North Carolina Teaching Fellow majoring in elementary and special education. She is from Richmond, Virginia and has wanted to be a teacher almost her whole life. When coming to Elon, she was excited for the close knit community in the School of Education. She was looking forward to all of the student teaching experience she would participate in to discover the true passion for teaching. She has always enjoyed working with kids and is fascinated by how their minds work. Kids are truly the future of this world and she finds it important to give them all the tools possible in the classroom to be something great. At Elon, she has participated in multiple field experiences, volunteered with the Village Project, and assisted Parent’s Night Out. She is excited to serve as a School of Education Ambassador and looks forward to sharing the education community with more people.


 

Caroline Durham ’23 is a junior Elon Teaching Fellow from Costa Rica majoring in elementary education and minoring in Spanish and TESOL. Though she is involved with several organizations across campus, the School of Education has always been her favorite group of people. Through Teaching Fellows and her time in the School of Education, she has built great relationships with faculty, met some amazing role models, gotten involved in the local community, and been introduced to some of her best friends. She is so excited to share her love of the School of Education with others and cannot speak highly enough of the opportunities Elon can provide. She is so excited and honored to be an ambassador for Elon’s School of Education and is looking forward to welcoming many people into this incredible place.


Alexa Goldberg ‘23 is a junior Elon Teaching Fellow, majoring in mathematics with teacher licensure. She is from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and one of her favorite things about the School of Education is the close-knit community which is fostered by the amazing relationships with the faculty and peers. From completing practicum hours in Alamance County classrooms to hopefully studying abroad this spring, she also loves the School of Education because of the countless opportunities they have provided so she may become a better future educator. While on campus, she is involved in Elon Academy as an Academic Coach and CAT Mentor. She is excited to represent the Elon School of Education as an Ambassador and have the opportunity to share her wonderful experiences and love for Elon’s amazing Education program!


 

Sarah McClelland ’22 is a senior elementary education major. She is from Waxhaw, NC (about 40 minutes south of Charlotte), and is very excited to be able to represent Elon’s School of Education. Although she is involved in other things on campus, Sarah absolutely loves anything to do with the School of Education. There is a real sense of community among the students and professors in this program. As a student, she gets actual experience in local schools and gets to hear first-hand accounts from her professors. She loves that she can ask any Education professor a question, whether they have taught her in class or not, and they are more than happy to help her in any way they can. The mentality in the School of Education is very similar to “no teacher left behind!” Everyone is always willing to offer help and support. Sarah’s is really looking forward to being able to serve this great program by being an ambassador and telling everyone how amazing it is.


 

Alice Rickards ’24 is an elementary and special education major and a second year Teaching Fellow. She is from right outside Philadelphia; however she is loving the North Carolina weather and charm. She is a teacher candidate in the School of Education because of the professor student partnerships, research opportunities, commitment to engaged learning and a phenomenal support system for those passionate about education. She is involved in the Elon Outdoors club, Yoga club and holds a position as a leader for the Service Living Learner Center. She is incredibly thankful to have the opportunity and privilege to be part of the School of Education, Teaching Fellows program and the Elon community as a whole. Alice is excited to take advantage of every opportunity Elon has to offer.


Caroline Sant ’23 is a junior majoring in elementary education with a minor in early childhood education. She is from St. Louis, Missouri and loves the School of Education at Elon because it has provided her with countless opportunities to foster her love of teaching and connecting with others. The School of Education has introduced her to many service programs including the Village Project, the Little Village Project, and Parent’s Night Out. In the fall, Caroline is studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. There, she has the opportunity to complete a practicum in which she will be going into a Danish elementary classroom weekly. Caroline is thrilled to be a School of Education Ambassador and serve this amazing program.


Abby Saracino ’23 is a junior Teaching Fellow from Oxford, Connecticut and is majoring in elementary and special education. The School of Education is one of her favorite places on campus. Through her time spent in Mooney, she has been able to meet some of the most amazing people, been given wonderful opportunities, and felt tremendous support. When she was applying to schools, Elon’s program stood out as having a strong emphasis on giving students as much experience in the classroom as possible, starting with placements in the first or second year. From practicum to tutoring and connecting with the community, to engaging in research and study abroad options, the School of Education has all of the resources needed to prepare her to become a well-rounded educator. Abby is so excited to work as a School of Education Ambassador and represent her home away from home!


Heidi Weston ’23 is a junior Elon Teaching Fellow from Burke, Virginia majoring in history with teacher licensure and minoring in political science. She is studying education because she believes education is the key to building a better world. Heidi is involved with several organizations across Elon’s campus, but being a member of the School of Education is by far her favorite. During her time with the School of Ed thus far, Heidi has been able to conduct undergraduate research, get involved in the greater Elon community via school placements and the Village Project. She looks forward to studying abroad at the University of Glasgow this coming spring 2022.


Chloe Yoon ’22 is a senior Elon Teaching Fellow majoring in English with teaching licensure with minors in policy studies, poverty and social justice, and TESOL. She is the Student Body Vice President for the Student Government Association and works at the Writing Center. She is from Westchester, New York – right outside the city! Chloe is passionate about education reform and policy, and eventually hopes to pursue a career in this sector after teaching. Outside of the classroom, she is an avid reader, writer, and traveler. Teachers are a crucial aspect to the future generations of creativity and innovation. To be a part of this movement is something she looks forward to.