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CEHD Alumni News


Principal of the Year

June 18, 2020

Education Leadership alumnus Jesse Kraft named Washington Post’s Principal of the Year. Read more...

Gracious Legacy

May 21, 2020

Former CEHD dean Jeff Gorrell remembered for mastery as educator and artist. Read more...

Digital Interning

April 27, 2020

Therapeutic recreation senior Riley Wilkerson makes adjustments to complete internship from home. Read more...

Molding America’s Best

April 8, 2020

Alumnus with degrees in educational psychology and kinesiology serving as strength and conditioning coach for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Read more...

Transferrable Skills

April 3, 2020

Educational psychology alumna utilizes her Mason training on daily basis in role with Facebook. Read more...

Full Circle

April 3, 2020

Early Childhood Education grad student wins teaching award at Alexandria school that’s “like a home.” Read more...

Into the Wild

March 6, 2020

Recreation Management grad thrilled to start full-time job in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Read more...

An NFL Coach on the Rise

February 4, 2020

Sport management grad Callie Brownson hired by Cleveland Browns as first female chief of staff in NFL history. Read more...

Model of Upstanding Character

January 30, 2020

From the archives: Mason grad interviews former baseball coach who died in helicopter crash. Read more...

Big League Jobs

January 9, 2020

Recent Mason alum goes from Baltimore Ravens internship to a full-time job with the Boston Red Sox. Read more...

Helping Others

November 18, 2019

Therapeutic recreation grad says new job and activities have brought things “full circle”. Read more...

Right at Home

November 14, 2019

Mason alumna heading her secondary school alma mater.

George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development Dean Mark R. Ginsberg announced the creation of three new schools within the college.

August 28, 2019

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approved the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, and the School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management. Read more...

Sport management major hones her skills at summer internship with Irish pro soccer club

August 7, 2019

Jamie Olsen serving as sports marketing and media relations intern for Shamrock Rovers. Read more...

Maria Barrios was named CEHD’s 2019 Exemplary Early Career Teacher

July 19, 2019

Two-time Mason alumnus entering third year at Keene Mill Elementary School. Read more...

CEHD Grad Honored for Paying it Forward

July 20, 2018

For the past 25 years, Gregory Baldwin has seen his work in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) as a calling—and an opportunity to pay it forward to his students. The city of Alexandria recently recognized Baldwin’s passion with its second annual Champions of Children Award, which he received in June. Read more...

Mason Grad is The Washington Post's Teacher of the Year

June 18, 2018

Every morning, Mason alumnus Dan Reichard starts his fifth-grade class at Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School in Stafford, Va., with a secret handshake—27 of them, to be exact, one for each of his students. Reichard said it took about two weeks to memorize the handshakes he asked his students to invent at the beginning of the school year. And the students cut Reichard little slack if he forgets even the tiniest nuance. Read more...

CEHD Alumnus Is Virginia’s 2018 National Distinguished Principal

May 10, 2018

On April 4, Andy Jacks was sitting in a meeting with the associate superintendent of Prince William County Public Schools when his secretary called and said there was an emergency in the cafeteria. Jacks had been discussing the power of good leadership with the associate superintendent. Later, Jacks realized that his colleague was engaging in a bit of creative deception. Read more...

Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation about the Changing Landscape of Education Policy

September 6, 2017

The field of education policy is constantly changing. But there is a way to make sense of an area in perpetual flux. College of Education and Human Development Dean Mark R. Ginsberg will moderate “Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation about the Changing Landscape of Education Policy,” presented by CEHD. A panel of distinguished Mason faculty will discuss the current landscape of issues, their implication for education practice in schools, and the learning and development of students in Virginia and throughout the nation. Read more...

CEHD Alumna Kaleigh O’Donnell Receives Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award

July 10, 2017

Kaleigh O’Donnell (MEd ’15) is the 2017 recipient of Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation’s Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award. The award is given to an alumnus or alumna of CEHD who has demonstrated excellence, leadership, and innovation in the classroom within the first three years of teaching in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Read more...

Mason Alumnus is The Washington Post’s Principal of the Year

June 7, 2017

When Nathaniel Provencio became the first in his family to attend college, he felt a sense of obligation more than privilege. “I knew,” he said, “that if I was going to go to university, I needed to do something where I could give back to the community. Teaching is one of the best ways to do that.” ...excerpted from Mason News Read more...

CEHD Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

May 15, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Britt J. Davis, the 2017 College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Alumni recipient. Davis received the award at the April 26 Celebration of Distinction awards banquet hosted by Mason’s Alumni Association. He is a two-time graduate of George Mason University, graduating in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in parks, recreation, and leisure studies and in 1996 with a master of public administration degree. Read more...

You're Invited! The Color of My Writing: Reflections on Race, Sport, and American Culture

August 22, 2016

CEHD and George Mason University Alumni can enjoy several "signature" University-wide events every year to welcome our Alumni back to campus. This fall, you're invited to The Color of My Writing: Reflections on Race, Sport, and American Culture presentation by Dr. David Wiggins. Read more...

Alumnus Makes a Difference as Founder of Ellie's Hats

January 4, 2016

Jay Coakley is a physical education teacher whose compassion for a kindergartener facing cancer grew into a nationwide charity. Read more...

