Josh Cauhorn enjoys going to work every day and watching his students succeed.
Upon graduation from Huntington University in 2009, the Chicago Hope Academy hired Cauhorn to teach English and speech classes to freshmen and juniors as well as coach soccer and track.
“I enjoy spending time with my students,” he said. “It’s a rewarding experience when I see one of them succeed. Right now, we have to have people who are committed to education. These students need us.”
Cauhorn, a 2009 English education graduate, particularly values his experience from his multicultural practicum class offered through the education department. He teaches an ethnically diverse class and feels his practicum helped him learn about other cultures. Also, his classes at HU taught him how to understand how his students think and overcome the challenge of conveying large amounts of information during their short time together.
“It is always satisfying at the end of the year when I can see how much the students have learned in the final exam,” he said.
Aside from working with his students, Cauhorn also enjoys working alongside a Christian staff at the Chicago Hope Academy who have the same goal in mind — seeking the redemption of this world through education.
“It means a lot to work at a school that sees what needs to happen in education and is putting all of its effort into trying to do things right,” he said.
As a student at HU, Cauhorn found that the one-on-one attention and trust he received from his professors made him feel well prepared for his current position. The faculty and staff challenged his opinions and thoughts and encouraged him to invest in thought-provoking conversations.
And when he was not sitting in his English and education classes, he spent his free time making a difference on HU’s campus in his role as vice president of student senate. He also played soccer, offered tours to prospective students and mentored the guys on his floor as a campus ministry coordinator.
HU taught Cauhorn how to connect with peers, faculty and colleagues in a genuine manner and showed him the foundations of how to be an effective leader.
Even though it’s been two years since he graduated, Cauhorn appreciates the friendships he built while in school and the qualities he developed from those friendships.
“I’m still in constant contact with the guys I lived with on Wright Third,” Cauhorn said. “I know exactly where each of them are. I’ve even been in a few of the guys’ weddings since I left.”
Cauhorn encourages future students to become involved in the HU campus and to take risks by stepping outside comfort zones.
“Huntington gets better when you invest more of yourself into it,” he said. “Open yourself up and be real with people. It will make the transition after graduation much easier.”
Cauhorn hopes to continue his education at either the University of Michigan or Boston College to pursue a J.D. degree in law combined with either an LLM in international human rights or an M.Ed.
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