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Spring 2022 CEHD Scholarship Recipients Announced

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One of the most enjoyable tasks the Office of Student and Academic Affairs performs each semester is facilitating a number of scholarship programs that are funded by, or in the memory of, alumni of the College of Education and Human Development and philanthropists committed to student success. While our outstanding student recipients receive funds to help defray the cost of attending Mason, the faculty and staff who are charged with reviewing applications benefit as well.  They get a glimpse into the inspiring lives of our applicants and the potential future contributions they will make to their fields of study.  The College of Education and Human Development is pleased to recognize the undergraduate and graduate scholarship recipients for the spring 2022 semester below. Congratulations to all of our scholarship and award recipients, and many thanks to our generous donors for making these awards possible! More information about all CEHD scholarships and awards is available here

Taylor Arrington

Taylor Arrington

Bernard and Marianne Harless Scholarship

Anna Preston

Anna Preston

Douglas and Mariana Brook Education Endowment

Hattie M. Strong Foundation (HMSF) Scholarship

Katherine Main

Katherine Main

Douglas and Mariana Brook Education Endowment

Jamie Day

Jamie Day

Winant Endowed Scholarship

Colleen Cook

Colleen Cook

Dr. Sakineh “Simin” Redjali and Dr. Said Khadiri Scholarship

Amanda McCarthy

Amanda McCarthy

Dr. Marjory F. Brown-Azarowicz Scholarship

Emily London

Emily London

Dr. Marjory F. Brown-Azarowicz Scholarship

Jada Jennings

Jada Jennings

Dr. Marjory F. Brown-Azarowicz Scholarship

Amenah Ali

Amenah Ali

Annandale Women’s Club Endowed Scholarship

Morgan Strimel

Morgan Strimel

Helen Kellar Scholarship

Tim Gardiner

Tim Gardiner

Joan Packer Isenberg Endowed Scholarship

Mollie Safran

Mollie Safran

Joan Packer Isenberg Endowed Scholarship

Angelica Lovelace

Angelica Lovelace

Hattie M. Strong Foundation (HMSF) Scholarship

Melanie Olivia Ordonez

Melanie Olivia Ordonez

Hattie M. Strong Foundation (HMSF) Scholarship

Natasha Jeter

Natasha Jeter

Hattie M. Strong Foundation (HMSF) Scholarship

Lionardo Quezada Guevara

Lionardo Quezada Guevara

Hattie M. Strong Foundation (HMSF) Scholarship

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Fall 2022 Dean’s List Announced

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Congratulations to the College of Education and Human Development students named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2021 semester!

This honor is given to undergraduate students who have enrolled in at least six credits and have earned a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the semester.  These students were notified by an e-mail from Associate Dean Dr. Ellen Rodgers, but we wanted to acknowledge them publicly on the blog as they are exemplars of student success!  The College is proud to have such a long list of talented undergraduates!  We hope to see even more of you on the list next semester!

Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners

Marwah Abdullah
Tracy Albarracin
Patience Awuah
Rabia Aziz
Ophelia Boateng
Angela Brugger
Hope Cain
Woori Cho
Jasmine Connor
Gabiela De Leon
Alyssa Demarco
Cindy Echeverria
Assia Hafid
Lauren Haymes
Mary Hennessy
Vivian Hilaya
Elise Houser
Jie Hu
Joo Kang
Juhei Kim
Wenjia Lin
Lindsay Little
Anna Lucia

Mayra Marchena
Marissa Medina
Kimberly Medrano-Galo
Yessica Mejia Santos
Megan Meyers
Mallorie Morris
Hyeonjung Park
Heather Patterson
Ramzia Popal
Katie Raguindin
Manel Samarakoon
Ala Sindy
Avin Sindy
Caitlin Smith
Ellen Smith
Maria Torres
Nolvia Vasquez
Emily Villazon
Bezawit Woldeyohannes
Wendy Zeron

