Student Profiles

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.

Samantha Hirschman

<p>“I-want-to-lead-with-compassion.-It-all-comes-down-to-people-for-me.”</p>

After graduation from Iowa State University, Samantha plans to work for a small, liberal arts institution in an office for career services, academic advising, or accessibility services. When Samantha isn't studying, she enjoys putting puzzles together and spending time with her family and her partner, Emanuel.

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.