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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.

Stephen Stern
The College of Education and Human Development faculty in Secondary Education have chosen

Stephen Stern

as the

2021 Outstanding Student in Secondary Education – Math

Q & A with Outstanding Student in Secondary Education – Math, Stephen Stern:

What part of your Mason experience are you most proud of?

Honestly, I am most proud of being able to finish the degree while teaching full time during a pandemic!

What are your future plans, goals, and dreams?

I am planning on continuing my education in Mathematics by pursuing a PhD. I’m looking forward to incorporating all of the skills and pedagogical knowledge that I have gained in this program to my teachin-related duties.

What is your favorite memory from your time in the College of Education and Human Development?

I don’t have a specific memory in mind, but my favorite parts of CEHD were when topics and conversations in my courses challenged my preconceived beliefs about education, causing me to grow and consider larger perspectives.

What advice do you have for fellow CEHD students?

As much as possible, try to make the time and space to take care of yourself. I’ve found that teachers seem to be particularly bad about this.

Would you like to give any shout-outs to those who supported you along the way?

Shout out to Dr. Frank for all of her grace and support. Also to all of my colleagues that have let me lean on them when I needed to and supported me through this journey.

Congratulations and best of luck, Stephen!