Undergraduate

Undergraduate Studies

PEAR Mentors

Olivia Castro, Marquette University College of Education Student

Olivia Castro
olivia.e.castro@mu.edu

Majors: English and Secondary Education

Hometown: Elkhorn, WI

MU Activities/Student Organizations:
Secondary Coordinator for the College of Education Student Council
In Pi Beta Phi (Sorority)
Marquette University Chorus

Service Projects you have been a part of:
Hunger Clean Up
Urban Connection

What do you do in your spare time?
Read
Sing
Hang out with friends

What is your favorite thing to do at Marquette?
Going to the Men’s basketball games

What made you decide on education?
What made me decide on Education was when I was able to be a Teacher’s Aide the second semester of junior and the second semester of senior year of high school, and seeing each student improve with my help. Also, going through my first year of Education classes with Marquette really helped me decide that education was the right path for me.

Anna Concannon, Marquette University College of Education Student

Anna Concannon
anna.concannon@mu.edu

Majors: Elementary Education and Sociology

Hometown: Pleasant Prairie, WI

MU Activities/Student Organizations:
STAR (Students Taking Active Roles), College of Education Student Council (Elementary Coordinator), Habitat for Humanity, Residence Hall Association, intramural tennis, Golden Eagle Games

Service Projects you have been a part of:
Tutoring for children with the Milwaukee Tennis and Education Foundation, Hunger Clean Up, Urban Connection, HALLoween (RHA), Abbottsford Hall Tours

What do you do in your spare time?
Going for a run, riding my bike, playing Frisbee or talking with friends, working out, reading, listening to music, watching movies.

What is your favorite thing to do at Marquette?
Taking advantage of being in the city! I love to run by the lake and get away from the busyness of the city. Going out to eat at new places and exploring the Third Ward are other things I enjoy doing in Milwaukee.

What made you decide on education?
When I started at Marquette, I was in the Education program because teaching was something I had always been interested in. I love working with children and I want to make a difference in their lives.  However, I was not certain teaching was right for me. After taking a few Education classes, working with kids in school, and talking to many people about career choices, my confidence about being a teacher has risen and I now know that it is what I am meant to do.

Melissa Gaseor, Marquette University College of Education Student

Melissa Gaseor
melissa.gaseor@mu.edu

Majors: Elementary Education and English

Hometown: Norridge, Illinois

MU Activities/Student Organizations:
Member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority
Member of Marquette College of Education Student Council
PEAR Mentor
Student Worker at Marquette University Child Care Center

Service Projects you have been a part of:
Hunger Clean-Up
CAR: Champions are Readers

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, working out, shopping, and reading

What is your favorite thing to do at Marquette?
My favorite thing to do at Marquette is spend time with my friends and explore Milwaukee.

What made you decide on education?

I decided to go into Education because I love working with children, and I have been inspired by many of my great teachers. In addition, I want to make a difference in the lives of my students and prepare them to succeed in their future endeavors. Marquette’s College of Education has provided me with the opportunities to achieve these goals.

Kelsey Hau, Marquette University College of Education Student

Kelsey Hau
kelsey.hau@marquette.edu  

Majors: Elementary Education and Communication Studies

Hometown: Fairview Texas (north of Dallas) 

MU Activities/Student Organizations:
Marquette University Dance Team, Marquette University Residence Life, College Against Cancer, Relay for Life Executive Board, Alpha Xi Delta

Service Projects you have been a part of:
Relay for Life
Make a Difference Day

What do you do in your spare time?
Most of my spare time is spent dancing or working. I also love to read and watch movies.

What is your favorite thing to do at Marquette?
Marquette basketball games!

What made you decide on education?
I believe that everyone should have an education experience where they walk into the classroom and fall in love with learning. I didn’t have this experience until my high school junior English class and it sincerely changed my life. I want elementary students to have this experience when they are younger so they have their entire childhood to grow and learn as a student. I want to help them achieve this and truly be the difference in someone’s life.

Jordan Kohut, Marquette University College of Education Student

Jordan Kohut
jordan.kohut@marquette.edu

Majors: Secondary Education and Writing Intensive English

Hometown: Woodstock, IL

MU Activities/Student Organizations:
Writing Center tutor and EOP tutor

Service Projects you have been a part of:
Hunger Clean-up

What do you do in your spare time?
Running, Golf, Writing, Reading, spending time with friends

What is your favorite thing to do at Marquette?
When it comes to studying, one of my favorite things to do is study outside by the St. Joan of Arc chapel. When it comes to leisure, I enjoy going to either the annex or Sobelmans with friends.

