Position: Fifth Grade Teacher
School: Marion G. Vedder Elementary School
School District: North Babylon School District
City, State: North Babylon, New York
About the Nominee: Tara Cavanagh was nominated by her principal, Kerry Larke. Ms. Cavanagh has taught at Marion G. Vedder Elementary School for over 20 years as both a kindergarten teacher and fifth grade teacher. For the past 13 years, she has been working with fifth grade students. She has a calm, thoughtful and patient approach to teaching. She understands and demonstrates the concepts of "Teach Like a Champion." Ms. Cavanagh welcomes students of all abilities into her classroom and has a talent for developing small group/partner experiences that address the needs of each student. She has always been interested in being involved in school wide activities such as the school Safety Patrol, which she ran for years, as well as the Sunshine Committee that focused on social experiences. Most recently, she helped to organize a Senior Breakfast which invited the district's high school seniors who once attended Marion G. Vedder Elementary back to the school. These seniors were able to enjoy breakfast, memories, photographs and friendly conversation with their former teachers and staff members. They also shared how special this experience was and how they were grateful to have the opportunity to meet with those teachers who had such a positive influence on their early years. This would not have been possible without Ms. Cavanagh's sincere desire to make a difference. Her school is very fortunate to have her as an educator and LifeChanger!