Graduate Student Recognized for Excellence in Education
July 19, 2007
Cynthia J. Sebring, a student of theology at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and a teacher at Annandale High School for Fairfax County Public Schools, has been honored as Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year in secondary school education. The Cambridge Who’s Who selection committee hand picks special honorees based on their accomplishments, academic achievement, leadership and service.
Sebring has 21 years of experience in the education industry, an industry in which 90% of employees quit within one to five years. She has extensive consulting and editing skills and has translated press releases from German to English for The Kennedy Center.
“It gets tempting to leave [education],” Sebring said, “The demands are great and the pay is not much. But its not just a job for me, it’s a vocation. It’s very rewarding work—effecting future generations and knowing that I am teaching people to write and communicate verbally, which is something that affects every career field you go into. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living. You have to write—you have to be able to communicate both orally and in writing.”
After she graduates from the Notre Dame Graduate School Sebring is hoping to go into religious education or become active in RCIA programs.
“I am very impressed so far,” Sebring said, speaking about her experience at NDGS. “The professors are great and it’s a good curriculum. The over all requirements for the degree are excellent too, because they’ve got a variety of things that you have to take. You have to cover 15 classes in philosophy and theology, which is more than many schools require. I’ll leave the grad school well ahead and well prepared to go into a field like religious education.”
Sebring earned a Masters degree in English from George Mason University in 1987 and a Bachelor of Arts in German and English from George Mason University in 1981. She received the Congressional Youth Leadership Council Award 1999 and 2000 and was a member of the German Textbook Adoption Committee. In 2003, she held the position of consulting-in-house reporter on behalf of the American Anglican Council at their general convention.
For information about Cambridge Who’s Who please visit www.cambridgewhoswho.com.
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