Nominate a Teacher for the Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award 2016

December 15, 2015

Do you know an extraordinary teacher who deserves a $2,500 award? Nominate him or her today! Nominations are due February 29. Read more...

Enjoy These Videos from "An Evening With Professor Behrmann"

December 4, 2015

Enjoy these video excerpts from the special CEHD event featuring Mike Behrmann, held during Mason Alumni Weekend 2015. Read more...

World Series Champs Include Four Mason Alumni

November 3, 2015

Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals, World Series champions! We're proud of the four Mason alumni who led the team to success. Read more...

Alumna Receives CLD Outstanding Researcher Award

October 28, 2015

Congratulations to Anne Eichorn Brawand (PhD Education '13), recipient of the Outstanding Researcher Award from the Council for Learning Disabilities. Read more...

CEHD & The Campaign for George Mason University

September 25, 2015

Private philanthropy will help the College of Education and Human Development support transformative opportunities and go Faster Farther. Read more...

Alumnus Hailed for Compassion on the Job

September 16, 2015

In a compassionate act captured on video, Dan Hicks, a CEHD alumnus and North Carolina police officer, saved a man in distress with a hug. Read more...

You're Invited! An Evening With Professor Behrmann

August 25, 2015

Register today for this special CEHD event, part of Mason's Alumni Weekend 2015. All students, faculty, alumni, and friends are invited to attend! Read more...

Welcome to New Co-Presidents of CEHD Alumni Chapter

July 16, 2015

The alumni chapter of the College of Education and Human Development welcomes two new co-presidents. Read more...

Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro Receives 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from CEHD

May 5, 2015

The 2001 graduate is the executive director of the United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section. Read more...

2015 Agnes Meyer Honorees and Other Award-Winning CEHD Alumni

April 13, 2015

Congratulations to the award-winning educators who are alumni of the College of Education and Human Development. You make us proud! Read more...

Meet More Than 40 Employers at Education Recruitment Day – March 18, Dewberry Hall

March 17, 2015

They're hiring! Students and alumni are invited to attend the 2015 Education Recruitment Day job fair to meet with more than 40 Washington-area employers. Read more...

What Do We Look for When Hiring? The Superintendents' Perspective [Video]

December 16, 2014

Thinking about applying for an administrator position? Check out this video for an inside look from four Northern Virginia assistant superintendents. Read more...

Young Alumna Lands Her Dream Job at Nike

December 8, 2014

Just two years after graduating from George Mason, Kelsey Moore is at Nike headquarters in Oregon working on a global sports initiative. Read more...

KC Royals' Front Office is Led by George Mason Alumni

October 22, 2014

GM Dayton Moore and two additional Mason alumni have been key to the Kansas City Royals' resurgence and World Series run. Read more...

Sport Management Alumnus Takes Company from Dorm to NYC

September 22, 2014

Felix Addison, a Class of 2012 alumnus, has received venture capital funding for a company he started while an undergraduate at George Mason University. Read more...

CEHD Alumna Makes Team Sports Accessible for Children With Autism

September 22, 2014

Margarita Benavides, a graduate of the Special Education program, is the founder of a growing team sports program for children with special needs. Read more...

Alumna Honored as Finalist for 2014 National Teacher of the Year

May 2, 2014

Melissa Porfirio calls it a “tremendous honor.” The alumna of George Mason University’s Graduate School of Education was among four finalists honored May 1 by President Obama at a White House ceremony announcing the 2014 National Teacher of the Year. Read More...


More than 55 Education Employers Will Be at Mason Education Career Fair on March 19

March 18, 2014

George Mason University students and alumni are invited to the Education Career Fair on Wednesday, March 19 to meet with more than 55 education employers! Read More...


Kathy Beatty Named Outstanding Virginia Mathematics Educator 2014

February 13, 2014

George Mason University graduate Kathy Beatty was named the 2014 Outstanding Mathematics Educator of the Year by the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Read More...


Deadline is Feb 28 for Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award 2014

January 30, 2014

Do you know of an early career teacher who is exceptionally talented and effective in the classroom? Nominate him or her for a $2,500 award! Read More...


Morgan Maravich is Named to Top Ten Next Gens in Group Travel

January 9, 2014

A 2009 graduate of the Tourism and Events Management program was just named a Top Ten Next Gen for the tourism management industry. Read More...


Stephanie Chlebus Receives Presidential Award for Math Teaching

January 6, 2014

George Mason University graduate Stephanie Chlebus was recently named the Virginia winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. Read More...


2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year Melissa Porfirio is CEHD Alumna

October 14, 2013

First grade teacher Melissa Porfirio, an alumna of George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development, was named Virginia's 2014 Teacher of the Year. Read More...


Postcards from the Field: A Career in College Athletics

October 4, 2013

Dylan Herbert is a recent Mason graduate whose sport management internship inspired him to pursue a career in college athletics fundraising. Read More...


“Team Mason” Goes to Bat at Kyle Wilson Softball Tournament

September 11, 2013

More than 1,000 players, umpires, families, coaches, and even a few dogs (!) played softball and remembered the life and service of Kyle Wilson over Labor Day weekend. Read More...


RHT Alumna Celebrates With the Blackhawks

June 25, 2013

What's that that Noelle Fanella is hoisting over her head? Why, it's the Stanley Cup! Read More...