• Peer mentors standing around the college fountain

    Education Mentors

  • Peer Leaders

As a current Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College student, you can rely on your education mentors to help you learn more about the college, the Teachers College student experience, answer questions about the college, get involved and help you succeed as a Teachers College student. Mentors also promote the Teachers College and host various student engagement events throughout the year. Stay connected with us!

Gabby Altmark

Hometown: Vernon Hills, Illinois

Major: Special Education and Elementary Education

Location: Tempe campus

Career Goals: My career goals include becoming a special education teacher in a high school setting. I would prefer to teach in a self-contained life skills classroom. While teaching, I would like to continue taking sign language classes so I can become fluent. I also want to get my master’s after I teach for a few years.

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? Students can come to me with any question that they have. A few examples of questions might be: How do I pay for college? Where is X located on campus? How do I make an appointment with my advisor? How do I get involved at ASU? How do I maintain balance?

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… My favorite thing about being a MLFTC student is that the small college feel makes going to a big university a lot less scary. It was super easy to find my best friends and be successful in all the education classes.

Hannah Birch

Hometown: Des Plaines, Illinois

Major: Special Education/ Elementary Education

Location: Tempe campus

Career Goals: I would love to be a high school Special Education teacher. More recently, I have started to consider a specific focus on visual and hearing impairments and would love to become fluent in braille and ASL.

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? I would imagine a lot of questions about resources on campus, balancing school and personal life, and questions about MLFTC and specific majors.

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… How diverse the students are and how welcoming everyone is. I have met students from all walks of life and everyone has been so kind.

Paige Ellis

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Major: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Location: Tempe campus

Career Goals: I want to be a speech-language pathologist in the school setting and serve as an advocate for students in need. I believe every student is unique and every student has a voice. I look forward to creating a safe space for students while also helping them reach their goals.

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? New freshman can ask me about ways to get involved in the Teacher’s College. I can also help with any questions regarding Barrett, The Honors College and adjusting to college.

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… All the support MLFTC offers to its students. The college does a great job of creating a community on a very large college campus.

Eduardo L. Gaspar

Hometown: Eloy, Arizona

Major: Secondary Education Mathematics, Minor in Spanish

Location: Tempe campus

Career Goals: I plan to teach my first four years back at home in Eloy, Arizona. As a Secondary Education major, I plan to increase high school graduation rates and make mathematics as simple as possible. In addition, I would love to teach students on how to utilize mathematics and how can it relate to real world problems.

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? My advice to incoming freshman would be to ask me questions about anything. If I don’t have the answers, I’ll be glad to help you find them.

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… The positive vibes that the community brings — everybody wants you to succeed. You will never face things alone.

Luisanna Granillo

Hometown: Nogales, Arizona

Major: Educational Studies

Location: Tempe campus

Career Goals: Postsecondary and higher education is where I feel the happiest and most passionate when it comes to teaching and leading. As a current part-time ASU staff at MLFTC, my career goal is to continue working for the Teacher’s College and seek research opportunities on improving student recruitment and retention. That can involve me in a position as a professor, director, advisor, program coordinator or librarian.

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? I can answer questions about any available ASU resource, America Reads, TRiO and USL. Overall, I’m open to questions about anything, even if it’s to chat about how classes are going or what restaurants are good.

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… I love how small of a community we are because it is a lot easier to foster connections with other students, professors and staff. The community we have makes it easier to feel safe and included at such a large institution like ASU.

Kate Klebosky

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Major: Elementary Education

Location: Tempe campus

Career Goals: I hope to begin my career in education as a classroom teacher in a lower elementary grade. After a few years of gaining teaching experience, I hope to attain a master’s with an emphasis in reading so that I have the ability to move into a reading specialist position within a school.

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? Students are welcome to come to me with questions about MLFTC student organizations, being both a MLFTC student and an Honors College student, and adjusting to life on campus.

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… The community of passionate future educators that I am surrounded by and the MLFTC faculty and staff that are here to offer support.

Raquel “Rocky” Manzanet

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Major: Secondary Education (History)

Location: Tempe campus

Career Goals: Work overseas for the Department of Defense

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? Anything about being out-of-state, using G.I. Bill or military benefits, Barrett, The Honors College, and how to stay busy in Arizona and ASU

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… At such a large university I really love the smaller community MLFTC grants its students. There are always events going on, and many resources to help students with job experience and opportunities.

