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The George Washington University
Graduate Certificate and Master's Program in Paralegal Studies


News & Announcements

Alumna Shira Fishman, MA 2007 (Secondary Education) was honored as the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Teacher of the Year on September 19 during the Standing Ovation for DC Teachers event at the Kennedy Center. The event honored more than 660 DCPS educators who earned ratings of Highly Effective under the IMPACT educator evaluation system.

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the honor on September 16 and in a DCPS press release said, “Shira Fishman exemplifies the best DCPS has to offer, and the caliber of teacher we want in all our classrooms.” Fishman’s efforts in the classroom helped close a 17-point achievement gap between her students above and below the poverty line. Fishman, who is current a math teacher at McKinley Technology High School, changed careers eight years ago after working as a mechanical engineer. She decided to change careers after realizing she enjoyed her side job of coaching high school basketball more than her work in the engineering field.

Read the full press release here.


Alumnus, Award-Winning Local Teacher Active in National Education Conversation

In September, alumnus Matthew Tosiello, MA 2007 (Secondary Education), who was named 2011 Arlington County Teacher of the Year, traveled to New York City for the Education Nation Summit.

During his time he was able to meet fellow educators and administrators as well as participate in a Teacher’s Town Hall moderated by Brian Williams. Tosiello appeared in several broadcasts from the event, including NBC Washington. You can view the entire Teacher’s Town Hall here, with Tosiello’s question around minute 36.

Tosiello, who is an active advocate for teachers everywhere, was also featured in a separate segment on NBC Washington News 4. The segment discussed Tosiello’s engaging and successful work in this third grade classroom. Additionally, Tosiello appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on September 19. One of three local educator panelists, Tosiello discussed how education policy debates, including those about the uses of testing and the future of No Child Left Behind, end up affecting classroom dynamics. You can listen to the segment here.