What made you decide on education?
I came into Marquette knowing I was interested in studying English and I had an immediate interest in Education. After learning about the College of Education and taking a couple classes in education, I came to the conclusion that Marquette’s College of Education was a great track for me to take. The great professors and amount of hands on experience you receive in the College of education is both encouraging and enjoyable.

Alexandra Labeots, Marquette University College of Education Student

Alexandra Labeots
alexandra.labeots@marquette.edu

Majors: Mathematics and Secondary Education

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL

MU Activities/Student Organizations:
I am on the Marquette Dance Team. I am also on freshmen orientation staff as a program assistant.

Service Projects you have been a part of:
When I was in high school, I was part of cross country and track and we volunteered at marathon races in Chicago. I am also a life time member of Girl Scouts. I volunteer at Girl Scout events such as the 100th anniversary celebration of Girl Scouts.

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like to go running or dance with my team. I also have television shows I like to catch up on after doing a lot of homework. I really like to spend time with my friends and just hangout

What is your favorite thing to do at Marquette?
My favorite thing to do at Marquette is being able to go to the basketball games. Even though I am required to go because of dance team, they are so much fun.

What made you decide on education?
I decided on education because I wanted to give back to people and I felt like teaching would be the best for me and my personality. I had great teachers in high school and they influenced me even more to want to become a teacher. Ever since I was little, I have always wanted to be a teacher.

Kelly Martin, Marquette University College of Education Student

Kelly Martin
Kelly.martin@marquette.edu

Majors: Elementary/Middle School Education and English

Hometown: Muskego, WI

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like to spend time with my friends and family. I am extremely family oriented. On the weekends, I usually go back to my father’s house to spend time with him. Beyond that, I love going to Marquette Basketball games, playing video games, and watching TV. I also work at the Marquette University Child Care Center during the school year and part of the summer. Occasionally I put in the effort to go work out at the Rec Center.

What is your favorite thing to do at Marquette?
My favorite thing to do at Marquette is spend time outside with my friends. I love being part of the large gatherings of people that sit on the grass in Central Mall and study or hang out. I really enjoy just walking through campus in the evenings, as well.

What made you decide on education?

When I came to Marquette, I was debating between being a Physician’s Assistant and a Teacher. I spent my first semester as a Biomedical Sciences Major and realized that it was not for me. The classes were not interesting, and I came to realize that I wanted to be a PA for the money and to help people. Putting aside my selfish desire for money, I switched majors second semester in order to become a teacher. By being a teacher, I can still help people and do something I really enjoy, which is more important than money. I know that teaching is the right choice for me because I enjoy my classes, I love Field Experience, and most of all I love children.

Meghan Mountin, Marquette University College of Education Student

Meghan Mountin
meghan.mountin@marquette.edu

Majors: Elementary Education with English 

Hometown: Park Ridge, IL

MU Activities/Student Organizations:
College of Education Student Council, Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Autism Speaks U, MARDI GRAS, Habitat for Humanity, Hunger Clean Up, Make A Difference Day, Yoga Club

Service Projects you have been a part of:
One service organization that I am apart of is MARDI GRAS. MARDI GRAS is an organization of students who go down to New Orleans, LA several times a year. Specifically, the organization works on various service work for homeowners and groups of people who are in need of assistance down there. Another service project that I work on every year is Hunger Clean Up. Hunger Clean Up is a university wide service day committed to helping the Milwaukee community by cleaning up garbage, waste, and overall, combating hunger and homelessness.

What do you do in your spare time?
I love to exercise, especially running so I try and run every day down to the lake. One of the reasons I love Marquette is that Lake Michigan is so close! I also love spending time with friends and family. I love children so whenever I can babysit I love to spend my free time doing that. I enjoy reading very much, as well, especially in the summer time. Lastly, I love to shop; I love keeping up with the latest trends and styles!

What is your favorite thing to do at Marquette?
My favorite thing to do at Marquette is Tuesday night mass at 10 p.m. at Joan of Arc chapel. I have been going to Tuesday night mass every Tuesday since freshman year. This mass used to be said by Fr. Naus, however he retired last year so now Fr. Santos and Fr. Hendrickson say the mass. The music is absolutely beautiful and it is a great time to reflect on my week and take time for myself.

What made you decide on education?
I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in first grade. My first grade teacher, Ms. Chilver is a phenomenal teacher and it was being in her class that made me decide I wanted to become a teacher. I love children and want to help them succeed in school. I have had so many wonderful teachers as well as several aunts and cousins who are teachers so I decided that I wanted to be just like them and teach. Since it has always been my dream to become a teacher I am so fortunate that I have been able to be in Marquette’s College of Education because it is a phenomenal program!

