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Meet Dr. Lara Cavin

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3: 5, 6

Dr. Lara Cavin currently serves as Assistant Professor for the Department of Teacher Education at East Texas Baptist University, and formerly served as the Director of Field Experiences and Certification Officer from 2017-2020.  Prior to becoming full-time faculty, Dr. Cavin served three years as an adjunct professor at ETBU and 13 years in public schools, as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal at the elementary and middle school levels. Dr. Cavin earned a BSE in Interdisciplinary Studies from East Texas Baptist University (1999), a M. Ed. in Educational Administration and Superintendent Certification from the University of Texas at Tyler, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. Her academic and research interests are in the areas of principal perceptions of first-year teachers, trust development in educational leadership, and the impact of high-leverage practices on student learning.  Dr. Cavin is a committed Christian educator who fundamentally believes in the ministerial capacity and impact that educators have on a daily basis through their work.