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Applications are closed for Fall 2022 Team Leaders.

What is the Team Leader program?

The Team Leader program at the Burnett Honors College became an important component of the Honors Symposium course during the 1996-1997 academic year. During the fall semester, Team Leaders serve as teaching assistants for the Honors Symposium course and mentors for groups of 15-20 first-year BHC Scholars. The Team Leader 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, and leadership in other areas of the university life. Team Leaders attend a three-day retreat in order to gain a better understanding of their role in Honors Symposium. Additionally, they attend weekly meetings to discuss and learn how to better serve and support the students in their break out groups.

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

More about Team Leaders

Honors Team Leaders are:

  • Active and involved members 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

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

Check back during Spring for information regarding Team Leader applications.

Your 2021 Team Leaders!


  • Moises Lobaton
    Hospitality Management
  • Jake Blendermann
    Health Sciences
  • Jonathan Gitzendanner
    Aerospace Engineering
  • Mackenzie Daniels
  • Maggie Baker
    Industrial Engineering & Mathematics
  • Maggie Messer
    Emerging Media
  • Patrick Sullivan
    Secondary Education
  • Rotem Miara
    Psychology & Theatre
  • Sallyrose Savage
    Public Administration
  • Sophia Bonebrake
    Health Sciences
  • Taylor Haycock
    Political Science
  • Timothy Blanchette
    Health Sciences
  • Allison Turner
    Music & Computer Science
  • Daniel Traczyk
    Aerospace Engineering
  • David Katz
  • Denielle Abaquita
    Computer Science
  • Henry Keating
    Writing and Rhetoric


  • Lia Fiore
  • Jordan Sammarco
    Biomedical Sciences
  • Julian Guerra
  • Kayla Vonder Embse
    Business Economics
  • Marley Albright
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Meghan Howell
    Advertising and Public Relations
  • Noah Stadelmeyer
    Industrial Engineering
  • Jonathan Baran
    Health Sciences
  • Brandon Greenaway
  • Cameron Garrow
    Legal Studies
  • Daniel Thew
    Computer Engineering
  • Declan Carter
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Emily Whitt
    Biomedical Sciences
  • Emma Wood
  • Gregory LaFary
  • Hannah Edmonds
    Industrial Engineering