Student Ambassadors

Hello everyone! We are proud to represent Teachers College as the Student Ambassadors in the Office of Admission! We would love to connect with you regarding our experiences in the program, at TC and in New York City. To reach us, please email tcstudent@tc.columbia.edu. If you would like to connect with one of us in particular about your program of interest, please include that Ambassador’s name in the Subject Line of your email. We are excited to hear from you!


Isabelle Fisher
School Psychology: Applied Developmental & Learning Psychology - Master of Education

Hi everyone! My name is Isabelle Fisher (or Izzy for short) and I am currently in my first year, studying towards my Masters of Education degree in School Psychology. Originally from New City, NY, I graduated from the University of Delaware with a major in Psychology and minors in Family Services and Leadership. In undergrad, I was a Resident Assistant for three years as well as a Research Assistant in the Peer Relations Lab. I chose TC for a few reasons. The location of TC is awesome! Located in Morningside Heights, there are so many places to explore (Riverside Park, Central Park, the Upper West Side)! I also chose TC because of my specific program. I am on the Board Certified Behavioral Analyst track, which has already given me countless hands-on experiences that I don't think I would have found in other programs. When I’m not studying, I enjoy reading, watching sports games (Go Rangers!), and spending time with friends and family! I hope to see you at TC in the near future, and if you see me around campus, stop and say hi!


Jasmine Hooper
Psychology in Education: General Psychology - Master of Arts

Hello everyone! My name is Jasmine Hooper and I am a first year MA student in the Psychology in Education program at TC! A Baltimore native, I graduated from Spelman College with a BA in Psychology and enjoyed spending a summer abroad studying in Ankara, Turkey. At Spelman, I worked in the Office of Admission as a tour guide and as a resource for prospective students navigating the application process, and I’m thrilled to be able to continue that work in my role as an Ambassador in TC Admissions! I’ve had the pleasure of serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer on a team that worked to implement programs geared towards family enhancement, and I currently act as a Research Assistant at Montefiore Hospital where I am similarly dedicated to helping underserved populations. I was led to TC due to my strong passion for social justice oriented work and am thrilled to be in a community of inspiring individuals who share these values. When I’m not in class, you can find me in a studio pursuing another passion of mine: singing! I look forward to connecting with many of you!


Erin Kelly
Communication, Sciences & Disorders - Bilingual Extension: Dual Certification

Hi there! My name is Erin Kelly and I am a first year student pursuing a MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders with Dual Certification! I’m originally from Media, PA, and I went to the University of Delaware (Blue Hens forever!) where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology and minors in Spanish and Disabilities Studies. Deciding where to attend graduate school is always a nerve-wracking process, but I, without a doubt, made the right choice with TC because I absolutely love the program and all of the people in it! The CSD program provides a strong foundation to become a well-rounded clinician through lectures and ample hands-on opportunities with extremely qualified and successful faculty members. What really won me over, though, was how much every person I came into contact with, whether student or staff, raved about life at TC. Having experienced TC myself now, I can attest that they were not exaggerating!


Alexii Lazaridis
Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Master of Arts with Initial Certification

I am a senior ambassador with one leg in Greece and one leg here in New York City. I grew up in North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) majoring in Political Science and Global Studies. With a major love of travel and a love of United Nations research, I kept my same global theme as I began TC's program in TESOL and Applied Linguistics. Teachers College was an easy decision for me when choosing graduate programs as I loved the focus on both the research and pedagogy. I am a coffee aficionado and have been to all seven wonders of the modern world (and six continents!). A lover of writing and blogging, you can see some of my work on alexandralardis.com or by finding my book 21 & Counting.


Nathan Mullen
International Educational Development - Master of Arts

My name is Nathan Mullen (Nate) and I am a student in the International Educational Development Program with a concentration in Educational Leadership at Teachers College. Although currently living in NYC, I am a Colorado native and die hard Broncos fan! I received my B.A. from the University of Wyoming, where I studied Education and Administration. After my graduation in 2012, I joined the Peace Corps, where I served as a Development Specialist for 27 months in a rural village in Colombia. Upon my return home, I decided to continue my passion for teaching where I taught in Denver Public Schools. My interest to start my graduate degree stemmed from my experience as a teacher and the realization that our communities need stronger administrators to help shift the ways in which public schools approach student learning. I currently am a part of an incredible team at TC, working as an Admissions Ambassador in the Office of Admission, in addition to serving as the Vice President for the Student Senate.


Bobby Robaina
Higher and Postsecondary Education - Master of Arts

Hey everybody! My name is Bobby and I am a first year MA student in the Higher & Post-Secondary Education Program. I am from Chicago, Illinois. I majored in Political Science in undergrad and graduated in 2016. I was involved on campus; I was an RA, I was in student government, I was an office assistant, and I played club water polo. I even studied abroad in Cuba (which was really cool). My college experience was so meaningful that I ended up wanting to have a career in higher education. After graduating, I worked for a year in government affairs before deciding to pursue a master’s at TC. Fun facts: My favorite musical is CHICAGO, I was once chased by a shark in Florida (true story), and I have performed stand-up comedy before.


Joseph Siniscalchi
Teaching of English - Master of Arts with Initial Certification

Hello everyone! My name is Joseph Siniscalchi. I grew up the youngest of four children and the son to a set of incredible, Italian-American immigrants. They instilled a love of Literature and film in me which I took upstate to Binghamton University. After graduation, I worked exclusively in the city on a variety of productions, ultimately, leading me here to Teachers College, Columbia University where I entered the Teaching of English Master’s program. The skills required to be an effective actor translate perfectly into teaching. There is an inherent performative aspect to teaching and I find myself relying on the same techniques I learned on stage to engage my audience. In this case, it’s now students and not disgruntled movie directors. I chose TC because of the resources that were going to be available to me. I can get a world-class education from some of the most brilliant minds in the country. It is truly the land of opportunity. I had dreams before I came here; and now, those dreams have never been closer to my reality.

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