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The College of Education student marshal for Fall 2023

Madison Lynn Majors, an undergraduate student majoring in collaborative teacher special education, will represent the College of Education as its student marshal for Auburn University’s fall 2023 commencement ceremonies. Majors will earn her Bachelor of Science in Collaborative Special Education with a minor in sport coaching.

From Birmingham, Alabama, Majors split her time at Auburn between academics, community service and being a student-athlete on the Auburn softball team. With many relatives in the field of education, Majors knew at an early age that she wanted to teach. As a teenager, she discovered her passion to work with students in special education programs and providing the supports they need in the classroom.

“It is an amazing feeling being able to uniquely design instruction for each of your students to help them achieve so many goals,” Majors said. “I believe special education is one of the most rewarding jobs, and I strive to make a difference in these students' futures by giving them instruction in academic, social and behavioral skills they will use throughout their lives.”

During her time on the Plains, Majors was involved in various organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children, the Alabama Chapter of the National College Athlete Honor Society Chi Alpha Sigma, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee which provided student-athletes with a voice to the administration, the SEC conference and the NCAA. 

“Maddie is outstanding because she is self-reflective, empathetic, flexible in her thinking, and tireless in her pursuit of academic excellence,” said Margaret Flores, a professor in the department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling.

Majors plans to begin her career in January. She will teach special education at Yarbrough Elementary school in Auburn, and believes she is well-prepared, thanks to her time in the College of Education.

“The program at Auburn has prepared me for success,” she said. “The supports, materials and instruction that the special education program, professors and advisors have provided me with have greatly impacted my education and knowledge in the field. I feel very prepared to enter the professional world, and I am looking forward to applying the knowledge that this program has taught me in my own classroom.”

Her career goals are to teach special education, coach softball and eventually pursue a master’s degree at Auburn.

“My time at Auburn has been incredible,” she said. “The Special Education program including professors and advisors, the Auburn family, and the Auburn environment have provided me with such an amazing experience that I will cherish forever. Auburn University will forever hold a special place in my heart.”