Alyssa Pierce

Hometown: Agat, Guam

Major: Elementary Education

Location: West campus

Career Goals: My goal is to begin teaching in a classroom setting and to continue my higher education by receiving a master’s in psychology and ultimately becoming a school psychologist.

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? Freshmen may reach out to me anytime and ask me anything about MLFTC and Barrett, The Honors College. I am mainly at West campus so I can also answer any questions about the resources we offer and ways to get involved.

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… Being surrounded by people with the same passions, ambition and goals as myself. In addition, I am grateful for all the support and guidance from other MLFTC students and staff.

Emilee Sallurday

Hometown: Chandler, Arizona

Major: Elementary Education

Location: Tempe campus

Career Goals: I want to be a 1st grade teacher in a Catholic school. I plan on moving to Pennsylvania and working in the school my family attended. I also plan to further my education and come back to get certified to teach at any level or grade.

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? I want new freshmen to feel comfortable talking to me about anything they are stressed about, where they should go for dinner, what kind of school resources they should utilize and anything else they’d like to talk about.

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… The kind and helpful nature of the teachers and my other classmates. This support system really made the transition into freshman year so much easier. I love being surrounded by people with interests similar to mine and similar future plans. It is so nice to talk to people who have the same passion for teaching as I do.

Hannah Scully

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Major: Elementary Education

Location: Tempe campus

Career Goals: After graduation, I want to teach in an elementary school for a few years and eventually go back to pursue a Masters degree. Maybe someday I would like to assist others future teachers in preparing to be in the classroom.

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? Freshmen can come to me with any questions they may have about the ASU freshman experience or MLFTC. I am here to help in any way that I possibly can.

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… I love the small, close community within the larger university that is ASU. I feel very supported and not just a face in the crowd. Professors are so kind and approachable. It’s a great experience, especially coming from out of state.

Sabrina Sugar

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Major: Elementary Education

Location: Tempe campus

Career Goals: After graduation I hope to teach 2nd grade in Arizona. I wish to make learning as fun and exciting as it was for me. After a couple years, I will pursue a master’s degree.

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? I want students to come to me with any questions they have and I will do my best to answer.. Even if they just need someone to talk to, I’m a great listener. I hope students come to me with questions about how to become more involved on campus because that’s always super fun. There are endless opportunities here at ASU.

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… The entire staff never fails to keep me motivated and inspired. Their enthusiasm when teaching is absolutely contagious. It makes me even more excited to inspire my own class someday.

Haylee Thiel

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major: Elementary Education

Location: West campus

Career Goals: I hope to teach first grade and not only have an impact on the kids and their parents but their perception and impression of school/education as a whole. I want to make school a “want to” instead of “have to.”

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? I hope incoming students ask me about different opportunities that can be found and provided through ASU. I hope students come to me about new ideas to make ASU better and stronger as a community, and I hope students come to me to talk about personal things because then I’ll know they are comfortable.

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… I love being at MLFTC because as a teacher you’re already part of a mini-community of people striving to make a difference and wanting something bigger than a job or career.

Rosalind Weber

Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona

Major: Special Education and Elementary Education

Location: Polytechnic campus

Career Goals: I want to teach in a special education classroom with students who have any type of disability.

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? I want students to be able to come to me with any and all questions that they might have to help the students succeed.

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… The support that the staff and faculty give to everyone in the Teachers College. And the community of students majoring in education as we all share a common goal: to make a difference in other people's lives.

Mackenzie White

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona

Major: Secondary Education; History

Location: Tempe campus

Career Goals: I hope to teach history at any Tempe Union High School District school! After a few years of teaching, I would like to pursue a master’s degree in education. I also have a passion for prehistoric life and at some point, I would like to pursue a degree in paleontology.

What are some questions a new freshman should come to you with? I want freshmen to come to me with any question they have. I am always her to help.

My favorite thing/s about being a Teacher’s College Student is… I love how connected MLFTC is. Since we are a smaller community, it is easier to make lots of friends. Our academic advising is super helpful and our professors are passionate about their jobs. You can definitely see the enthusiasm for teaching here.

Gabby Altmark

Major: Special Education and Elementary Education

Location: Tempe campus

What was the first MLFTC class that got you excited? SPE 222: Orientation to the Education of the Exceptional Child. My professor was so enthusiastic about teaching and had a true passion for special education. She made me want to finish college as fast as possible and continue on my path of being a special education teacher.

