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December '9Teachers Who Care' winner Jean Kavanagh

12:55 PM, Dec 30, 2010   |    comments
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Jean teaches 7th grade science at Goddard Middle School in Littleton.  She has tons of energy, and says the best part of her job is what the students teach her. 

"I don't think a day goes by that they aren't teaching me something new," Kavanagh said. "That's the nature of science, we're all learning together."

The day we visited her classroom, the lesson was levers and balance.  The students had to balance a seesaw made of sticks and weights. There was a lot of trial and error, especially error. 

As sticks flew all over the place, a few students were able to achieve perfect balance. When it works, that's when science suddenly makes sense, and when Miss Kavanagh gets very excited. 

"They need to know that their discoveries . . mean something," Kavanagh said. "Even though I may have already known it, it's their new discovery, and it's important to them."

Miss Kavanagh was nominated by one of her former students, Natalie Cozart. She says every day in her class was fun and exciting, and it's because Miss Kavanagh loves what she does  so much.

Congratulations to Jean Kavanagh, the December winner of our "9Teachers Who Care" award.

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