Liddell Named October Employee of the Month

Posted: October 1, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

Jason Liddell, lead teacher of the Panda Bear class in the Child Development Center (CDC), is the October Employee of the Month. Originally from Charlottesville, Liddell moved to Northern Virginia in 1992 and began working with the CDC in 1996 as a student aide. He served the center in several capacities, including drop-in coordinator, camp leader, and assistant teacher, before becoming the lead teacher of the Panda Bear class of four- and five-year-olds in November 1998.

“The kids, without a doubt, are what I enjoy most about my job,” says Liddell, “and coming to work every day knowing that they are curious and excited about learning. It is something that I hope will continue throughout their education.”

The many letters supporting Liddell’s nomination praised him for being a positive male role model in a field with relatively few males, and for being a patient, compassionate, yet firm teacher. Tamara A.L. Halstead, assistant to the dean of the School of Information Technology and Engineering, says, “As a working mother, I know I cannot always be there for my daughter, but knowing teachers like Jason are guiding her through the day, and his efforts to include parents in each small achievement, makes that time spent apart easier.” Several Panda Bear parents also cited Liddell’s willingness to take on additional responsibilities without complaint.

Liddell received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Mason in 1997 and is now pursuing an M.A.I.S. degree in psychology, counseling, and early childhood education and development. Liddell says he would like to have a school of his own that addresses the needs of all individuals, and “beyond that, to have fun and learn.”

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