Meet the Fall 2017 Undergraduate Peer Mentors!

My name is Amanda, and I am a 4-8 Language Arts and Social Studies major from Bernardo, Texas.  During my time at Texas A&M I have tried a few different majors, but thankfully found my home in the College of Education.  Teaching is absolutely my vocation in life and I cannot wait to begin my journey!  

When I’m not in class you can find me spending time with my godson, reading a book, baking cookies, singing in my church choir, traveling, or playing with my kittens.  I also super enjoy cracking jokes and learning about life with my granny; she is my best friend. 

This is my first semester as a UPM and I look forward to working alongside Dr. Burghardt in INST 362! 



My name is Ashley, and this is my sixth semester participating in the UPM program! I am a senior in the College of Education, with a concentration in 4-8 language arts and social studies. I look forward to teaching in my own classroom in just one year from now! I appreciate this opportunity to work so closely alongside professors and peers in the College of Education. Being a UPM has been a unique opportunity that has allowed me to share and hone my strengths in reading and writing, all the while growing in my weaknesses of public speech and reaching out to others first (as I am quite the introvert).  

This semester, I am the UPM for Mrs. Carter’s two Reading 461 sections. It is an honor and a pleasure to work with Ms. Carter and her students. I look forward to a great semester! 



My name is Bry-Alika Rideb, or you can simply call me Bry. I am a senior Science for Secondary Teaching major from San Antonio, Texas. This is my first semester as a UPM and I’m excited to work with Dr. Davoodi in INST 362! 

In high school, I witnessed how an effective teacher can change a student’s pathway in life and I’ve been hooked ever since! With my degree I plan on helping build up the next generation of inner-city students in San Antonio. Outside of school, I like to enjoy a relaxing movie or de-stress with workout at the gym. Although I’m not particularly good (yet), photography is a hobby that has grown on me over the past year. Above all else I strive to make each day the best day it can be. 

I look forward to working, and learning, with you all. 


Howdy! My name is Caitlin, and I am a Middle Grades 4-8th Language Arts and Social Studies Major from San Antonio, Texas. I have a passion for teaching and children. I taught at a Montessori school after high school, before college, and learned a lot about different teaching methods. I have chosen to become an educator to help those students who have learning disabilities and are considered the “bad kids”. Many of my family members have learning disabilities and have inspired me to be an advocate for them in the classroom.  

In my free time, I enjoy reading, yoga and spending time with my sweet husband. During the summers, we like to travel and work for a Christian camp back home. This is my first semester as an Under-Graduate Peer Mentor. I am looking forward to working with you all this semester! 



My name is Chae and I’m a Senior 4th-8th Language Arts and Social Studies major. I am a Houstonian that enjoys spending time drinking coffee and catching up on the latest Criminal Minds episodes. Becoming an educator is truly one of the greatest opportunities that God has placed in my life!  

In my free time, I enjoy journaling, trying out different local restaurants, and visiting state parks. I am a Breakaway volunteer and have been serving alongside the Reach Team for the past 5 semesters!  

This is my second semester as a UPM and I’m excited to work alongside Dr. Burghardt for INST 362! 



My name is Diana, and I am a senior Interdisciplinary Studies major, with a concentration in middle grades 4-8 ELA & Social Studies. I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. My path in becoming a teacher stems from my love of learning and it’s one that has been very rewarding. I hope to obtain a Masters in Speech Pathology in the near future. 

My family is the most important thing to me and without them I wouldn’t be here at TAMU. My twin brother (wearing a hat in the picture) and I are first generation college students thanks to the support of our family. When I’m not stuck with my head in a book or busy with homework, I will most likely be spending my time with them! 

This is my first semester serving as a UPM and I looked forward to the opportunities this semester will offer! 


Hello All!!  

My name is Emily, and this is my second semester participating the UPM program. I am a senior in the College of Science majoring in Mathematics and minoring in secondary STEM education through the aggieTEACH program. I am from San Antonio, Texas and am a die-hard Spurs fan. I love running, riding my bike, and making up fun recipes in the kitchen. I have included two photos above with each of my parents. My mom and dad have taught me the importance of hard work, dreaming big, and loving others well. I would not be the individual I am today if it were not for their guidance, grace, support, and love. I am excited for the upcoming semester and cannot wait to see all that I will learn.  


Hello! My name is Haley, and I’m a Senior 4th-8th Math and Science major with a minor in Mathematics. I started exploring education through the Ready Set Teach program at my high school and through an assortment of tutoring positions. I realized that I wanted to spend my career sharing my love for learning with my students. 

In my free time, I enjoy reading, advocating for social rights, and traveling to mountainous areas. I’m an officer for Feminism for Aggies and I own a blue tongued skink named Jerry. 

This is my fourth semester as a UPM and I’m excited to work alongside Dr. Fields in RDNG 372! 


Howdy! My name is Heather, and I am a senior education major with a concentration in 4-8 math/science. I’m currently in senior methods and am looking forward to doing my clinical teaching in Leander ISD next semester. After graduation, I hope to teach middle school science for several years before obtaining a master’s degree and pursuing a principalship. This is my third semester as a UPM, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Burghardt and her three sections of INST 362. 

Aside from being a UPM, I am also a member of the Hullabaloo Band, the official pep band of A&M volleyball and basketball. When I’m not busy with school stuff, I enjoy spending time with friends, playing video games, and doing anything outdoorsy. I also have a ‘kitten’ named Sully who is two years old. 


