Now Hiring AMP Mentors for Fall 2023

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The Mason Early Identification Program (EIP) and Academic Mentoring Program (AMP) are looking for undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in working with the middle and high school student populations, tutoring, mentoring, and giving back to the Northern Virginia community for the Fall 2023 semester. Learn more about this AMP Mentor position below, and apply on Mason360 by August 27, 2023 (Priority Application Deadline) or September 4, 2023 (General Application Deadline). 

About AMP Mentors: 

The AMP Mentors will play an integral role in supporting the delivery of academic supports needed for academic and personal success at over 25 different tutoring sites. These supports comprise of academic coaching, academic assistance, and ultimately helping EIP students realize their academic potential. AMP Mentors will report directly to the Assistant Director and Associate Director at EIP. This will be an in-person position for Fall 2023 with starting pay of $14/hour.

Note: transportation to sites is provided for those who do not have their own transportation. 

  • Undergraduate/Graduate students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 
  • Able to provide academic assistance to students in English, Math, Science, History, and/or other subjects 
  • Able to work with minors and pass a Mason background check in addition to county/school background checks 

How to Apply: 

Complete the application via Mason 360: 

  • Priority Application Deadline: August 27, 2023 
  • General Application Deadline: September 4, 2023 
  • Interviews Begin: August 28, 2023 

Submit the following documents through the online application: 

  • Resume 
  • Unofficial Mason Transcript 
  • Fall 2023 Class Schedule 

Questions? Email Aaron Muz or Dr. Mia Hines 


VCLA Writing Preparation Workshops

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In addition to the resources and workshops already offered at Mason, the Writing Center is now offering VCLA-specific writing preparation.

The VCLA is comprised of multiple-choice questions, as well as summary and composition writing. In an effort to increase scores and provide practice for the VCLA writing components, the Writing Center now offers two workshops to address each writing subtest:

  1. A summary workshop
  2. A composition workshop

Summary Workshop

Wednesday, July 12
5:30 – 6:45 pm

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In this workshop, students will learn strategies for completing the VCLA Writing Summary assignment. Participants will analyze the summary prompt and sample responses, identify features of successful responses, learn strategies for composing the summary, and practice some of these strategies.

Composition Workshop

Wednesday, July 26
5:30 – 6:45 pm

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In this workshop, students will learn strategies for completing the VCLA Writing Composition assignment. Participants will analyze the composition prompt and sample responses, identify features of successful responses, learn strategies for composing the composition, and practice some of these strategies.


Pre-Service Teacher Summer 2023 Institute

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George Mason University’s ACE-STEM Project Team is excited to host Summer Institute 2023 in June! ACE-STEM stands for “Advancing Content-Integrated Education for English Learners with a STEM Focus,” and is a multi-year grant project funded by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) in U. S. Department of Education. Starting Fall 2022, our Cohort 1 Teachers from Prince William County Schools began their 5-course studies to earn the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as a part of this project and are comprised of content and ESOL teachers from PK-12th Grades.

For ACE-STEM Summer Institute 2023, we are expanding the learning opportunities to pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and educational leaders from our region. Through various presentations and interactive workshops, participants will learn about cutting-edge topics such as content-language integrated STEM education, Translanguaging, ChatGPT, Universal Design for Learning, Media Literacy, Family & Community Engagement, and more! A stipend of $100 per day will be offered.

If you are a Mason student and a PRE-SERVICE teacher, and would like to attend the 2-day event from (6/21-6/22), show your interest by completing the short survey using this link. Please email us at with any questions you might have.

Feel free to check out our program at our website:


Outstanding Student Awards 2023 – School of Education

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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.  

Read below to view the complete list of 2023 Outstanding Student Award recipients in the School of Education.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Award 

Outstanding Dissertation Award 

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Lauren Biscardi

Masters and Bachelors Awards

Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning 

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Kirsten Ellen Youngquist


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Ashleigh Tanis

Physical Education

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Darlene J. Mojado-Ligan



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Mariam Ahmed Abdelwahab

Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

Teresa Elizabeth Mercedes Padgett

Teresa Elizabeth Mercedes Padgett

School Counseling

Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners

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Heather Lynn Patterson


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Gabriela Briseno-Delbosque


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Ausra Kauffman


Early Childhood Special Education

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Neryl Meg Tagle Marquez-Ascher 

Education Leadership 

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Kate Adams

 Educational Psychology 

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Haley McKeen

Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing

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Carrie E. May

Learning, Cognition, and Motivation

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Hope Elizabeth Bennett

Learning, Cognition, and Motivation

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Sarah Marie Conley

Learning and Decision-Making in Leadership

Elementary Education 

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Sara Alyssa Switzer


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Anna Rose Welch


John R. Linn Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Athlete 

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Jack Bolz

Learning Technologies 

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Benjamn James Hardin

Learning Design and Technology

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Heather Shank-Givens

Learning Design and Technology


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Megan Cejka Pavelich 

Mathematics Education Leadership 

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Amanda Lee Guzman

K–8 Math Specialist Program

Secondary Education 

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Yong-joon Park

Computer Science

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Michaela Leann Fox


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Yoosun Han


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ErinGrace Drake


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Kyle I. Nathanson

Social Studies

Special Education 

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Erika Lynn Hanback

Undergraduate—Adapted Curriculum, K–12

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Emily J. Bankson

Graduate—Adapted  Curriculum Licensure, K–12

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Arielle Damasco Morton

Applied Behavior Analysis

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Sidney Elcan Birchfield

Assistive Technology

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Alicia Brown

Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate

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Hannah Tori Geller

Graduate Blindness and Visual Impairments Licensure, K-12

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Madison Thomas

Undergraduate —General Curriculum, K–12

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Bryce Andrew Benson

Graduate—General Curriculum Licensure, K–12

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Brooke Lee Johansen


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Diana Carolina Romero Guerrero


Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners 

Nicole Catherine Anderson (English as a Second Language) 

Minhei Kang (Foreign Language) 

Krystle Elise Perez (International Elementary) 

Nicole Catherine Anderson

English as a Second Language

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Minhei Kang

Foreign Language

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Krystle Elise Perez

International Elementary

Tony DeGregorio Memorial Award for the Outstanding Student in Health and Physical Education   

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Dana Jeanjaquet Briosos

Transformative Teaching 

The Program Award is given in honor of the Transformative Teaching (TT) graduating class of 2023, a learning community made up of critically reflective practitioners whose extensive knowledge, diverse experiences, multiple perspectives and enduring commitments to teaching and learning provide fertile ground for the personal and professional growth of all members of the community. The TT Class of 2023 has weathered unprecedented storms and managed to successfully complete the master’s degree program, in many cases with exceptional effort.


CEHD Students Chosen to Attend the TOP Institute

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The 2023 Teachers of Promise (TOP) Institute was held this past weekend, and five CEHD students were nominated to attend this prestigious event. 

The Teachers of Promise (TOP) Institute was established in 2004 to identify and recognize the best prospective teachers from college and university schools of education across Virginia. The Institute is funded by The Teachers of Promise Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Roanoke, Virginia, and is organized by a team of practicing educators. To date, the Institute has honored more than 3,650 Teachers of Promise from more than three dozen institutions of higher education.

CEHD Students in Attendance:

Colleen CookEnglish to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Education (PK–12 Licensure)

Vaishnavi DholakiaSpecial Education 

Dianne McshaneHealth and Physical Education

Yong-joon ParkSecondary Education

Isabel PigottElementary Education

We are so proud of our incredible students, and look forward to seeing the influential work they contribute to the field of education!