Student Ambassador Profiles
My name is Shayan Alavynejad, and this is my fourth year at UC Davis. I am studying biology and planning on applying to medical school next year. I am very grateful to be a part of the CalTeach/MAST program. I have had the amazing opportunity to work with teachers in local schools, learn about effective teaching strategies and the California education system, and make a wonderful group of friends! I encourage you to explore the CalTeach/MAST program and to get involved! Go Aggies!
Hello. My name is Norman Alvarez. I am a Senior at UC Davis studying Biological Sciences, with a minor in Education. I plan to become a high school Life Science teacher in the near future. I have an active role in the education community as I am currently the club president of the CalTeach/MAST Educators Club (CMEC), member of the SCTA, and a tutor for Pandemic Professors. I am the Student Administrative Assistant and Head Student Ambassador for CalTeach/MAST Program. Being part of CalTeach/MAST has given me opportunities to educate our community about the services we offer and make connections with past, present, and future educators.
Welcome everyone! My name is Perla Aramburu. I am a transfer student in my 5th and final year as a Secondary and General Mathematics major with a minor in Education. I’m grateful to be part of the CalTeach/MAST Program as a Student Ambassador and as Vice President of the CalTeach/MAST Educators Club (CMEC). I aspire to be a middle school math teacher or a professor at a community college or a university. I hope to obtain my teaching credential, along with either a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in mathematics.
Jose A. Guzman
Hey Everyone! I’m Jose Guzman, a Senior at UC Davis earning a Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior. I am a member of CalTeach/MAST Program working through the TED lab as a research assistant in the UC Davis School of Education. I am working towards becoming an Emergency Medicine Physician working in the ED department. My goal is to receive a Master’s in Public Health and become an MD. Throughout my high school and college career, I’ve focused on helping minority populations and working to improve my community. I hope to help bridge the gap for vulnerable populations and their accessibility to healthcare.
Hi everyone! My name is Elya Kandahari. I am a 2nd year Chemistry major here at UC Davis. My educational and career goals include receiving a Ph.D. in Chemistry and pursuing a tenure track faculty position. I currently serve as a Student Ambassador for the CalTeach/MAST program, and I am the secretary for the CalTeach/MAST Educators Club (CMEC). My involvement with CalTeach thus far has allowed me to find my calling towards science education, and I hope to help others do the same!
Hello! My name is Tae-Hee Kim, and I am a second year Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior major with a minor in Education. I am currently a recruitment officer for the Student California Teachers Association (SCTA), work as an undergraduate assistant at the Sacramento Area Science Project, and serve as a Student Ambassador for the CalTeach/MAST Program. I plan on pursuing a Master’s degree in Education, and my goal is to teach science to high school students. As a future teacher, I hope to create an environment where the learning, creativity, and well-being of each and every student are prioritized.
Hi, my name is Ann Rainey. I am a senior Mathematics major and Education minor at UC Davis. My goal is to become a high school math teacher. As a student with dyslexia, I have struggled in school, and my passion is to make learning accessible and enjoyable for all students, particularly those with learning differences. As a Student Ambassador for the CalTeach/MAST Program, a lead mentor for the BETA Lab, and the treasurer for both the Student California Teachers Association (SCTA) and the CalTeach/MAST Educators Club (CMEC), I have gained experience working with students of all ages and backgrounds.