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From CAPS teacher education to Wolf Springs launch

CAPS Teacher Education graduate Megan Holsapple will be among the inaugural staff at Blue Valley’s new Wolf Springs Elementary School. A 2011 graduate of BVH, Megan got her start in teaching when she participated in the CAPS Teacher Education program during the 2010-12011 school year. Megan attended Emporia State University and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. She plans to being work on her Master’s of Science to obtain a degree in School Leadership.

After graduating from Emporia Stae, Megan began her first year in a nearby district, but Blue Valley was always her goal as an educator. She began her Blue Valley journey at Timber Creek Elementary in 2nd grade during the 2016-2017 school year. While at Timber Creek, Megan met Dr. Anderson who shared her vision for the new Wolf Springs Elementary. Megan was immediately drawn in to working in a new school that would focus on the whole child by providing flexible seating classrooms, student choice and project based learning intertwined with curriculum that would allow for students to grow using 21st century skills and competencies. She sensed that the school will absolutely set the standard for what education will be like in the district and hopefully, even the world.

When asked about her CAPS experiences and who they prepared her for her work in the classroom, Megan had this to say, “I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to be a part of CAPS Teacher Education. This program truly prepared me for my future as a teacher. I had a one up on many of my peers when I entered college from the beginning. By being in CAPS, I was able to see the ins and outs of what it meant to be a teacher and also got to participate in things such as lesson planning and classroom/21st century technology. By being a CAPS intern, I also had experiences that closely mirrored student teaching by working alongside district teachers and teaching lessons directly to students. I still have connections to those teachers in the district today who have helped mold me by mentoring me long after I left CAPS. I will always cherish my time in CAPS because it truly set the standard for how I think as an educator.”