Elementary Education

Kawthar Ahmed
Marian Ali
Amenah Ali
Kali Batz
Thea Bustos
Caitlin Butron
Rachel Cameron
Omar Darea
Katelyn Dawson
Maite Diaz-Funez
Amelia Eggerton
Julienne Gabrielle Evidente
Jocelyne Giron
Marisa Haas
Talitha Harrington
Kathleen Helmer
Vanessa Hernandezsalmeron
Janet Hodges
Caroline Hong
Katia Husemeier
Mairah Ismail
Lauren Janke
Eric Johnston
Madison Larson
Alex Lopez
Karley Lowery
Eve Lowery
Jenina Almir Mallari
Jennifer Marques
Angela Marquez
Andrea Martinez Gonzalez
Adriana Matos
Jennifer Mayorga
Ebonny Mcdonald

Theresa Moulder
Britney Ngo
Alejandra Ozorio-Guareno
Deysi Palma Ascencio
Katie Phan
Amanda Philip
Isabel Pigott
Carly Potts
Saliha Qaiser
Safa Rahmani
Katie Salavarria
Sereen Salem
Jasmin Salgado
Samira Schneider
Bailey Selb
Brianna Smith
Emma Sroufe
Cydney Storer
Sarah Stough
Hedya Sultani
Sara Switzer
Fardowsa Tarey
Lucille Tyson
Taylor Ushko
Sofia Velasco
Brenda Villalta Osegueda
Megan West
Isabel Wilson
Casey Wright
Brenda Yanes
Cecilia Yanes Trejo
Wooyoung Yang
Sevval Yeter

Health and Physical Education

Avery Bassett
Thomas Bernhardt
Dana Briosos
Daniel Caldwell
Melissa Capri
Matthew Colaianni
Brook Dominick
Kristen Edwards
Allison Feldhausen
Chelsea Flores
Alaeddin Hasan
Preston Hudgins
Jordan Kinder

Jason Kirichok
Mackenzie Koontz
Meredith Marquis
Dianne McShane
Nathan Moseley
Julianna Norvell
Stephen Padilla
Erin Rastatter
Whitney Reed
Robert Thompson
Kara Wright
Karl Zipperer

Kinesiology

Joshua Abando
Eri Agena
Rabya Akhtar
Myles Alleyne
Mary Alphonse
Jorge Arrate Garcia
Ellen Ayoub
Madeline Baldwin
Rachel Balzer
Frederick Barfield
Sebastian Baytan
Ana Beasley
Marlaina Bozek
Trevauz Brown
Juanita Cappard
Kemberly Castillo
Ronald Combs
Kaitlin Corbett
Megan Cummins
Alaina Dagenais
Ali Dastan
Thomas DeHart
Mathew Dively
Hanna Do
Alison Do
Brett Downs
Annabelle Eastman
Abbigail Eckert
Noah Ehlers
Omar El-Khodari
Mohamed Elamin
Hope Falon-Mazer
Emily Fiesel
Estefania Florentino Gutierrez
Trisha Fonseca
Kyle Frost
Melena Futsum
Julianne Gabitan
Nicholas Galfusz
Noelle Ganichot
Courtney Gerrity
Bailey Grant
Zachary Gray
Oliver Grove
Joseph Hahn
Denzel Hardison-Wright
Irvin Herrera
Jon Dedrick Hinagpis
Amanda Holland
Sunny Hua
Rita Huezo
Joshua Hughes
Rosalinda Iames
Maham Iqbal
Andrea Jackson

Joshua Jackson
Juan Daniel Jerez Bernal
Benjamin Johnson
Jiil Kim
Rohan Kumar
Hawi Lamessa
Shannon Lee
Nicholas Liffert
Samuel Lopez-Giron
Benjamin Lucas
Sophia Macomber
Sydney Mahoney
Lara Malkawi
Brendan Malone
Jackson Mandart
Jordan Mariano
Kimberly Miller
Seth Moellmer
Abdulrahman Mohamed
Ramses Montalvo
Aisha Moobe
Nicholas Moore
Matthew Munoz
Christopher Naranja
Duy Nguyen
Mary Nguyen
Siobhra OFlaherty
Benjamin Oswalt
Juan Parada Nuques
Jacqueline Perdomo-Trejo
Gabriel Perez Mejia
Andrew Piscitello
Hana Rehman
Jordyn Renzi
Darwin Reyes
Hannah Robertson
Noelle Saine
Kaleb Samuel
Marisa Santamauro
Juliana Schumack
Robert Seoane
Toufeeq Sharieff
Theresa Sherrill
Abigail Shires
Jacob Stringfellow
Christopher Sullivan
Emily Szalankiewicz
Jonathan Taylor
Taylor Thompson
Gabrielle Torrijos
Melissa Vu
Raechel Wahab
Brianna Warman
Shaila Williams
Kyia Williams

