Program Award Winner: Caroline Sauer

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 Literacy program have selected Caroline Sauer as their Outstanding Student in Literacy. Congratulations, Caroline!


Q & A with Outstanding Student in Literacy, Caroline Sauer:

What academic accomplishment are most proud of?  

I have been working in elementary schools since 2013 and I was a classroom teacher in New York City schools for five of those years. After graduation from this program, I will have earned two Master’s Degrees in Education.  

What are your plans after graduation?  

I plan on becoming a Reading Specialist within Fairfax County Public schools. 

What is your favorite memory in CEHD or your favorite part of being a CEHD student?  

I loved the variety of experiences that my program required of me. I was able to truly practice adapting literacy instruction to students at the primary and secondary levels. We had to interview and assess students to determine their literacy needs and many of the students we worked with had a variety of backgrounds and cultures. It was a very challenging but ultimately extremely rewarding experience and I feel like a much stronger reading instructor as a result. Additionally, the professors are fantastic and have such a wealth of knowledge! 

What advice do you have for fellow CEHD students (especially those that are not graduating yet)? 

My advice is to stay on top of assignment requirements. Ask your professors lots of questions. The rubric is your friend!  

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?  

During my time in this program, I was pregnant with and had my sweet baby boy Marshall at the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester. It has been a new challenge to balance school work, full time teaching and new motherhood simultaneously!