Each year, faculty in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) come together to select an outstanding student in their program to receive the honor of being named as their program award winner. Students selected for this award embody the very best of their program: they excel in their studies; they demonstrate leadership in classes and internships; and they have a genuine and tenacious passion for their discipline.
This year, faculty in the Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program have selected Ailsa Liu as their Outstanding Student in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners (International Elementary). Congratulations, Ailsa!
Q & A with Outstanding Student in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners (International Elementary), Ailsa Liu:
What academic accomplishment are most proud of?
I am most proud of completing a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction while working full-time and raising three children.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to teach second grade at an international school in Singapore.
What is your favorite memory in CEHD or your favorite part of being a CEHD student?
My favorite part of being a CEHD student are the opportunities I’ve had to interact and collaborate with colleagues and professors that have helped me tremendously along the way.
What advice do you have for current CEHD students?
The TCLDEL program at George Mason truly equips and prepares you for the classroom and beyond. Definitely take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and experience the professors offer in all your courses. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?
As someone who started a second career very late, I would say there’s always time to find a profession you love. I started out as a consultant, worked for a mutual fund company, stayed at home with my children and then started my masters program. Like I said, it’s never too late to start again.