Recreation Management

Christina Clark
Clare Condon
Joseph Eitzel
Garrett Harrison
Michael Heredia
Michael Lynch
Henry Ware
Samer Zeineddine

Ericha Marie Abellanosa
Catherine Campbell
Hina Choudhary
Aya Elmissouab
Jessica Winkler

Tourism and Events Management

Marilyn Bell
Jillian Brooks
Olivia Carey
Justin Chiocchio
Julia Cooper
Emily Corder
Melanie Covington
Hieu Dao
Elena Gutowski
Sarah Holland
Ashley Hudak
Hannah Khan
Emma Kluegel
Maya Mara
Chloe Mccashland
Rose McLaughlin
Marie Michael

Christina Morolla
Yen Nguyen
Ella Marie Gail Nocum
Katherine Ortiz
Zoe Roberts
Moises Romero
Sami Saghir
Erinn Sanders
Natalie Strait
Sophia Tempio Wilson
Linh Tran
Duy Vu
Zengni Wen
Sylvia Whitaker
Rebecca Zeballos
Nicole Zierke
Rainer Zoller

Special Education

Estefany Alberto
Angel Bonilla Lainez
Theresa Boyd
Ariana Gallahan-Zarate
Lucas Gillenwater
Karissa Grady
Erika Hanback
Tracy Hernandez
Shakura Iqebal
Aamna Khurram
Tiffany McVicker
Emily Murphy
Hannah Natarajan

Melanie Oliva Ordonez
Theresa Overholt
Belen Rodriguez-Guzman
Diana Romero Guerrero
Lillian Rountree
Eileen Scarfe
Justin Sim
Jason Smith
Madison Thomas
Bryanna Valenti
Nicole Vangorder
Sofia Wainwright
Fred Zamora Lazo

Sport Management

Caleb Aiosa-Perrin
Mark Britt
Rachel Chen
Richard Cobb
Sebastian Cognetti
Chey Cooper
Peyton Ehmke
Chloe Fite
Steven Gray
Joshua Guzman
Jahliel Harris
Keeley Hough
Kyle Kim
Edward Kim
Justin Moriarty
Jack Murray

Madelyn Myers
Jack Newell
Richard Nguyen
Samuel Pekich
Jayden Perez
Nicholas Ramdat
Avery Rousos
Tanner Rusnak
Michael Salvary
Alex Seok
Ian Smith
Cade Smith
Andrew Ssekikubo
Jacquelyn Marie Suegay
Nicholas Tidwell
Rachel Warrens

William Cassella
Bailey Gehler
William Hardtke
Vanessa Jasiewicz
Elizabeth Sherrill

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Marshall HS Seeking Special Education Science Teacher

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George C. Marshall High School is currently looking for a special education science teacher. Marshall HS is located in Falls Church, Virginia, and serves students of all abilities. Marshall’s special education team is rooted in collaboration, approaching students through a holistic lens, and keeping students at the center of decisions. Candidates interested in applying as an inclusive and self-contained special education teacher should reach out to Kevin Wallace kewallace@fcps.edu.  

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Finals Prep Starts NOW!

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“If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.”

Benjamin Franklin

It’s the week before Thanksgiving. Time to get into the holiday mood, but also the exact moment that your semester kicks into warp speed. Wait until the Monday after turkey day to think about your final exams, papers, and projects, and you’ll have more to worry about than whether that four-day-old oyster stuffing is still safe to eat.

