Student Profiles

Programs:

Lydia Anderson

<p>Ive-been-set-on-becoming-a-teacher-forever-and-since-coming-here-I-definitely-feel-supported.-I-get-to-use-my-passion-and-dreams-in-my-classwork</p>

Lydia Anderson has wanted to become a teacher for nearly her whole life. Now a sophomore studying elementary education at Iowa State, Lydia has come a long way since erasing the chalkboard in her first-grade classroom.

Michelle Brackett

<p>“We’re a comfort for undecided students. We’re someone they can talk to if they need anything.”</p>

Michelle Brackett is studying to become a preschool special education teacher. When Michelle isn't studying, she enjoys hanging out with friends and watching The Big Bang Theory.

Riley Drake

<p>“When-I-think-about-the-monumental-task-that-is-facing-educators-I-think-the-only-solution-is-for-us-to-get-uncomfortable.”</p>

Riley Drake plans to work as a professor of teacher education after receiving her Ph.D. When Riley isn't studying, she enjoys playing with her dog, reading poetry, spending time with friends and watching Netflix with a glass of Diet Coke.

Vashalice Howard

<p>“I-want-to-shine-a-light-on-the-older-authors-who-have-done-amazing-work.”</p>

Vashalice Howard plans to start a literacy non-profit that focuses on authorship among diverse K-12 students. In her free time, Vashalice enjoys reading and listening to podcasts.

Doug Elrick

<p>“I-entered-the-Ph.D.-program-at-Iowa-State-so-that-I-could-become-a-better-instructor-and-contribute-to-the-field-through-research-and-development.”</p>

Doug Elrick plans to work as a full-time educator in digital forensics after receiving his Ph.D. In his free time Doug enjoys staying active in his church and helping with the church building, teaching a bible study, and leading a small group.  

Steven Waddell

<p>“Iowa-State-students-and-faculty-are-really-intentional-about-creating-community.-I-feel-like-I-have-a-wealth-of-support-around-me.”</p>

Steven Waddell hopes to one day run his own college. In his free time Steven enjoys photography, writing, video games, basketball, and being vegan. 

Jake Bennett

<p>“I-think-teaching-and-coaching-are-really-unique-positions-because-you’re-able-to-impact-a-person-more-than-any-other-profession.”</p>

Jake Bennett is on his way to being an elementary school teacher and basketball coach. When he isn't studying, you can find him playing pick-up basketball at State Gym.

Sela Hanson

<p>Once-you-get-immersed-into-the-Iowa-State-culture-it-gets-a-lot-easier.-You-find-your-community</p>

Sela Hanson’s on-campus leadership experience sets her apart in the field of elementary education. When she isn’t busy with her extracurricular activities, you can catch her watching YouTube cooking videos, biking, or knitting.

Shelby Dumont

<p>“After-switching-majors-I-am-more-passionate-about-my-classes-and-feel-confident-in-myself.”</p>

Shelby Dumont looks forward to making an impact in the education profession after she graduates. When she isn't growing her skills as an educator, she likes watching Netflix, spending time with her friends, and trying new restaurants.

Karina Stripe

<p>“My-experience-at-Iowa-State-has-only-proven-that-early-childhood-education-was-the-right-career-path-for-me.”</p>

Karina Stripe looks forward to utilizing the unified program Iowa State University offers in her future career as an early childhood educator. When she isn't working with kids, she enjoys spending time with her chocolate lab, reading books, and eating pineapple on her pizza.

Grace Crapson

<p>“Being-a-Cultural-Ambassador-has-been-so-rewarding-as-far-as-I-get-to-help-someone-adjust-to-a-completely-unknown-culture-and-custom</p>

Grace Crapson looks forward to her future as an educator. When Grace isn't doing homework she co-writes short stories with her boyfriend, reads her Bible, or can be found doing her friends' hair and makeup.

Isabella Ellis

<p>“Classes-like-KIN-232-236-and-282-are-classes-that-made-me-feel-more-confident-with-my-teaching-and-with-various-age-groups.”</p>

Isabella Ellis wants to work as a physical education teacher for an elementary school after graduation. Outside of her classes, clubs, and homework, she enjoys reading, watching HGTV, and working out.

Olivia Pierce

<p>“C-I-201-gets-you-hands-on-experience-with-a-lot-of-different-technology.”</p>

Olivia Pierce wants to teach 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade elementary school students after she graduates. Outside of her coursework and her job, Olivia enjoys spending time with friends, working out at State Gym, and spending time outside in nice weather.

Vanessa Kime

<p>“The-APEX-program-is-the-best-decision-I-made-as-an-adult.”</p>

Vanessa Kime wants to use her degree in elementary education to teach all over the world. When she isn't studying, you can find her hanging out with friends, watching movies, or practicing photography.

Amber Holloway

<p>“I-knew-I-always-wanted-to-work-with-kids.-I-wanted-to-make-a-difference.”</p>

After spending time teaching elementary education, Amber Holloway wants to continue her education to become a guidance counselor. In between classes and studying, she enjoys doing yoga, trying out new coffee shops, and hanging out with friends.

Leah Beman

<p>“Volunteering-is-when-I-really-realized-my-passion-and-my-purpose.”</p>

Leah Beman wants to be a special education elementary teacher. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, or drinking refreshers at Starbucks.

Shaohua Pei

<p>My-research-is-focused-on-the-experience-of-international-students-including-the-pathway-to-success-as-well-as-their-struggles</p>

Shaohua "Linda" Pei aspires to become a faculty member or administrator in international higher education. When she isn’t on campus or working on her research projects, she enjoys doing extracurricular activities with her kids or traveling with family.

Cynthia Reyes

<p>“This-program-gave-me-the-opportunity-to-get-a-head-start-on-classes-and-make-new-friends-before-the-school-year-began.-It-definitely-made-the-transition-easier.”</p>

Cynthia Reyes wants to teach kids. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys hanging out with friends, participating in clubs, and dancing.