Plymouth, MN – Jake Cavanaugh is a science teacher at West Education Center in Intermediate District 287 (west metro) where he inspires unique learners to succeed in school and life.
Cavanaugh this week was recognized for being awarded a full-tuition scholarship from Capella University to receive his Master’s of Education through an alternative, flexible higher education pathway meant for educators. The Transforming Teaching and Learning (TTL) Scholarship is awarded to a teacher leader within a district who wishes to play a more active role in driving student achievement and impact.
“I have known since my junior year in high school that teaching is the only job for me,” said Cavanaugh. Teaching is about preparing students for lifelong lessons that will help them succeed in the future. Science is the medium with which I choose to work, and although I am not going to cure cancer or be published in Scientific America, many of my students may reach such great heights.”
As the recipient of the scholarship, Cavanaugh will take a lead role in sharing his learnings with his colleagues and work with Capella to study the impact of peer to peer learning on professional development. Cavanaugh will join a group of TTL Scholars from across the US who are currently participating in the program.
“We are looking forward to working with Jake,” said Dr. Amy Smith, Dean of Capella’s School of Education. “Our TTL scholars from across the country are not only dedicated to improving their own teaching but also to helping their peers learn and practice new skills. This innovative scholarship program awards them for those efforts.”
About Capella Education Company
Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) is an educational services company that provides access to high-quality education through online postsecondary degree programs and job-ready skills offerings needed in today’s market. Capella’s portfolio of companies is dedicated to closing the skills gap by providing the most direct path between learning and employment.
Like many in our community, we are overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief by the periodic senseless acts of violence that have taken place in school and communities across the country. Tragedies like these have a profound impact on our country, communities, and our students.
287 will keep their eyes and ears open for students who need support during this time. Our educators, school counselors, and school psychologists are on standby to support all students, especially those whose past experiences may make them even more vulnerable during this time.
We also want to share two resources with you that give guidance to educators and parents on how to speak to children about mass violence. Click here for resources.
We are so excited that our very own Dani Berry is a semi-finalist for the 2018 Teacher of the Year! Dani is a math teacher extraordinaire at Epsilon (Care & Treatment) #287edchat
"My favorite part of my job is helping students see themselves differently. Some students told themselves their whole lives that they were not good at math. Once in my classroom, we debunk this belief! They develop new ways of thinking and believing in themselves - and learn that how they view themselves as learners is what matters. They experience all the awesome ways that math impacts their lives and more times than not, they evolve into "math nerds!" I love seeing the confidence in their face and spark in their eyes when they start seeing the beauty and power of mathematics all around them." - Dani Berry