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Ethan Fried Honored as Summer 2012 College of Education Student Marshal

Ethan Fried of Langhorne, PA, will be honored as the College of Education student marshal at the Penn State baccalaureate commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 11, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Ethan Fried, Summer 2012 Student MarshalEthan Fried of Langhorne, PA, was honored as the College of Education student marshal at the Penn State baccalaureate commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 11, at the Bryce Jordan Center. He selected Dr. David Chase, who served as his academic advisor, to escort him as the college’s Faculty Marshal.

Fried graduated with a B.S. in secondary education and a B.A. in history. He is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies and has been recognized on the Dean’s List every semester.

Fried’s interest in education started early. “Growing up, I was surrounded by this culture where learning and education were just a central part of who you were,” he explained. “My mother is a teacher, and I would go to work with her and work with the kids.” His high school teachers were an influence as well. “They branded into my mind that teaching is something that I wanted to do.”

He completed his student teaching practicum in a twelfth-grade government and politics classroom at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, PA. “You live, breathe, and eat lesson planning,” Fried recalled, citing his practicum as his most challenging experience at Penn State. It was also the place where it all came together. Like the day when nothing was working, including the copy machine, and his supervisor stopped by for a visit. “I remember thinking ‘I got this.’ I was able to utilize all that I learned and actually apply it to a really great lesson.”

When asked about his experience in the College of Education, Fried mentioned some of his teachers. His supervisor, Diane Goluboff, was the toughest. “Looking back, I learned more about myself in the course of three months than in the other three and a half years of college. I attribute a lot of the credit to Diane, who is one of most wonderful staff the college has.” Ethan also wanted to thank College of Education graduate student Lance Mason who taught the “most exhilarating, intellectually stimulating class.”

In addition to his coursework, Ethan helped other students as a writing tutor in the Penn State Undergraduate Learning Center. He was also a tutor with the Volunteers in Public Schools Program in State College area high schools.

Ethan’s parents, Fran and Harvey, and siblings, Meira, Ari, and Faith, plan to attend the ceremony.

After graduation, Ethan plans to apply to graduate programs in American History at University of Pennsylvania, American University, and University of California, Berkeley. He also hopes to work with history museum education outreach programs.

-- By Chris Whitehead (August 2012)