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My Background and Education:
 
I am from Odessa, Tx. I was born and raised there. My wife and I have 5 amazingly wonderful children. 
 
I graduated high school in 2004. After high school, I attended UT Permian Basin. I graduated in 2009 with my Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology and Special Populations. I got my teaching certifications in PE, Special Education, a Generalist certification, and finally a Technology Education certification. I worked at Bowie MS in Odessa, for 4 years. Then I moved over to Nimitz MS for 1 year. This is my 6th year at Thrall. 
 
My athletics experience started in JH. I played all of the sports offered. I ran cross country and track in high school. In college, I ran cross country and track as well. I was fortunate enough to be the team captain for my entire college career. After college, I have continued to run. I have also tried to continue to improve as a coach. I am a USA Track and Field certified Level 2 endurance coach, and USATF certified Cross Country Specialist.  I am in the process of doing my level 3 work. I am also a Pole Vault Safety Certification Board certified coach. I have coached volleyball, basketball, cross country and track since I started teaching. 
 
Good luck this year, and if you have any concerns or questions, please email me at jcavender@thrallisd.org.