Ellen Cavanaugh, Ph.D.
I straddle the worlds of robotics and theology, 3rd grade research fellows at Baden Academy Charter School and undergraduates at Duquesne University, small business ownership (Grow a Generation, LLC) and community advocacy (director of the Beaver County STEM Education Coalition). I am passionate about inspiring and giving tools to parents and K-16 kids who are working to develop 21st century skills of innovation, critical thinking, collaboration, emotional intelligence, resilience, leadership, and vision.
In 2011, I founded Grow a Generation, a company dedicated to that mission. I also founded the Beaver County STEM Education Advocacy Coalition, a community based organization of professionals, teachers, and community members advocating for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and opportunities needed for 21st century jobs.
Most recently, I accepted the position of Director of the new Baden Academy Media Lab and will be overseeing the project based/passion based projects of the young research scholars.
I teach theology at Duquesne University (Vita), robotics at the Community College of Beaver County, coach FIRST robotics, serve as a learning coach for my son in his high school studies in a cyber school, Commonwealth Connections Academy, and build networks between diverse professionals eager to prepare our children to thrive in a world of global competition, exponential technological growth, and changing insights from positive psychology into what motivates and fulfills us as human beings.
Subscribe to my newsletter for regular insights, resources and encouragement. I would be honored to inspire and motivate your group or company as a speaker. I am working to answer your requests for skill handbooks and project workbooks, keep checking the website! Soon, I will be posting opportunities to travel with my family on voluntour trips in the Dominican Republic.
I live with my wonderful husband and my youngest child in our home in Southwestern Pennsylvania. My grown daughter often helps with the voluntours. My latest book 21st Century Parenting is due to be released May 2013. Please send me a message and tell me about you!