Student Ambassadors



A Student Ambassador for the College of Education (COE) professionally and proudly represents the student perspective of the college to prospective and new students and family, the University of Arizona community, and other groups/organizations as called upon. Ambassadors communicate and present information as needed at various programs and events (e.g., Arizona Experience, Arizona Road Trip, and other recruitment events, career fairs, new student orientation). In exchange, Ambassadors are provided with skill development and leadership opportunities. Being a Student Ambassador is an honor that reflects academic rigor, leadership, and a commitment to higher education. Meet members of our UA College of Education Ambassadors committee below.

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Lanaiya Coakley

Lanaiya Coakley (La-nay-ya) (she/her/hers) is from Tucson, Arizona and is studying mild to moderate disabilities. In her junior and senior year of high school, she was a peer mentor to students with disabilities. During her senior year, she shadowed multiple teachers in the special education department at her school and through that experience she saw a behind the scene look at what teachers experience everyday. This includes their interactions with students and other teachers, lesson planning, modifications and more! Throughout this experience Lanaiya found her passion for teaching. She is also an Army brat so she has moved and traveled quite a bit. Lanaiya has lived in 5 different places including Belgium, Germany, North Carolina, Maryland and now Arizona. As an ambassador, her goal is to help and welcome students into the college of education and help and support students all throughout their college journey.

Bethany Horton

Bethany Horton (she/her/hers) was born in Atlanta, Georgia but has grown up all over the Southeast and now Arizona. Only living here for a few years now, Bethany has found a home in the desert and a home here at The University of Arizona. She is currently studying Mild-Moderate Disabilities with a minor in Educational Psychology with the plans of becoming a high school Special Education teacher. During her time here at The University of Arizona, Bethany hopes to prepare for her future, make memories, and share her love for the university as an ambassador.

Hayley Motika

Haley (she/her/hers) is originally from Pottsville, Pennsylvania but has lived in Tucson since 2012. Tucson has become her home and is so proud to be a Wildcat! Hayley is currently studying for a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education at the University of Arizona, graduating in May 2024. Her first job was at a preschool during high school senior year. She worked in a Pre-Kindergarten classroom for two years and her experience teaching as an assistant teacher influenced her choice of major. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and pets, enjoying the cooler weather in Mount Lemmon, and exploring the paths as well as the Cookie Cabin!

Roarke Poggio

Roarke Poggio (she/her/hers) is an Early Childhood Education major from Scottsdale, Arizona. She has been volunteering with kids and students for several years through church and school organizations. She is excited to attend the U of A, and especially as an Honors student and COE Ambassador. She is passionate about being an influential teacher in the classroom and encouraging other Wildcats to be the best they can be!

India Sachar

India Sachar (she/her/hers) is from York, Pennsylvania, and moving across the country to attend the University of Arizona has been the most exciting and rewarding experience. She is majoring in Elementary Education (ESL) with a minor in Spanish. She has always loved working with and teaching kids through swim lessons, summer camps, and child care, but she did not enter college as a COE student. When she decided the College of Education was the place for her, she felt immediately embraced by the community. After graduation, India hopes to teach abroad, so she can travel forever! As an ambassador, India hopes to present the same welcoming energy she received to prospective UofA and COE students.