Spring 2017 Undergraduate Peer Mentors

Howdy! My name is Alexis but you can call me Alex, and I am the loudest and proudest member of the class of 2017! A-WHOOP! I am from Houston, Texas and my major is Interdisciplinary Studies 4-8 English Language Arts/ Social Studies. I hope to teach 8th-grade social studies back in Houston after I graduate. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, dancing, and watching Netflix. This is my second semester as a UPM and I am looking forward to working with Ms. Ribeiro and her INST 362 class!



My name is Ashley, and this is my fourth semester participating in the UPM program! I am a junior in the College of Education, with a concentration in 4-8 language arts and social studies. Other interesting facts about me are that I am a family person, enjoy reading, camping, and hanging out with my family and friends. In the pictures, my sister and fiance are featured because they are my constant support and very best friends. Otherwise, I am just a student and appreciate the opportunity to work and grow alongside talented co-workers.

This semester, I am a UPM for Ms. Carter in two of her 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 Audrey Vincenzo and I am a junior Interdisciplinary Studies (EC-6) major from Northlake, Texas (north of Fort Worth). I love to spend time with friends and family, and one of my favorite things to do is to create art.

I hope to teach in an elementary school one day, especially second grade. One of my major goals as a teacher is to inspire my students to love learning, but I care about kids on a personal level as well. I want to help them reach their full potential and be a positive influence in their lives.

This is my fourth semester working as an Undergraduate Peer Mentor, and I am very excited to be working with Dr. Burghardt and her students in INST 362!



My name is Blair Ikeler and I am a Junior EC (PK-6) major! I am from Mansfield, Texas, which is where I hope to return upon graduation and teach. I also hope to pursue my Master’s degree in Education at some point post-graduation. I have had a passion for teaching as long as I can remember, and I cannot wait to make an impact on all the sweet babies that walk through my classroom door someday. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my adorable cat named Garfield. I also like to watch Disney movies, run, travel, and try out new restaurants!

This is my third semester as a UPM, and I am so excited to be working with Ms. Franks RDNG 371 class. I cannot wait to see what this semester holds!



My name is Haley and I’m a Junior 4th-8th Math and Science major with a minor in Mathematics. I’ve always had a passion for learning and a huge respect for teachers. In high school, I joined the Ready Set Teach program where I got to intern in local Prosper ISD schools and explore an assortment of courses. I also got to compete nationally in my school’s Texas Association of Future Educators chapter. Between my experience in the program and my senior year job at the Reading Ranch tutoring center, I realized that I wanted to spend my career sharing my love for learning with my students.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, binge watching Parks and Recreation, and traveling to mountainous areas. I’m a member of Feminism for Aggies and I own a blue tongued skink named Jerry.

This is my second semester as a UPM and I’m excited to work alongside Ms. Yang in RDNG 372!


Howdy! My name is Kristen and I’m a Junior EC-6th grade education major from Cypress, TX. I hope to teach kindergarten when I graduate. I have a passion for reading and children’s literature! I love Starbucks, traveling, and anything food related – I love to bake! I am looking forward to working with Mrs. Carter’s RDNG 461 class.


Howdy! My name is Merari, and I am from Elsa, TX - a small town located in the Rio Grande Valley. I am currently a junior 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. Oh, and I also love spending time with my family (that’s my brother and sister in the picture by the way)!

This is my second 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 Heather Hall and I am a junior education major with a concentration in 4-8 math/science. 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 second semester as a UPM and I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with Ms. Jiang and her INST 362 class.

Aside from being a UPM, I am also a member of 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 Lawrence Sullivan Ross (but he goes by Sully). 


Howdy! My name is Sierra, and I am a sophomore here at Texas A&M. Ever since I was in kindergarten, I wanted to be a teacher. Years later, I am still pursuing that goal and am more excited than ever to go to school at A&M where I will learn to be the best teacher I can possibly be.

When I graduate, I hope to have a Bachelor’s in EC-6 education and a Master’s in counseling. My dream is to teach 2nd grade in my hometown, which is in Forney, Texas.

In my free time, I like painting, riding horses, writing, playing guitar, and trying all the flavors of snow cones at Bahama Bucks.

This is my first semester as a UPM, and I feel extremely honored to be working with Dr. Boettcher this semester for RDNG 461!


Hi friends!

My name is Chae Kim and I am currently a third year Education major focusing on 4th-8th Language Arts/Social Studies. This is my first semester as a UPM and I couldn’t be more excited to work alongside such great future educators. I enjoy exploring coffee shops, eating food from countries across the world, and just having great conversations with everyone I meet! I hope to teach Social Studies at an inner-city middle school campus in Houston and build relationships with students, parents, and other teachers.

This semester, I am working alongside Mrs. Ribeiro’s INST 362 class and I am beyond thrilled to have this opportunity. Let’s make it a great school year! 


Hello All!!

My name is Emily, and this is my first semester participating the UPM program. I am a junior 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. 


Howdy! My name is Kailey and I am so excited to begin my second semester as a UPM! This is my senior year in the College of Education and am studying Ec-6th. I plan to do my student teaching next semester most likely in the Cypress area. I love spending time with my family, reading, traveling, and playing with my puppy.

This semester I am working alongside Ms. Jiang in INST 362. I look forward to having a great semester! 


My name is Leah Hale and I am a senior Interdisciplinary Studies 4-8 major with a concentration in English Language Arts and Social Studies. I am from the Clear Lake/ Galveston area, and I plan to work somewhere around Houston when I graduate. I love history, so I hope to one day teach in a 5th grade Social Studies class! I enjoy traveling, learning languages, and reading, so I have to recommend 1984 by George Orwell, of course.

This is my first semester as an Undergraduate Peer Mentor, so I am looking forward to working with Dr. Matthews in her Reading 372 class! 


Howdy! My name is Tiffany Gambrel, and I am a junior Interdisciplinary Studies major (EC-6) from Winnsboro, Texas.  I am currently pursuing a 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. During the summer, I work at Camp Deer Run, and I recently returned from a mission trip in Africa. This is my third semester as an Undergraduate Peer Mentor. Working alongside Ms. Middlebrooks in RDNG 371 will be a thrill! 


Fall 2016 UPM Program Coordinator

Howdy!  My name is Dr. Matthews, and I’m thrilled to serve as the UPM program coordinator.  This is my third year at Texas A&M, and though I’ve been away for awhile, Texas is a familiar place because most of my family lives within a few hours of College Station.  We are very connected to the military which means we’ve been fortunate to live and travel to some exciting places.  While I still love to travel, being an Aggie professor is definitely a huge, joyful part of my life.

Our UPMs are very special people who positively impact the lives of Aggie pre-service teachers in profound ways.  They serve as our best ambassadors of writing, and I hope you will seek them out (EDCT 210) and allow them to support your writing process.