Team Leaders 2018-2019

The Team Leader program at the Burnett Honors College became an important component of the Honors Symposium course during the 1996-1997 academic year.  The program recruits outstanding honors students at the sophomore through senior levels to serve as role models and guides for first-year Burnett Honors Scholars.  Each Team Leader is selected on the basis of a rigorous process that includes group interviews, an evaluation of academic standing, leadership in other areas of the university life, and a three-day training. In addition, Team Leaders attend various meetings and trainings throughout the fall semester in order to gain a better understanding of their role in Honors Symposium.

During the fall semester, Team Leaders serve as teaching assistants for the Honors Symposium course and as mentors for groups of 15-20 first-year BHC Scholars.  Team Leaders are responsible for:

  • Leading breakout discussions with their team members following each lecture
  • Monitoring their team members’ assignments and attendance
  • Organizing various social and cultural events for their team members
  • Serving as liaisons between the Burnett Honors College and their students
  • Participating in a leadership development retreat and weekly meetings

The principle behind the Team Leader program is simple: to provide an example of an involved, successful student.  Each Team Leader has her or his own insights and brings to the Honors Symposium course a unique perspective that will help to shape the first-year experience for our Honors students.

There are many reasons why honors students are interested in serving as a Team Leader.  The Team Leader program is a preeminent opportunity for honors students to:

  • Work together as colleagues to meet common goals
  • Develop leadership skills including communication, public speaking, group facilitation, critical thinking, and problem solving
  • Become involved in both the UCF and broader Orlando community
  • Network with faculty, community leaders, and business professionals
  • Form meaningful friendships
  • Experience working administratively with a university course

An Honors Team Leader is:

  • An active and involved member of the UCF community
  • Dedicated to helping other students succeed
  • Approachable and assertive
  • Comfortable leading difficult discussion and speaking in front of their peers
  • Creative thinkers

The Team Leader application and selection processes occur during the spring semesters.


Team Leaders help to facilitate learning outcomes by:

  • Being available to students
  • Upholding the tenets of the UCF creed
  • Setting an example for student success and academic involvement
  • Helping students make healthy and responsible decisions
  • Creating and maintaining an appropriate professional relationship with students
  • Fostering a learning environment that includes building a sense of community within the classroom, encouraging reflection and growth, and active engagement in class activities
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Abdullah Saqib

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Mariah George

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Zeynep Elshaer

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William Johnson

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Tara Rutkowski

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Sean Hinkle

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Scott Buksbaum

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Samantha Berg

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Robert Smith

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Riley Havel

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Rachel Casey

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Padma Ganduri

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Moises Lobaton

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Michele Guillard

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Martha Grudens

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Marissa McNeil

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Lia Fiore

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Ali Trombetta

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Jake Shipe

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Cameron Levine

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Corey Clancy

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Denielle Abaquita

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Emily Gorden

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Harrison Crawford

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Jackie Baron

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Jasmine Masri

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Lauren Brown

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Jesse Harris

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Jessica Gass

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Jordan Bateh

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Jordan Collins

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Kaitie McPhee

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Zoe Smith