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The following is a list of the current undergraduate academic advisors who serve in the KU School of Education Advising Center and meet individually with students both before admission and once they have been admitted into professional programs offered by the KU School of Education:

Coordinator of Advising
785-864-1964
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 218
Michele Casavant
Director of Advising, Director of MSP Program, Academic Advisor for Foreign Language & Secondary English Majors
785-864-7096
JRP Hall, Room 215

Michele is originally from a small college town in Washington state. She earned her Ph.D. in american studies at KU and wrote her doctoral dissertation on Star Trek; and she continues to be a fan of the show. Michele currently serves as director of undergraduate advising for the School... more

Claudia Dillow | KU School of Education Student Ambassador
School of Education Student Ambassador, Elementary Teacher Education Major, Spanish Minor
785-864-3821

Claudia is a junior from Mission Hills, Kansas studying elementary teacher education with a minor in Spanish. She volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club and works part-time for a stationary store in Kansas City. Claudia is a Pi Phi and loves that KU's School of Education class sizes are never... more

Brett Doze
Graduate Assistant, Academic Advisor for Sport Management Majors
785-864-0670
Robinson Center, Room 130

Brett is an academic advisor for students studying in the sport management major but can also help with all things HSES. Brett has been a Jayhawk fan since growing up in the small town of Syracuse, Kansas, and then he completed his undergraduate degrees in both history and film and media studies... more

School of Education Student Ambassador, Elementary Teacher Education Major
785-864-3821

Sarah is a junior from Littleton, Massachusetts studying Elementary Education. She loves to run and also enjoys teaching cycle classes at the KU Recreation Center. Sarah likes to be involved on-campus, and currently serves on the executive board of the Student Alumni Leadership Board, and is a... more

Briauna Jurgensmeyer | KU School of Education Student Ambassador
School of Education Student Ambassador, Exercise Science Major
785-864-3821

Briauna is a sophomore from Blue Springs, MO studying exercise science in anticipation of physical therapy school. She is involved in Greek life at KU (Kappa Alpha Theta) and loves the opportunity to participate in Natural Ties. Briauna enjoys going to KU basketball games and fell in love... more

Carla Lutcher | KU School of Education
Pre-Education Advisor
785-864-9616
Lauren McEnaney
Academic Advisor, Exercise Science, Degree in 3 Coordinator, KU Edwards Campus
913-897-8522
Regents Center
Felix Sommerville | KU School of Education
Pre-Education Advisor & Graduate Assistant
785-864-9604
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 208

Felix is a graduate assistant, serving as an academic advisor for all pre-education students pursuing teacher education or HSES majors. He completed his bachelor's degree in Spanish education at KU, and after a brief stint teaching middle school Spanish he began working towards a master’s degree... more

Janie Sparks
Student Pre-Education Advisor
785-864-9616
Alea Surender | KU School of Education Student Ambassador
School of Education Student Ambassador, Community Health Major
785-864-3821

Alea is a junior from Wichita, Kansas studying community health. She is a Delta Gamma and her favorite thing about the community health major is that is offers so many options for health careers. Alea wants to pursue a career in global health, and recently participated in a Public Health Brigade... more

Paula Naughtin
Academic Advisor, UEC, Elementary, Middle Math & Science, HPE Majors, Commencement Coordinator, Editor, Jayhawk Educator Alumni Magazine
785-864-3758
JRP Hall, Room 212
AJ Busard
Academic Advisor for Athletic Training, Community Health & Exercise Science Majors
785-864-9858
Robinson Center, Room 130

AJ is the advising specialist for the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences (HSES). Before he was adopted into the Jayhawk family, he played music in the U.S. Marine Corps and then earned a master’s degree in higher education at Western Illinois University. AJ can help students to... more


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