Your fellow patriot, Ben Franklin, said, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.” Good point, Ben. Grabbing the first book you see and cramming for the test, or sitting in front of your laptop trying to cobble your thoughts into a brilliant paper isn’t going to get you to the finish line. So now, before all the pie and mashed potatoes, and before the panic sets in, MAKE A PLAN. Here’s how:

  1. Know where you stand in each class. It’s surprising how many students don’t take the time to log in and look over the grades they’ve received so far and what’s left on the syllabus. At this point in the semester, “I think I’m doing okay” is not enough. Look over your scores so far in each class. Anything missing? Any nasty surprises? If so, reach out to your professor for a chat. They may still be in the process of grading or they may have even made an error entering a grade, but it’s good to know and address it now.
  2. Once you know the grade you currently have, think about the grade you want. How many assignments are left? How will your final be weighted? That information should be found in your course syllabus. Do the math and then prioritize studying for the courses where you need to improve the most or where the final will have the largest impact on your overall grade.
  3. Understand your final. This is a simple step, but don’t skip it! You should know not only when your final exam is or when the final paper is due, but what format your final will take. That information is usually in your course syllabus. In some classes, you may not even have a final or could be exempt from taking it if you already have a certain grade going into finals, so it’s worth a look. If you do have an exam, will it include short essays? What, if any, materials, can you use while taking it? If your final is a writing assignment, think very carefully about the prompt. Do you really understand what your instructor is asking for? If the answer is no, the time to re-read the syllabus (can you tell we love a good syllabus?) and ask questions is now, not the night before it’s due. If you wait, not only might you be too late to receive a response, your lack of planning could still be in your professor’s mind when it’s time for grading.
  4. Make a schedule – and include Thanksgiving Break in it! Now that you know where you stand, it’s time for a battle plan. Write it down and be specific. Schedule time, class-by-class, to finish up any outstanding reading, review your notes, and outline those writing assignments. Instead of planning a marathon cram session during Reading Days, carve out exam prep time along with the turkey. Get in an hour of study while the pies are baking; when the uncles are napping in front of football, you could be making yourself a study guide. Take time to celebrate with friends and family, but don’t lose sight of your academic goals.

The good news is that this time next month finals will all be behind you, you’ll be on a real break from classes, and all you need to worry about is making sure you’re registered for your spring semester. Give yourself the gift of a strong finish this holiday season! You’ll be thankful you did.

Meg Yoder

Meg Yoder is living the dream as CEHD’s Student Communications Coordinator. If she’s not trying to entice you to read your Mason email, she’s probably crafting or gardening.

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CEHD Names Fall 2021 Scholarship Recipients

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One of the most enjoyable tasks the Office of Student and Academic Affairs performs each semester is facilitating a number of scholarship programs that are funded by, or in the memory of, alumni of the College of Education and Human Development and philanthropists committed to student success. While our outstanding student recipients receive funds to help defray the cost of attending Mason, the faculty who are charged with reviewing applications benefit as well.  They get a glimpse into the inspiring lives of our applicants and the potential future contributions they will make to their fields of study.  The College of Education and Human Development was thrilled to recognize the undergraduate and graduate students below during the fall 2021 semester. Congratulations to all of our scholarship and award recipients, and many thanks to our generous donors for making these awards possible! More information about all CEHD scholarships and awards is available here

Jeanne Marie Schierling
Jeanne Marie Schierling
Catherine “Cathy” Belter Scholarship 
Sarah Padilla
Sarah Pedilla
Catherine “Cathy” Belter Scholarship 
Nikita Thadani
Nikita Thadani
Annette Gorn Memorial Scholarship 
Simran Dhaliwal
Simran Dhaliwal
GeMStones Scholarship
Rifat Taher
Rifat Taher
Dr. Marjory F. Brown-Azarowicz Endowed Scholarship
Hannah Johnson
Hannah Johnson
Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Jessica Stenstrom
Jessica Stenstrom
Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Miriam Alger
Miriam Alger
Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship
Andrea Martinez Gonzalez
Andrea Martinez Gonzales
Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship
Jamie Day
Jamie Day
Helen Kellar Scholarship
Danielle Gazes
Danielle Gazes
Wen Pei Wu Endowed Scholarship
Elizabeth Clark
Elizabeth Clark
Bridget Healy Memorial Scholarship
Morgan Barton
Morgan Barton
Bridget Healy Memorial Scholarship