Catherine Nelson, Marquette University College of Education Student

Catherine Nelson
catherine.nelson@marquette.edu

Majors: Elementary Education and Psychology

Hometown: Arlington Heights, Illinois

MU Activities/Student Organizations:
I am a part of the Marquette Mardi Gras student run organization.  This organization visits New Orleans 4 times a year and helps with rebuilding houses for the residents of New Orleans post Katrina.  I have been a participant on 3 trips so far.  I am also a part of the Center for Urban Teaching, which is currently becoming more popular on Marquette campus.  The center is attempting to recruit more individuals who have a passion to teach in an urban setting and learn more about it. 

Service Projects you have been a part of:
Besides my service trips to New Orleans through Marquette Mardi Gras, I have also been a part of the service learning program.  I volunteered at the Milwaukee Women’s Center through service learning and continued to volunteer there several semesters following my freshman year.  I also volunteered to be a participant in Relay for Life, and helped raise money for a cure for cancer. 

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to be with my friends for the most part.  I love exploring new restaurants downtown Milwaukee, going bowling at the annex, or seeing a good movie with my friends.  When it is warm out, I love running to the lake and going to the beach.  Many times I enjoy relaxing in my spare time and catching up on some of my favorite television shows such as How I Met Your Mother or Law and Order SVU. 

What is your favorite thing to do at Marquette?
My favorite thing to do at Marquette is go to Sobleman’s to eat with some of my friends or attend the lively Tuesday night masses at the Joan of Arc chapel. 

What made you decide on education?
I knew I wanted to follow a career that involved changing the lives of children.  I had the opportunity to do a teaching practicum in high school and instantly knew teaching was my calling and something I had become extremely passionate about.  Children are our future and I want to be to be a part of leading them down the right path to a successful future.

Stephanie Nicoletti, Marquette University College of Education Student

Stephanie Nicoletti
stephanie.nicoletti@marquette.edu

Majors: Elementary Education and Psychology

Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL

MU Activities/Student Organizations:
As a freshman I participated in the leadership program STAR, College of Education Student Council, and work in the Office of Admissions.

Service Projects you have been a part of:
I
have participated in Hunger Cleanup, which is a campus wide day of service where Marquette Students go to different sites around Milwaukee to help serve. I have also just volunteered on campus, for example at Open Houses and College of Education sponsored events.

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and friends, run, cook, and read.

What is your favorite thing to do at Marquette?
I love to go to the basketball games during the season; the school spirit at Marquette is amazing!

What made you decide on education?
I had decided on education when I was in high school because I had a teacher who suffered from muscular dystrophy. For having her disorder, she did so much and was always so positive. She showed me that I can do whatever I set my mind to, no matter how difficult it may be. I want to teach my future students these same principles that she taught me.

Kelley Probst, Marquette University College of Education Student

Kelley Probst
kelley.probst@mu.edu

Majors: Secondary Ed./History/broad field social studies minor

Hometown:  Knoxville, TN

MU Activities/Student Organizations:
MU Honors Program
COE student counsel
History honors program
After-School Arts and Tutoring program

Service Projects you have been a part of:
Service learning at Notre Dame Middle school and Martin Luther King Elementary
Growing Power
Milwaukee Tennis and Education Foundation tutoring

What do you do in your spare time?
Yoga
Outdoor sports
Hang out with friends
Marquette Late Night events

What is your favorite thing to do at Marquette?
Go out and enjoy the city. Marquette is such a great part of the Milwaukee community, and I like to go out and experience all of it especially the lake.

What made you decide on education?
I loved school, and I liked to learn. I wanted to be able to keep doing what I love and help other future students find what they love to do. I actually started wanting to go into counseling but found my passion in education and teaching.

Amy Rendino, Marquette University College of Education Student

Amy Rendino
amy.rendino@marquette.edu

Majors: Elementary Education and Psychology

Hometown: Mount Prospect, IL

MU Activities/Student Organizations:
I am a member of the Marquette Wind Ensemble and Pep Band, a member of NRHH, a former Hall Council representative, and I work in a Residence Hall.

Service Projects you have been a part of:
I have volunteered at the annual Hunger Clean-Up, the Adult Learning Center, the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, and my hometown’s annual Relay for Life.

What do you do in your spare time?
I love to meet up with friends at the Brew between classes, and take walks to the lake, particularly if it’s snowing!

What is your favorite thing to do at Marquette?
My favorite thing to do at Marquette is to go to basketball games! Our school has such a great energy leading up to March Madness, and if we do really well, I travel with the teams to some of the tournaments!

What made you decide on education?
I came to Marquette unsure about my major, but in my second semester I switched to elementary education because of something I was told by an education professor: “We don’t teach because we want to. We teach because we have to.” The passion to teach comes from within you, and is something you can’t ignore!

 

Want more information about the PEAR Program? Contact Tina McNamara at tina.mcnamara@marquette.edu


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