The Ball State University Foundation Top 100 Student Awards recognizes 100 outstanding junior and senior undergraduates at Ball State University who represent Beneficence both in and out of the classroom. We are thrilled to highlight the winners from Teachers College. First up is senior Abbey Armstrong.


Elementary Education with concentrations in mathematics and psychology/counseling, and a minor in counseling.

Projected Graduation Date:

May 2024


Jasper, IN

What made you choose Ball State?

I chose to attend Ball State University because of the amazing education program. I knew that I would have numerous opportunities for community service and experience with students. I also fell in love with the campus and student life starting with my first visit. I definitely do not regret my decision – I love it here!!

Are you involved with any campus organizations?

Yes! I currently hold the following roles:

  • President of Education in Action
  • Vice President of Kappa Delta Pi
  • Member of Cardinal Teacher Corps
  • Mentor in the Future Educators Peer Mentoring Program

What made you want to become an educator/teacher?

I have always wanted to teach, but that passion has just grown as I have gotten older. I want to impact the future generations and share the passion for learning that I have acquired over the years. I have also found teaching to be one of the most fulfilling professions, and I am excited to continue building relationships with students and families in the coming years. The fun thing about elementary education is we have a huge chance to shape our students into good citizens and good human beings, along with the core curriculum. I am extremely passionate about social-emotional learning, so that will play a huge role in how I run my classroom.

Do you have any plans for what you would like to do after you graduate?

I plan to teach in Indiana, but I am flexible on the exact location. Ideally, I will have the opportunity to teach middle elementary grades (2-4), but I am open to anything! I also plan to earn a graduate degree in either School Administration or School Counseling. I can’t decide between being a school counselor or a principal in the future.

Do you have any hobbies? If so, what?

I have recently taught myself knitting and embroidery. I also love cleaning and organizing! However, I don’t have much free time, so I often spend the time I have with my friends or family.

Fun fact about yourself:

I teach band in my hometown, and my band won the state championship this year!

Is there anything else you would like to add? Any fun projects you are working on? Favorite class/professor?

I am currently in the MICC (Mathematics in Cultural Contexts) Program. This is a great immersive learning experience. It’s even better because the best Elementary Education professor is leading it, Mrs. Janet Jenkins!

Congratulations Abbey!

Congratulations to all of the Teachers College Top 100 Students:

*Abbey Armstrong

Isabella Barounes

*Kathryn Burbrink

Jada Cooper

Nicole Diaz-Castillo

*Madison Groves

Stacia Hazlett

Mikayla Kirkling

*Lauren Langness

*Alexa Leisure

Kendra Loos

*Leah Meersman

Cole Miller

Sarah Owens

Erin Rossiter

*Isabella Watts

*Aubrey Wilson

*=Top 50