Welcome College of Education Students!

We are so excited to welcome you to the 2021-2022 academic year at the University of Maryland, College Park. It is lovely to see all of you back on campus this year, and we know that your presence is a meaningful contribution to our close-knit COE community.

After a year and a half of being together virtually, the Peer Advisors are working hard to create opportunities where students can engage with their peers in the college now that we are back on campus. To achieve this goal, we will organize events in order for education majors to connect here on campus, and hold office hours in the Student Services office of the College of Education to assist with any questions about the College of Education and student life! The Peer Advisors each have 5 hours of drop-in office hours a week, and all questions are welcome!

Throughout the year, please contact us with questions, ideas, and feedback! You can email  educpeeradvisors@umd.edu to quickly connect with a Peer Advisor and receive guidance from a peer during these uncertain times.

Best Wishes,

COE Peer Advisors


Ayla Dawsey, Elementary Education
Jackie Flam, Middle School Math & Science 
Claire Nelson, Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education
Diti Shah, Elementary Education
Emma Taylor, Human Development
Sophia Waltz, Special Education



Our Undergraduate Peer Advisors are the face of our College to prospective students and their families, new incoming students and current UMD students. The College of Education Peer Advisor Program is run through the Office of Student Services and is a yearlong leadership internship offering undergraduate students the opportunity to become student leaders within the College and University and earn experience working with the advising department. During the first semester, students will participate in a 3-credit course designed to establish leadership skills, train Peer Advisors on the College’s undergraduate programs and policies, and prepare students to  participate actively and knowledgeably at recruitment events, such as the annual Fall Open House, Admitted Student Open Houses and the First Look Fair, College of Education Orientation and paraprofessional activities within the College. The peer advisors are given the opportunity to gain experience working to help advise fellow peers, giving advice about programs and opportunities.

In the Spring semester, students will participate in a 3-credit course designed to reinforce skills, concepts and practice gained in the first semester through active involvement in Open Houses, Workshops, Recruitment Events, Office Hours, the COE Newsletter and capstone projects.

The College of Education Peer Advisor Program is an invitation-only program that requires students to have at least a 3.4 GPA. Invitations will be sent out in Spring 2022 to those that meet this criteria. 

Scavenger Hunt: Thank you to everyone who came out to our Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday October 20th after the Ice Cream Social! This event was a great opportunity for students to connect with the peer advisors and other students within the College of Education. 

Major Exploration Workshops: Peer Advisors assist with the Office of Student Services in the College of Education to host MEWs, or Major Exploration Workshops, for individuals interested in switching their major toone within the College of Education. There are multiple MEWs throughout the semester, and they are hosted via zoom. The link to sign up for a workshop is: www.go.umd.edu/COEMEW 

Stay tuned for more events for the 2021-2022 Academic Year!

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To speak with your College of Education Peer Advisors, please email  educpeeradvisors@umd.edu, or stop by the Office of Student Services (Benjamin Building 1204) during one of the Peer Advisor’s office hours.

Meet Your Peer Advisors! 


Ayla Dawsey (she/hers)

Ayla Dawsey

Fall 2021 Office Hours: Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm and Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm

Ayla is a Junior Elementary Education major from Baltimore, Maryland. Her favorite spot on campus is Mckeldin mall in the grass because it’s always so nice to sit outside there, especially in the shade, and you can see so much of campus and people walking around. A fun fact about her is that she likes making her own jewelry. 


Jackie Flam (she/hers)

Jackie Flam
Fall 2021 Office Hours: Monday 12:30pm-2:30pm and Friday 12:00pm-3:00pm

Jackie is a Junior Middle School Math and Science Education major from Baltimore, Maryland. Her favorite spot on campus is the baseball stadium because baseball is her favorite sport and she likes going to watch their games in the Spring. A fun fact about Jackie is that she loves to draw!




Claire Nelson (she/hers)

Claire Nelson
Fall 2021 Office Hours: Monday 10:00am-3:00pm

Claire is a Junior Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Major from Silver Spring, Maryland. Her favorite place on campus is Hornbake plaza because she loves all the trees and benches, especially in the fall. A fun fact about Claire is that she is in a Shakespeare club here at Maryland!




Diti Shah (she/hers)

Diti Shah
Fall 2021 Office Hours: Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm and Friday 10:30am-1:30pm

Diti is a Junior Elementary Education major from Clarksburg, Maryland. Her favorite spot on campus is Mckeldin Mall because she spent a lot of time there with friends during her freshman year and it’s the heart of campus. A fun fact about Diti is that she has been to 30 out of the 50 states.




Emma Taylor (she/hers)

Emma Taylor
Fall 2021 Office Hours: Monday 9:00am-12:00pm, Tuesday 9:00am-12:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm

Emma is a Senior Human Development major from Fallston, Maryland. Her favorite spot on campus is the trees behind Oakland Hall because they are a great place to hammock. A fun fact about Emma is that she loves sushi and is always looking for new sushi spots!




Sophia Waltz (she/hers)

Sophia Waltz
Fall 2021 Office Hours: Monday 11:00am-12:00pm, Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm, Thursday 12:00pm-1:00pm

Sophia is a Junior Special Education major. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but moved to Baltimore, Maryland when she was young. Her favorite spot on campus is the garden of the memorial chapel on South Campus. There are these benches hidden in the garden and she loves sitting there and enjoying the weather! A fun fact about Sophia is that she can speak German, and she loves to cook!