They’re educated, they’re motivated, and they want you. The College of Education Ambassadors are nine of Sam Houston’s own Education majors and minors seeking potential individuals with the passion of pursuing a career in education.
Brandi Kelly, coordinator for the College of Education Ambassadors, has dedicated the remainder of the Fall 2009 semester to bringing in new members as well as gaining exposure for the organization and the College of Education . The Ambassadors are currently reaching out to local schools in the Huntsville area as well as other schools around the state of Texas.
“Within the next few weeks we’re going to be visiting Huntsville High School, Willis High School, and Aldine High School,” Kelly said. The Ambassadors have even reached out to students just beginning the road to education.
“We’ve given tours to fourth graders around the College of Education,” Kelly said.
In order for students to be considered as an Ambassador, they must be at least a sophomore with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A majoring or minoring in education. In addition to the standard requirements and having great references from professors, there are other qualifications must have for consideration.
“You have to be a self-starter, really dedicated to education itself, you have to be out-going; you have to be able to go into a room with 150 students and get your message across,” Kelly said.
It has already been a year since Genevieve Brown, Dean of the College of Education and sponsor Ken Hendrickson established the organization. In that span, they have reached over 400 students through presenting at grade schools to reaching out through campus functions such as Bearkat Family Weekend and presenting to the Sam 136 classes.
The Ambassadors are currently planning to read to kindergarten students at the Huntsville library, and are looking forward to a Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, CA as well as preparing to present at more schools.
“We’re looking forward to getting our name out and establishing ourselves as a leadership organization,” Kelly said.
The organization provides a vast amount of opportunities in furthering the careers of their members, some ranging from networking to getting practice in speaking in front of a classroom setting.
“They get to work real closely with Dean Brown and the College of Education. We work really closely with professors and networking-they’re getting to go to different high schools it’s a great opportunity to meet people in their field,” Kelly said.
Whether your passion is in Math, English, or Science, the College of Education Ambassadors wants to encourage those who have the drive for gaining knowledge as well as sharing and enriching the minds of future students.