Teaching and Learning Ambassadors

SLU Teaching and Learning Ambassadors
(2018-2019 Ambassadors Pictured Above)


(2019-2020 Ambassadors Pictured Above)

The College of Education and Teaching and Learning Ambassadors assist Southeastern's Department of Teaching and Learning by representing the student population, recruiting prospective students, and promoting the Education department to parents and alumni.

Ambassadors work as a team to be spokesmen/spokeswomen at high school visits, recruiting events, on-campus events and participate in marketing and social media campaigns. Their goal is to enhance the student experience at Southeastern, and often participate in exclusive professional development and promotional activities.  

To apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be full sarte status and maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Must be enrolled in and successfully complete six (6) units per semester at Southeastern
  • Must be a student in good standing and not on Academic, Progress, or Disciplinary Probation or Suspension
  • Must have an updated Education Plan on file at all times
  • Must commit to working a full academic semester

To learn more about how to become an ambassador, please contact Mrs. Elizabeth B. Berry by emailing her at Elizabeth.Berry@southeastern.edu.

If you would like to be an ambassador, click here!


Meet Our Ambassadors


Ambassador DeJuan James

DeJuan James

Hammond, LA
Elementary Education, Grades 1-5

"My name is DeJuan James, aka DJ, from Hammond, Louisiana. I am a senior Elementary Education major, and I am at Southeastern because the environment became a second home for me. The people have been incredibly unique, supportive, and have helped mold me into a better student and leader on campus. 



Ambassador Jessica Nesom

Jessica Nesom

Livington, LA
Middle School Education

"My name is Jessica Nesom and I am from the small town Livingston, Louisiana. I am a senior here at Southeastern, majoring in Middle School Education with a focus in Math and Science. While I did not initially plan on attending Southeastern, I am grateful to have ended up here. I honestly could not imagine attending school anywhere else. I am passionate about my major and excited to encourage others to recognize the importance of passionate educators."

Ambassador Makenzie Plaisance
Makenzie Plaisance

Hammond, LA
Middle School Education

"My name is Makenzie Plaisance and I am from the beautiful town of Hammond, Louisiana. I am a senior here at Southeastern and I am passionate about majoring in Middle School Education with a focus in Science and Math. I have always had a strong interest in science and, after working in a school for a year, I realized I also had a strong interest in educating young people and helping them develop interests for themselves. It is the greatest privilege to help cultivate a passion for learning in students and I recognize and respect the honor it is to be an educator. "


Ambassador Buffy Baker
Buffy Baker

Bogalusa, LA
Elementary Education

"My name is Buffy Baker and I am a senior Elementary Education major from Bogalusa, LA. I was a 2018 Orientation Leader, a member of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, I was a mentor with the Lions Connected program, and I am currently student teaching!  I am very passionate about being able to share Southeastern and the College of Education with future Lions!"

Ambassador Rayelin Hammond
Rayelin Hammond

Slidell, LA
Early Childhood Education

"My name is Rayelin Hammond and I am from Slidell, LA. I am a first semester Junior here at Southeastern, majoring in Early Childhood Education. I came to Southeastern after I attended a preview day and heard amazing experiences from ambassadors. Young children are my passion and I am so excited to get to make a difference in their precious lives! I have learned so much from Southeastern's amazing Education department and I am thrilled to be sharing my experience with others!"

Ambassador Cherokee Collins
Cherokee Collins

Killen, TX
Music Education

"My name is Cherokee Collins, and I am originally from Killen, Texas but moved to Hammond in 2015. I am a junior here at Southeastern, majoring in Music Education but also minoring in Biology. I came to Southeastern, not only for it being so close but for the fact that there are more one-on-one connections with the professors and the family-like feel. I am majoring in education because I want to encourage and inspire the future generations, just like my past teachers have done for me, also I love music and want to share my passion for it."

Ambassador Delaney Inabet
Delaney Inabnet

St. Amant, LA
Early Childhood Education

"My name is Delaney Inabnet and I am from St.Amant, Louisiana. I am a Sophomore here at Southeastern, majoring in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, I would love to get my Masters Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Intervention. I came to Southeastern because I heard how amazing the Education Department was and both of my parents are both Alumni. I chose to become a teacher because of my brother who has disabilities. Watching him grow up has inspired me to be the best version of myself for my future students."

Ambassador Kathryn Leist
Kathryn Leist

Zachary, LA
Elementary Education and Special Education

"My name is Kathryn Leist, but I go by Grace. I am from Zachary, Louisiana but Hammond, America is my second home. I am a Junior and I am also minoring is Family Consumer Sciences. I am apart of KDP and SCEC. I am a campus tour guide and also an Orientation Leader. I was a barista for 3 years at PJ’s Coffee House and now I work at Homegoods. I love to watch Criminal Minds and shop at Michaels and Homegoods. My favorite thing to do is hangout with people that make me happy and have fun together. "

Ambassador Zarhiah Tember
Zarhiah Tember

Houma, LA
Early Childhood Education

“My name is Zarhiah Tember, and I am an Early Childhood Education major from Houma, Louisiana. I am currently a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Student Ambassador, and Secretary for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, and crafting. I’m attending Southeastern because it has one of the best education programs.”


Ambassador tiffany ortTiffany Ort

Denham Springs, LA
Early Childhood Education
My name is Tiffany Ort and I am from Denham Springs, La. I am a senior majoring in Early Childhood Education. I am a married, non-traditional student.  I have a son, a daughter, who is a Southeastern Alumni and currently a teacher, and a younger daughter, who is currently attending Southeastern and will be graduating in May with me.   I am very grateful to have this opportunity to represent Southeastern’s College of Education Department. I feel like I can give back to a program that is helping me become the best teacher I can be. Lion Up!



Ambassador Emma Beckers
Emma Beckers

Loranger, LA
Middle School Special Education

"My name is Emma Beckers, I am a 20-year-old Senior from Loranger, Louisiana. I am currently majoring in Middle School Special Education grades 4-8 with a concentration in Social Studies. I attended Southeastern because it has one of the best education programs in the state and the education department faculty and staff and welcoming and very helpful. Being in the teaching and learning department has helped me grow as an individual to become a better student and peer."

Ambassador Leslie Phillips
Leslie Phillips

Baton Rouge, LA
Elementary Education

“My name is Leslie Phillips, and I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am a junior here at Southeastern Louisiana University, majoring in Elementary Education (Grades 1-5), and also pursuing an add-on certification in English as a Second Language. I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi. I came to Southeastern because of its amazing education program. Southeastern's College of Education program is one of the best teacher education programs in the state of Louisiana. Since the age of five, I have always known I wanted to become a teacher and I saw Southeastern Louisiana University fit to help me accomplish my career goal in such a rewarding profession. I am genuinely passionate about my major, and would like to encourage others who are passionate about the profession of education as well.

Ambassador Daja Johnson
Daja Johnson

Slidell, LA
Early Childhood Education

“My name is DaJa Johnson and I am from Slidell, Louisiana. I am a sophomore at Southeastern, majoring in Early Childhood Education. I came to Southeastern because it has the best education department in Louisiana. I have always known I wanted to be a teacher and had a passion working with young children. Southeastern’s education department felt like home as soon as I got here and continues to help me succeed.

Teaching and Learning Ambassadors Lion Up

(2018-2019 Ambassadors Pictured Above)