Cavins: Former U.S Military Officer Becomes Apart of Wayne Hills Staff

By Anna Badami, Staff Writer

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WHHS has hired a new assistant principal. Jacob Cavins is one of the new administrators at WHHS; Cavins is in charge of mathematics, special education, and the ninth grade class.

Before joining Wayne Hills staff, Cavins worked at Ridgefield Park Junior-Senior High Schools for seven years as both a math teacher and then a math supervisor for grades 5-12.  He taught a variety of courses ranging from eighth-grade math to AP-calculus. Cavins earned his master’s degree in educational leadership at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently pursuing his Ed. D. in K-12 educational leadership at Seton Hall University.

“I applied to WHHS because I was very attracted to the number of opportunities for students, as well as the professionalism of the faculty,” says Cavins.

Before his educational career, he served in the U.S Military. He graduated from the U.S Military Academy at West Point with a B.S in electrical engineering and then spent eight years as a U.S Army officer. Cavins served as a platoon leader and pilot in an AH64-D attack helicopter battalion. Cavins was a military captain; he served three years in combat tours in operation Iraqi freedom earning two bronze stars and two air medals.

Cavins says his military experience helped him with his educational career today.

”It’s built a foundation of skills in leadership, taught me how to handle many tasks at once, and showed me how it’s important to put another’s needs before your own,” said the assistant principal.

“I love it here at WHHS,” Cavins continues.  “The students in all grades are wonderful, respectful, and talented. Teachers go above and beyond and the administration is nothing but helpful,” he said, adding that Hills is the perfect fit for him.

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