Program Award Winner: Jerry Johnson

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 Secondary Education have selected Jerry Johnson as their Outstanding Student in Secondary Education (Social Studies). Congratulations, Jerry!


Q & A with Outstanding Student in Secondary Education (Social Studies), Jerry Johnson:

What academic accomplishment are most proud of? 

Finishing. Like others, I had my “what in the heck am I doing?” moments. 

What organizations/affiliations have you been involved with while at Mason? 

I’ve focused on staying active within the college and with my fellow graduate students. As a “career switcher” I’ve been able to provide some career counseling! 

What are your plans after graduation? 

Getting a teaching job! Any leads? 

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

Spending two amazing weeks in Cyprus with GMU students led by Dr. Helmsing. Highly recommended. 

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

Don’t give up. And reach out if you need help. I’m continually amazed by the professors and staff at Mason who are always read to lend a hand. 

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

Folks can find a bit more about me at or my nifty web page 

Note: All opinions shared on these sites are Jerry’s alone and not endorsed by the College of Edcuation and Human Development or George Mason Univeristy.