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School of Education

Dean's Dozen (Fall 2017)

The Dean's Dozen, a select group of 12 undergraduates representing the departments in the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, will serve as student representatives on behalf of the school. Their on-going responsibilities will include: assisting with recruitment and retention of students and faculty; representing the school at various campus functions; providing peer mentoring; and serving as ambassadors of goodwill for the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior.

Inducted Spring 2016


Louisa LeCroy

Secondary Education

Inducted Spring 2016

I am a Secondary Education Major specializing in English and minoring in cello performance. I am from the Glen-Ed area and I decided on SIUE when I realized that I had a great University, with an outstanding education program, seven minutes away from my house. I am an education major because I love school, I always have, and I think that there is nothing more worthwhile and rewarding than being a part of a student's growth, both personally and academically. I also hope to one day receive my Master's in Education Administration and become a principal. 


Keelah Washington

Secondary Education

Inducted Spring 2016

I came to SIUE as a traditional freshman to find myself and to do that I needed to leave the comforts of my hometown and city-life behind. So here I am in my second year away from Chicago and I’m happy and thriving! I’ve discovered a passion for teaching so I’ve declared into the Secondary English Education program and it is an awe-inspiring journey. I’m thankful for all of the opportunities the School of Education has afforded me and I am thrilled to spend the next two years of my educational journey surrounded by the people and activities I love.

Inducted Spring 2017


Haley Adrian

Public Health

Hello! My name is Haley Adrian, and I am a junior Public Health major.  I am from Auburn, Alabama and was blessed to find SIUE through an athletic opportunity to play Division I softball.  When I first visited SIUE, I loved the campus, the scenery, the facilities, and the many exciting academic, athletic and extracurricular opportunities that are offered.  I was originally a Business Marketing major; however, I switched to Health Education/Public Health my sophomore year due to my interest in population health.  My favorite thing about the SIUE Applied Health Department is the caring, genuine, and helpful staff.  All of the faculty and staff are always willing to help me, have continually pushed me to do my best to succeed in the classroom, and have encouraged me to pursue my interest in Epidemiology and population health.  When I graduate from SIUE, I plan to get a Master’s degree in Public Health with a specialty in Epidemiology.  Then, I plant to pursue either a PhD or DrPH. My dream just would be to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.  


Emma Bevis

Early Childhood

My name is Emma Bevis, and I am studying Early Childhood Education. I'm from Bourbonnais, IL. I originally chose to take the 4-hour trip down to SIUE because of a scholarship offer, and I chose to stay down here for the entirety of my college career because of the amazing opportunities I have found here. SIUE has become the foundation of my adulthood, and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

I chose to major in Early Childhood Education because I firmly believe that every child has the right to a fully loved and supported life, and I will do everything in my power to advocate for that. 

At SIUE, I am also involved in the Honors Program, Springboard Leader Program, and the Newman Catholic Community. 


Breanna Blackwell

Secondary Education

 My name is Breanna Blackwell, and I am from a small town near Springfield, IL. I came to SIUE as a traditional freshman looking to find what I felt was missing back home. SIUE’s beautiful campus, endless resources, and student diversity have impacted both my educational and personal journeys. Now in my third year, I feel I know whom I am and where I want to go from here. As a Chemistry Secondary Education Major, I hope to make an impact on our future youth the way the faculty here at SIUE has done for so many. When I graduate, I plan to teach in a high-needs school district while pursuing my Masters of Chemistry to work in higher education as a professor.



Alexandra Campbell

Special Education

 My name is Alex Campbell, and I am from Springfield, IL. I am a Special Education major with a German minor. I am in my second semester of the Special Education program. I came to SIUE as a traditional freshman and familiar with the campus because of my older brother who also attended SIUE. I chose SIUE because of the beautiful campus, the welcoming professors, faculty, and the great opportunities the school had to offer. Sense beginning at SIUE I have been able to study abroad in Heidelberg, Germany and work with some amazing students. I selected Special Education because it is extremely rewarding to see a student grow, both personally and academically. I am thankful for all that SIUE has given me and I am looking forward to my senior year and being able to take all I have learned and do what I love after I graduate.