How do you meet new and like-minded people? By attending events and club meetings that I have a passion for. It is super easy to find people with the same passion as you by joining these clubs.

What are some questions a new freshmen should ask you? Freshman should come to me with any questions they have, regardless of what they are. A few common questions I typically receive are: What is it like being an out of state student? How and why did you pick your major? How do you find someone who is familiar with (advising, finances, wellness, etc.)?

You can do a lot with an education degree. What do you want to do with yours? With my education degree, I want to teach special education in a high school life skills classroom.

America Cardenas

Major: Secondary Education, English

Location: Tempe campus

What was the first MLFTC class that got you excited? The first class that got me super excited about being in the MLFTC was TEL 111: Exploration of Education. It was my first MLFTC class and it just reassured my love for teaching. We talked about classroom demographics and different types of school — it was such a great class.

How do you meet new and like-minded people? I lived on campus and met a lot of people who are now my best friends. I also met people by being a part of the Teacher's college council and joining Greek Life.

What are some questions a new freshman should ask you? How do I get involved in clubs? How do I get involved in Greek life? How do I set up an appointment with my professor? Where can I get Starbucks? How do you organize your planner?

You can do a lot with an education degree. What do you want to do with yours? I plan on becoming an English Language Development teacher in the classroom and potentially go back to school to become a high school principal.

Eddie Cervantes

Major: Secondary Education, History

Location: Tempe campus

What was the first MLFTC class that got you excited? SPE 222: Orientation to the Education of the Exceptional Child. This class got me excited about being able to help students with disabilities, to help them succeed while reminding them they aren't different from anyone else.

How do you meet new and like-minded people? By putting myself out there. Going to events or starting conversations with people in classes.

What are some questions a new freshman should ask you? Freshmen should ask things such as, how to get involved in the college because so much is going on all the time, and ask for help when they know they need resources but aren’t sure which ones are available.

You can do a lot with an education degree. What do you want to do with yours? You can develop curriculum for the classroom, work at a daycare or get into the administrative side of education.

Antonise Crane

Major: Secondary Education, English

Location: Tempe campus

What was the first MLFTC class that got you excited? It was a class I took my second semester of freshman year. It was RDG 291, Children's Literature with Lana Haddy. Even though I am a secondary education major, this class provided me with a lot of different techniques on how to read to a full class of students.

How do you meet new and like-minded people? By getting involved within the Teachers College. This can be by going to the events student organizations organize or just hanging out in Farmer. I also meet people by getting to know my peers through class or group projects.

What are some questions a new freshman should ask you? Any question that a new freshman may have, I am here to answer! Questions ranging from living on campus to eating at the dining hall to questions about classes and professors I recommend and professors, I’m happy to answer.

You can do a lot with an education degree. What do you want to do with yours? With my education degree, I would like to start off as being a classroom teacher and then eventually move up to working in administration.

Emma Gould

Major: Secondary Education, History

Location: West campus

What was the first MLFTC class that got you excited? My history classes got me very excited about being at MLFTC. It furthered my desire to teach the subject and explore new avenues of learning so that I could inspire the same kind of love for history that I feel.

How do you meet new and like-minded people? I meet new people by going to club meetings at West and going to events on campus.

What are some questions a new freshman should ask you? Any kind of question about West campus, questions about how to live the best possible college life and any question they have about how to reach their fullest potential.

You can do a lot with an education degree. What do you want to do with yours? I want to continue to learn as much as I can and one day get my PhD to teach in college.

Madilyn Holam

Major: Special Education and Elementary Education

Location: Tempe campus

What was the first MLFTC class that got you excited? SPE 222: Orientation to the Education of the Exceptional Child. This was the first special education course I took at ASU and it was an amazing experience. I learned so much from the course and it really validated my decision to go into special education.

How do you meet new and like-minded people? By being outgoing and open minded. I love to meet new people and connect with others. Going to new events and simply starting a conversation with someone is a great way to meet friends in college.

What are some questions a new freshmen should ask you? Freshman can come to me with any type of questions they might have about campus life. They can ask me questions about school work, courses and campus resources. ASU has so many great resources for students, they should be utilized.

You can do a lot with an education degree. What do you want to do with yours? I plan on getting my master’s in administrative work. I eventually want to be a principal in an elementary school.

