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 Special Education have selected Mervette Rhodes as their Outstanding Student in Special Education (Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum). Congratulations, Mervette!
Q & A with Outstanding Student in Special Education, Mervette Rhodes
What academic accomplishment are most proud of?
I am most proud of maintaining a 4.0 GPA while teaching full time.
What organizations/affiliations have you been involved with while at Mason?
I completed my program through the FCPS cohort.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to continue teaching.
What is your favorite memory in CEHD or your favorite part of being a CEHD student?
My favorite part of being a CEHD student was the friendships I formed with other members in the Fairfax 43 cohort.
What advice do you have for fellow CEHD students (especially those that are not graduating yet)?
If you are in one of the cohorts and working full-time, you can do it; push yourself to excellence in everything you do! For undergraduate students, this is a short chapter in your life. Do your best and enjoy these moments!
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?
I am a mechanical engineer who used to work on aircraft carriers.