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Proud K-Stater from Woodlawn School named Lawrence Elementary Teacher of the Year

Marilou Cavin talks with her second-grade students after receiving the school district's Elementary School Teacher of the year award Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at Woodlawn. "I think you should redecorate our room," said one student, after Cavin was awarded a check for $1,000 for the honor.

Marilou Cavin talks with her second-grade students after receiving the school district's Elementary School Teacher of the year award Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at Woodlawn. "I think you should redecorate our room," said one student, after Cavin was awarded a check for $1,000 for the honor.

February 21, 2012

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A Woodlawn second-grade teacher who coworkers describe as a proud Riverhawk who stays the course and is a steady eddy was honored Tuesday as the Lawrence Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Marilou Cavin was recognized by Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll during a school assembly. Doll told the elementary students that Cavin had been selected as teacher of the year for her calm, steady presence and willingness to help others.

“She is always looking out for the kids,” Doll said.

Cavin has been teaching at Woodlawn for nearly 20 years.

“It was definitely an honor to be recognized,” Cavin said. “I’ve always put my whole heart into the kids.”

Cavin wasn’t expecting to be honored, but when Doll mentioned a longtime teacher with a Kansas State background was getting the award, Cavin thought it might be her.

“There are a few K-Staters in the building. I’m very proud of it. And, they’ve teased me for many years,” Cavin said. “There are a lot of wonderful teachers here and a few of us have been here for a very long time.”

Prior to joining Lawrence Public Schools in 1989, Cavin spent 12 years working with children in nursery schools and child care centers in Lawrence, Manhattan, Clay Center and Junction City.

Cavin was among the teachers who started the school’s Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site and continues to volunteer at workday events to help maintain it.

“She goes above and beyond what is in the classroom to help the school community,” Woodlawn principal Jeanne Fridell said and pointed to the number of committees, both at the school and district level, that Cavin has served on.

“I have served on a lot of boards,” Cavin admitted. “I want to make sure the kids have the best education possible. I want to find the materials that are appropriate for them. And, it gives you a heads up of what is coming down the pike.”

The honor comes with a $1,000 check from KU Credit Union and Cavin’s photo will be displayed in the district office. Her name will also be nominated to the Kansas State Department of Education’s Kansas Teacher of the Year program.

While one of Cavin’s students recommended redesigning the classroom with the award money, Cavin said she isn’t quite sure what she’ll do with it. But she said she might buy something small for her students.

Cavin’s said it’s watching the students grow and learn that inspires her.

Comments

obamasocks 3 years, 4 months ago

K-stater? Man, they've really lowered the bar on this one.

-congrats :)

bunnyhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Despite her humble origins, ;p Marilou has deserved this award every one of the years she has been teaching!!!!! It's wonderful for her to be recognized!!!!!

Janet FitzGerald 3 years, 4 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS, Marilou!!! That's coming from a Wild Hawk! I'm proud to have gone to BOTH schools! Arwen loves you and she has learned so much from you. Thank you for all that you do! ~Janet FitzGerald

Janet FitzGerald 3 years, 4 months ago

Congratulations, Marilou!!! That's coming from a Wild Hawk! I'm proud to have gone to BOTH schools! Arwen loves you and she has learned so much from you. Thank you for all that you do! ~Janet FitzGerald

Lawrence Morgan 3 years, 4 months ago

Congratulations!

If you get a chance, since you helped build and maintain the Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site, you might be interested in sharing the website for live eagles as they nest their eggs (see the Wellcommons web site). I think that kids would learn more from nature being tuned in to a live web site with eagles - I was watching as the eagle had her second egg yesterday evening - than most TV shows or video games.

That's the way I learned first about the outdoors. Your nature center wasn't built then, but I learned with friends to really appreciate the outdoors and the animals I saw.

Congratulations again!

jhawkinsf 3 years, 4 months ago

Good for her. And I'm going to be a big K-State fan tonight when they play mizzou.

roosmom 3 years, 4 months ago

Congrats, from this Woodlawn parent.

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