Shaun Caven, Principal
The 2018-2019 school year marks my 15th year in education. I began my teaching career at Smith County High School in Carthage where I taught for 3 years. During the past 11 years, I have worked as a teacher and now, administrator at M.A.P. Academy. Since coming to M.A.P., I have been twice named the school’s teacher of the year. I graduated from Cumberland University with a degree in education and then continued my education at Tennessee Tech University where I received my master’s degree in instructional leadership. I have been married for 12 years and have two young children. As a family, we love spending time together, playing, and watching sports. As the principal of Wilson County’s alternative program, I believe every child can learn, and as teachers, we have to find what motivates each student.
Pamela Walker, Assistant Principal
I have done several things in my life besides being an educator, but I believe all of them prepared me for the role I now have at M.A.P. I was raised on a beef cattle farm in West Tennessee, and it was there that I first learned to work and developed my work ethic. I earned my undergraduate degree at MTSU in Agriculture and my Masters in Teaching and Educational Leadership at Cumberland. I worked in the nursery industry, growing and marketing trees and shrubs, for many years following college. After a life change (a divorce), I was a college admissions officer for Sullivan University, a realtor, and worked for the Department of Education before deciding to pursue my first love, becoming an agriculture teacher and an FFA Advisor.
I spent seven years at Wilson Central where I was a part of one of the most successful agriculture and FFA programs in Tennessee. I left WCHS to work at Glencliff High School in Metro Nashville for three and a half years as the Academy Coach. That change gave me a wealth of experiences that prepared me to be an assistant principal. I believe that coming to M.A.P. has allowed me to “come home” to the county where I became a teacher. On a personal level, I have a son, daughter-in-law, and grandson who are precious to me, as well as a 10 lb. dog who welcomes me home every day. I am thankful and grateful to be at M.A.P. Academy and look forward to being a change agent in the lives of the young people we serve every day.