Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education Ambassadors
The Dr. Jo 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 Dr. Jo 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 Elizabeth Norvell ’21 is the President.
Meet the 2020-2021 Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education Ambassadors below.
Elizabeth Czenczek ’23 is a sophomore Elon 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 early fields experiences, volunteered with the Village Project, and assisted Parents Night Out. She is excited to serve as a School of Education Ambassador and looks forward to sharing the Education community with more people.
Abbi Decker ’21 is a junior Honors Fellow majoring in elementary education. She is originally from Portland, Oregon and one of her favorite things about the Elon School of Education is how uniquely devoted the community is to undergraduate research and inquiry! For her Honors Thesis, she is currently conducting research on how students explore, communicate, and perform gender in nature-based education settings. Despite the course load that comes with a major in the School of Education, she wants prospective and current students to know that opportunities like research and study abroad aren’t only possible, but incredible supplements to the learning experience here at Elon! Abbi wanted to become a School of Education Ambassador because she hopes to help other students find the same home, family, and endless opportunities within the School of Education that she has found. She’s so excited to represent such an amazing program!
Caroline Durham ’23 is a sophomore 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 sophomore 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 studying abroad in New Zealand, 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 the Examining Disparities in Access of Education Living Learning Community, volunteering as a tutor with The Village Project, and serving as an academic coach for Elon Academy. 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!
Makenzie Mason ’21 is a junior Elon Teaching Fellow, majoring in special and elementary education! She is from Langhorne, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She loves the School of Education because it offers a great sense of community and camaraderie between students and the amazing faculty. The close-knit community fosters incredible relationships with the faculty and staff, long-lasting friendships, and the collaboration skills necessary for teachers to be successful. For Makenzie, it truly feels like home! Through her education at Elon, she has received valuable experience observing and teaching in classrooms across elementary grade levels, as well as attending professional development, and volunteer-tutoring children in the community. She also completed a five-week student-teaching experience in a year 3/4 classroom in Dunedin, New Zealand, through the Teaching Fellows program. These experiences made her a more confident and resourceful pre-service educator! She is so excited to be representing the School of Education, and all of the wonderful opportunities offered at Elon!
Sarah McClelland ’22 is a junior 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.
Elizabeth Norvell ’21, President is a senior Elon Teaching Fellow from Morganton, North Carolina, majoring in elementary education and special education. She is involved in many things on campus, but being an ambassador for the School of Education is one of her favorites! She loves the School of Education because it allows her to build relationships with other students and faculty, gain experiences, and be surrounded by an amazing community of people who wants her to succeed. She’s had many incredible opportunities, including traveling to New Zealand for a semester and spending 5 weeks in a local school, getting to work with children of Alamance county both one-on-and one and in classrooms, and hearing speakers from across the world. In the School of Education, she immediately felt welcomed, and it has become like a second home to her and many others. Elizabeth is so excited to represent such an amazing program, because she truly believes there’s no where else quite like it!
Alice Rickards ’24 is an elementary and special education major and a first 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 Elonthon, Outdoors club, Yoga club and service. 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 sophomore 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. Her love for the School of Education has only grown over this difficult year with remote learning as each and every one of her professors has shown her that they value her education and my experiences, which has successfully made this time a positive experience for her. Caroline constantly feels the love and support of all the faculty, staff and students and she could not be more excited to represent the School of Education.
Abby Saracino ’23 is a sophomore 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 placements 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!
Dierdre Shivak ’21 is a senior Elon Teaching Fellow from Long Island, New York majoring in elementary education and special education. Although she is involved in other organizations, she has never felt more at home than she does within the School of Education and the ambassadors. Dierdre loves the School of Education because it provides endless opportunities, relationships and friendships that will last a lifetime, and pushes you to become a better future educator and a better you! She is so excited to be working with the School of Education Ambassadors to support her peers, future Elon students, and her home away from home!
Heidi Weston ’23 is a sophomore Elon Teaching Fellow from Burke, Virginia majoring in history with teacher licensure and minoring in political science. She 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 college search she knew having the opportunity to study abroad was important to her no matter what university she attended. Elon was the only university she visited where not only are future educators readily encouraged to study abroad, but through Teaching Fellows it is built into the program. This is not the only thing that sets Elon’s School of Education apart from the pack! There are countless opportunities that will help shape students into the best educators possible, such as receiving school placements in the first year of study and tutoring opportunities through the Village Project. She is thrilled to be serving as a School of Education Ambassador and to share all of the wonderful and exciting things the Elon School of Education has to offer!
Maclean Wilson ’21 is a senior Elon Teaching Fellow from Richmond, Virginia. She has known since second grade she wanted to be a teacher and this childhood dream of mine hers is finally becoming a reality! As she was researching colleges, Elon stood out as having an incredible School of Education. In fact, Elon was the only school she applied to because she knew the opportunities at Elon were ones she wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. Elon has more than lived up to her expectations. She is majoring in elementary education and minoring in early childhood education. Maclean has volunteered as a tutor for local preschool students in the Little Village, worked as a tutor and a college access team mentor for the Elon Academy, assisted classroom teachers in local fifth and fourth grade classes and spent five weeks student teaching in New Zealand. Each of these experiences has been invaluable in preparing her for a career working with children. Maclean loves serving as an ambassador for the School of Education so she can spread the word about its incredible opportunities!
Chloe Yoon ’22 is a junior Elon Teaching Fellow majoring in English with teaching licensure with minors in policy studies and poverty and social justice. 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.