Howdy! My name is Jessica, and I am a senior EC-6 interdisciplinary studies major from McKinney, Texas (just North of Dallas). I've wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, and I am excited to be getting close to making this dream a reality. I hope to teach kindergarten or first grade. I truly believe in the influential power of a teacher which fuels my passion to make a difference in the lives of my students.  

First and foremost, I am a Jesus follower, and I enjoy spending time with my church community. I also enjoy reading, crafting, and spending time with friends and family.  

This fall. I will be assisting in INST 362 with Dr. Cassell. This is my first semester as a UPM, and I am very excited to see what is in store. 


Howdy! My name is Kiet, and this is my first semester as a UPM! I am a Interdisciplinary studies major with an emphasize on 4th-8th grade Math/Science. I will start clinical teaching Spring 2018! 

I felt called to teach sophomore year of high school due to great mentors. This lead me to choose the following career path. I want to start in outdoor education and camp ministry once I graduate. I enjoy being playing my ukulele and hammocking.  

This fall, I will be a UPM for Ms. Razmeh’s INST 362 class!!! I look forward to further my experience as a future educator this semester!  



My name is Kristen, and I am a Senior EC-6th grade Education major from Cypress, TX. I have been a UPM for RDNG 461 for five semesters now and am excited to work with Ms. Moody’s section this semester. I am passionate about children’s literature! I own over 200 children’s books which I am excited to use in my future classroom. I have wanted to be a teacher my entire life, and I am excited to be completing my clinical teaching in the spring. After graduation, I hope to teach kindergarten in Cy-Fair. I aspire to one day obtain my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis. In my spare time, I enjoy watching Grey’s Anatomy, drinking Starbucks, spending time with my friends, shopping, baking, and traveling. I am looking forward to a great semester!  


Howdy! My name is Megan, and I am a senior English major from Galveston, TX. This semester, I'm enjoying my Junior Methods classes and (sadly!) completing my major coursework. My free time is packed with Olympic weightlifting workouts, church events, and soccer games to watch. After I graduate, I plan to attend Texas Bible Institute in Columbus, TX. Then, I’d like to spend the first years of my career in a middle school English classroom. I didn't decide to teach until changing my major to English, but now I know teaching is part of my calling. Mirabile dictu! 

This is my first semester as a UPM, and I will be working with Mr. Scaramuzzo’s RDNG 371. This semester is going to be great! 


Howdy! My name is Merari, and I am from Elsa, TX - a small town located in the Rio Grande Valley. I am currently a senior Interdisciplinary Studies major with a focus on 4th-8th grade language arts and social studies, and I couldn't be happier. Being a teacher has always been what I wanted to do because, from a young age, I understood what an incredible difference educators can make. 

In my spare time (which doesn't happen very often), I like to watch movies, go shopping, scroll through Twitter and Pinterest, read, and catch up on Netflix. 

This is my third semester working as a UPM, and I am excited to see what this semester brings me in terms of working with Dr. Cassell and her INST 362 class. Thank you! 


Howdy! My name is Sierra, and I am a junior EC-6 major. I am from a small town called Forney, which is northeast of Dallas. I love food, naps, fall, art, music, my friends, family, dog, and Hobby Lobby. One day, I want to teach second grade in my hometown, and later, I plan on getting my Masters in school counseling. I’m so excited to be a part of such a great program for my third semester in a row! 



My name is Stephanie, and I am from Friendswood, TX. I am a senior education major (4-8 ELA/SS). I am passionate about pouring into middle school students and I am hoping to teach 7th grade English. After teaching for a while, I hope to make the transition into full-time missions to work with education systems in other parts of the world.  

In addition to school, I teach at an early learning center, work retreats at Sky Ranch, and serve within Impact. In my free time, I love spending time with my friends, reading, and drinking coffee.  

This is my first semester as a UPM and I am excited to help with Ms. Geng’s class!  


My name is Tiffany and I am from Fort Worth, TX! I am studying Math & Science 4-8 with hopes to one day teach a sixth-grade science class. This is my very first semester serving as a UPM and I am so excited to see what lies ahead of me in the future! I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and working with Dr. Matthews to help benefit the students taking RDNG 372 this semester. 

I have a big, extended family that I love spending time with when I make it back to the DFW. I am the oldest of 5 kids! My siblings are Macky, Maddie, Jillian, and Jaxon, and I have been dating my boyfriend for 5 years (crazy, I know). His name is Steven and we have two sweet kitties, Bear and Oliver. I enjoy reading, cooking new dishes, watching Game of Thrones, and hanging out with my cat buddies. One of my favorite things to do is eat food, so if anyone would like to go out to eat sometime and try new foods, let me know! 


¡Hola a todos! My name is Tiffany Gambrel, and I am a senior Interdisciplinary Studies major (EC-6) from Winnsboro, Texas.  I recently completed my minor in Spanish, and I also hope to attain a Master’s degree in either administration or counseling. Upon graduating from Texas A&M, I plan to teach at a low-income school. The importance of empowering the next generation cannot be understated, and I am thrilled to enter the field of education in order to transform children into leaders.  

In my spare time (which rarely occurs) I enjoy dancing, painting, reading, and running. Another passion of mine is mission work. I enjoy both local and international mission work. During the summer, I work at a Christian camp known as Camp Deer Run in my hometown. Internationally, I have been to Honduras and Africa to serve the children there. This is my fourth semester as an Undergraduate Peer Mentor. I look forward to working alongside Dr. Matthews in RDNG 461!