College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.


School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

M.A., University of Nebraska
Health and Physical Education

Contact Information

Send email to Ms. Norden

Phone: (703) 993-2032
Fax: (703) 993-2025
Email: lnorden (

George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
Bull Run Hall 206
10890 George Mason Circle
MS 4E5
Manassas, VA 20110


Ms. Norden is the Coordinator of Student Teaching for the Health and Physical Education Teacher Licensure Program. She also observes and evaluates teacher candidates at their placement schools. Ms. Norden developed and teaches two online courses, Program Development and Resources in Health Education (HEAL 516) and Personal Health (HEAL 110). HEAL 516 and HEAL 405 meet the health methods requirement for teacher licensure in Virginia.

Research Interests

  • Developing effective strategies and procedures to prepare students for teacher licensure in health and physical education
  • Collaborating with the public schools for field experience and student teaching placements in health and physical education
  • Developing online courses

Other Information

Student Comments (selected from course evaluations):

I enjoyed this class very much. I didn’t stress much because Professor Norden was very responsive to emails, syllabus was very clear, she reminded students weekly about upcoming assignments, she gave examples of how to do certain assignments such as power points. I truly enjoyed her class and have learned a lot and shared my knowledge with my family and friends as well as classmates. Outstanding teaching. (HEAL 110 Online)                                           

Really a fantastic course, with a great professor who does a superb job at giving feedback and responding to emails in a fast manner. Thanks for the course! (HEAL 110 Online)

I enjoyed this course because I was able to retain the information and I loved the content. Thank you Professor Norden. The Change Plan helped me rev up my healthy habits and I am forever grateful. (HEAL 110 Online)

All the activities we did were great. I feel like I now have a lot to draw from when teaching. (HEAL 405)

This course was engaging and interactive. I learned so much during this course and thoroughly enjoyed the class! Very happy it was a required course. (HEAL 405)

Ms. Norden made the info relevant and applicable to our profession. We also had good field experience opportunities that helped us grow and learn as HPE teachers. (HEAL 405)

I think having the different guest speakers come in and share their experiences with us was most beneficial to my learning. Each seminar touched on different aspects of teaching and helped better prepare me. (PHED 415)