Rachel Gregson

Elementary Education

My name is Rachel Gregson, I am an Elementary Education major. I am from Waterloo, IL. I am a transfer student from SWIC, a community college in the Belleville, Red Bud, Granite City area.  I chose SIUE because of the beautiful campus and amazing professors. I have made so many great connections. I selected this major because I hope to make a difference in children's lives. I am very passionate about teaching. I hope to work with students within grades 1-4. It is my home away from home


Lauren Grossen


My name is Lauren Grossen.  I am veteran, nontraditional, transfer and commuter student here at SIUE. I am pursuing a bachelor in science degree in psychology with a minor in military science. I absolutely love our program and can confidently say that we have some of the brightest, sincerest, and most hard-working professors and faculty that I have had the privilege of meeting. There are numerous opportunities for you to be involved with and really become a part of our program – research opportunities, professional organizations, clubs, and study groups! I have always been confident in that pursuing a psychology degree was exactly what I wanted. After I graduate, I plan to attend graduate school and obtain a master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational psychology. I plan on studying and working with our veteran population. I am specifically interested in improving hiring practices, workplace relationships, and easing the transition from active duty to civilian world for our veterans.  When I am not in class or studying, you can find me at Busch Stadium cheering on the Cardinals, at CrossFit Nucleus, or at home playing with my two puppies. If you have any questions about psychology, what courses to take, our campus, commuting from Saint Louis, transferring, or anything else you can think of – please ask me! I frequently check my email and would love to talk to you about the great opportunities here at SIUE- specifically in the School of Education, Health, and Human Behavior. 


Amanda Hyde


Born in Belize City, Belize, where the culture is inviting and collectivistic, I bring a multitude of characteristics to the campus of SIUE. Being a Nutrition major with a minor in Pre-Nursing, I have been approached with countless barriers scholastically. From joining organizations that have built my teamwork ethic and leadership qualities, I have forced myself to become exposed to different societal groups and defeat societal norms. My intent as a Dean’s Dozen inductee is to set an example for those who believe that they are unable to branch out according to their varying cultural backgrounds. SIUE has equipped me with the resources and opportunities that I believe every student should take full advantage of. Becoming involved socially and academically within the campus community has shaped my intellect in nothing but a positive manner. I hope to expose and encourage others to the various opportunities that the university has to offer and allow them to immerse themselves in their full potential as students pursuing future careers. After graduating, I plan to pursue the Accelerated Bachelors of Nursing Program, while gaining experience as a Registered Dietitian


Mario Kassa

Exercise Science 

My name is Mario Kassa and I am in the Exercise Science program. Presently, I am involved in various programs such as the exercise science club, volunteer at Edwardsville Nursing and Rehab, Keen in St. Louis, and tutor at the Glen Carbon Library. Also, I am minoring in Forensic Science. I am originally from Naperville, IL. I chose to attend SIUE because of the lively faculty, sprawling campus, and the experiential learning component incorporated into the various programs. Almost all my courses involve some sort of hands on or real world applicability. The Exercise science program is great for anyone interested in the human body. The faculty is extremely knowledgeable in their respective field and do a great job of involving students. In my future endeavors, I hope to pursue a career in Occupational therapy. Currently, I am in the process of applying to Occupational Therapy graduate schools. The education I have received in the exercise program has prepared me to succeed in graduate level work.


Leyla Kays

Early Childhood

Hi, my name is Leyla Kays. I am nontraditional student. I am originally from Turkey but Kurdish origin. My major is Early childhood education. Currently I live in Staunton, IL. I live with my two children. My first degree of college was tourism hotel management. Why SIUE? Because it is close where I do live and SIUE is home town.
I am glad I am member of this amazing family.



Colleen Mock


Hello! I am Colleen Mock. I am a traditional college student from Quincy, Illinois. I am a psychology major with a criminal justice minor. I have always been interested in determining what makes people 'tick' and fell in love with psychology when I was a junior in high school. With every class I take, I am more certain of my choice in major. I plan to obtain my PhD in adult clinical psychology. I wish to work either in a forensic setting or with individuals with intellectual disabilities with comorbid mental health diagnoses. I wish to have a balance between research and hands on treatment with my patients once working as a clinical psychologist in either setting.


Rocio Radziszewski

Speech Pathology and Audiology

 My name is Rocio Radziszewski, I was born in Mexico and came to the United States in the year 2001, when I was 15 years old. I lived in the city of Chicago, Illinois until 2014 when I came to SIUE. I am a non-traditional student with two amazing children and an amazing husband. I am a first generation college student and a Junior currently enrolled in the Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Program. I chose to attend SIUE after my husband became a Pharmacy student in the SIUE School of Pharmacy.  SIUE has become a major stepping-stone in my life, I have amazing professors who keep me motivated to succeed. I have made great friends and I have met advisors who help me organize my academic life. SIUE is the type of University that provides its students with a culturally diverse environment, affordable small classes, amazing professors, tutoring and overall the University is always striving to bring more amenities to the students. Thank you for the opportunity of allowing me to express how grateful I am after becoming a student at SIUE. 


Ellie Vondohlen

Secondary Education

 My name is Ellie Vondohlen. I'm a junior from Marshall, IL. I transferred to SIUE after my freshman year and am studying Spanish Secondary Education along with an endorsement in English as a Second Language. I am also a Golden Apple Scholar. My favorite thing about SIUE is the opportunity I have had to interact with people from all different language and culture backgrounds. My college experience here has expanded my worldview greatly. I am so excited about fostering an appreciation for diversity and a love for languages in my future students someday soon.

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