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 Health and Physical Education have selected Martin Brown as the recipient of the Tony DeGregorio Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Health and Physical Education. Congratulations, Martin!
Q & A with Outstanding Student in Health and Physical Education, Martin Brown:
What academic accomplishment are most proud of?
I’m most proud of my student teaching experience at the elementary level. Due to the education received throughout my coursework in the Health & PE program at GMU, I was able to create and teach developmentally appropriate lessons that were challenging, yet fun, and successfully aligned with the standards.
What organizations/affiliations have you been involved with while at Mason?
Shape America, VAHPERD, GMU Men’s Tennis (2006-2008)
What are your plans after graduation?
My plan after graduation is to land a job teaching health & PE in Fauquier County.
What is your favorite memory in CEHD or your favorite part of being a CEHD student?
I have many enjoyable memories during my experience in the CEHD program at GMU. Student teaching and other fieldwork experience are definitely the most rewarding because of the direct interaction with the students. During my coursework, Mr. D was absolutely the most influential and positive mentor I’ve ever had, not just in higher education, but in life. Among many other things, he reinforced the importance of connecting with your students, believing in yourself and them, never giving up, and using fun as the vessel for learning…. “need a demonstration?”
What advice do you have for fellow CEHD students (especially those that are not graduating yet)?
My advice to current and future CEHD students is to reflect on the “why” everyday during your studies. Why are you passionate about this field? Why are you creating specific lessons and why are those lessons important to you and your students? Why are you going to be successful in your field? The answers to these questions and your other “whys” are going to be your fuel for motivation. You CAN and WILL do it!
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?
I’d like to express my gratitude for my friends, family, loved ones, colleagues, and faculty that have helped me on this journey. Dr. Banville- for pushing me to meet the highest level of expectation.
Ms. Norden– for creating a safe and encouraging learning environment.
Risto– for bringing new energy to our program.
Coach Jones- for demonstrating the power of confidence and resources.
Mr. & Mrs. D- for believing in your students and revealing the true meaning of being a quality educator.
Much love! -Martin