Brooke Johnson

Major: Early Childhood and Special Education

Location: Tempe campus

What was the first MLFTC class that got you excited? TEL 111: Exploration of Education. Dr. Ludlow is amazing and the way she lead her class was very efficient. I loved having her as a professor.

How do you meet new and like-minded people? In the Teachers College! Last year I was able to meet lots of friends in the dorms.

What are some questions a new freshman should ask you? Anything! Questions about dorm life, anything related to MLFTC, questions about classes, advising, etc.

You can do a lot with an education degree. What do you want to do with yours? With my education degree, I want to be a first, second or third grade teacher.

Marissa Martinez

Major: Elementary and Special Education

Location: Tempe campus

What was the first MLFTC class that got you excited? SPE 222: Orientation to the Education of the Exceptional Child. Professor Atkinson gave us different scenarios for the classroom which really helped us to relate to being a teacher and realize the different situations that we are going to face. This class also had students who weren't in the education field so it brought diversity to the class.

How do you meet new and like-minded people? You just have to become friendly and enthusiastic when you talk to people. Usually you have to be the one to initiate conversation. I am so shy at times but I swallow my shyness and take that leap of faith to connect.

What are some questions a new freshman should ask you? Where's the MU? How do I time manage? What do I need to do to be successful? What is the First Year Success Center? How do I get involved? What other things can I do on campus?

You can do a lot with an education degree. What do you want to do with yours? I plan on teaching 4-6th grade elementary for a couple years or teach special education 9-12th grade.

MJ O’Gara

Major: Special and Elementary Education and Psychology

Location: Tempe campus

What was the first MLFTC class that got you excited? SPE 222: Orientation to the Education of the Exceptional Child. I learned, in-depth, about special education and that there’s a large spectrum of what this includes. This class expanded my knowledge on what I hope to pursue in teaching.

How do you meet new and like-minded people? I attend clubs and activities that interest me, which leads me to meet others who are also interested in those things.

What are some questions a new freshman should ask you? Where are great places to study? Where is the best place to get a latte off and on campus? How do I stay organized with so much going on?

You can do a lot with an education degree. What do you want to do with yours? After I graduate, I would love to be a classroom teacher and then go on to receive my master’s in counseling. This would give me an open door to becoming a guidance counselor in elementary or middle school.

Hannah Scully

Major: Elementary Education

Location: Tempe campus

What was the first MLFTC class that got you excited? RDG 563: Children’s Literature. It was exciting for me to explore a genre that I love and to see it in a new light.

How do you meet new and like-minded people? Freshman year I started meeting new people by going to the club meetings I found interesting. I also made sure to go to events organized by housing and the education mentors at the time.

What are some questions a new freshman should ask you? Anything they might need help with. I am here to assist or connect freshmen to resources within MLFTC. I can help with organization skills, emailing professors, finding clubs and activities to participate in, and more.

You can do a lot with an education degree. What do you want to do with yours? I am very excited to one day be a classroom teacher and eventually help teach other new teachers.

Rosalind Weber

Major: Special Education and Elementary Education

Location: Polytechnic campus

What was the first MLFTC class that got you excited? SPE 222: Orientation to the Education of the Exceptional Child. This is the introduction to teaching students with disabilities class. I was excited to take this class because I want to teach people with special needs.

How do you meet new and like-minded people? Joining a club is one of the best ways to meet people.

What are some questions a new freshman should ask you? I want students to be able to come to me with any and all questions that they might have to help the students succeed.

You can do a lot with an education degree. What do you want to do with yours? I want to teach in special education classrooms.

Jacqueline Williams

Major: Elementary Education

Location: Tempe campus

What was the first MLFTC class that got you excited? TEL 101. This is because my professor was extremely helpful and made the classroom environment fun. He taught us valuable information and knew how to make us excited for our future by sharing personal stories.

How do you meet new and like-minded people? Going to the Teachers College Council meeting. Everyone who attends those meetings has the same passion: education. All of the members are very inviting and love to get to know each other.

What are some questions a new freshmen should ask you? Freshman should come to me with questions like: I am really stressed out with my course load, what should I do? How can I get more involved at MLFTC? How can I stay organized? Where can I go to get extra help with my classes? Where are the best places to study and do homework around campus?

You can do a lot with an education degree. What do you want to do with yours? Besides being a teacher in the classroom, an education graduate can work with non-profit organizations, in the office as an administrator, become a school counselor, etc.