Student Ambassador Profiles

Shayan Alavynejad

Shayan Alavynejad
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!

Norman Alvarez sitting indoors.

Norman Alvarez
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.

Perla Aramburu photo portrait

Perla Aramburu
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 portrait.

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.

Elya Kandahari standing outside in a field.

Elya Kandahari
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! 

Tae-Hee Kim portrait.

Tae-Hee Kim
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.

Ann Rainey portrait.

Ann Rainey
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.