GSEHD Office of Alumni Relations

The GSEHD Office of Alumni Relations is here for you! We are committed to providing relevant events and services to GSEHD alumni. Our strategic focus centers on industry- and department-specific programming, student-alumni interactions, and sharing meaningful news.

We need your input as we continue to build our GSEHD alumni community. We are always looking for GSEHD alumni volunteers to host a dinner with current students or be a webinar presenter or serve as a speaker for a panel discussion. Want to get involved? Have some ideas? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us at

We look forward to helping to make your alumni experience more engaging! Make a Difference!

Alumni Resources
Events & Webinars

Alumni Events & Professional Development Webinars

GSEHD Reception at the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX

  • April 29, 2017 | 7 – 9 pm CDT
  • We invite you to reconnect with fellow alumni, students, and faculty at our reception during the 2017 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

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Top Thought Leaders in Trust 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Linda Fisher Thornton, GSEHD M.A. ‘94

Linda Fisher Thornton is named to the 2017 Top Thought Leaders in Trust by Trust Across America, and receives a Top Thought Leaders in Trust 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for her work supporting trustworthy leadership. Linda is the author of 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership. Thornton is CEO of Leading in Context, LLC, a leadership development firm in Richmond, V.A. She regularly blogs and speaks about how to lead responsibly in a global society and how to build high-trust work places to optimize employee performance. Ms. Thornton has been previously featured in the January 2013 issue of The Human Factor, a human resource magazine in India, in an interview about trends in ethical business development.

2016 Teacher of the Year Recipient

Topher Kandik, GSEHD M.A. ‘08

Topher Kandik is the 2016 Teacher of the Year from the District of Columbia. He earned National Board Certification in 2011. He is currently an Upper School English teacher at SEED Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Topher is also a co-founder (with Dr. Casemore of GWU) of DC Miscellanea, a creative writing collaborative for DC youth which hosts writing workshops in conjunction with local poets and arts organizations. Topher holds an M.A. from the George Washington University and is dual certified in English and Special Education. His class “Why New Orleans Matters” will be featured in the upcoming book, Arts Integration in Education: Teachers and Teaching Artists as Agents of Change.

Please send GSEHD alumni updates/links/news/announcements each week to the GSEHD Office of Alumni Relations at