Jake Holen

Fine Arts Teacher

Began at Teachwell:

 2017

Why did you choose this field?

Working with students is an exciting job that leaves you wondering what the next day will be like. I couldn't imagine a career in which I didn't work with students. Because of the excitement and fulfillment I have found in teaching, I enjoy going to work every single day.

What or who most inspires you?

I am inspired by people who believe in themselves. I am inspired by people who show humility by seeking guidance from others and by individuals who learn from their mistakes and use them to help others.

What was your favorite subject in school?

Social Studies or Gym.

Why Teachwell?

I have heard wonderful things about Teachwell Solutions over the years and when the opportunity to work with students at McCrossan opened up I felt it would be a great fit for me.

What keeps you motivated?

The love, support, and encouragement of my family. Knowing that they are behind me motivates me to try to improve as a person every single day.

How do you hope to make a difference?

I hope to make lasting connections with my students and to help them see that mistakes in life can help shape us into stronger individuals if we are willing to learn from them.

Goals for the future?

Finish my masters degree.

What is your background experience – degrees, experience, skills?

I have worked with students for the majority of my life through coaching and teaching. I have a degree in Secondary Education - History from the University of Jamestown and am working on a masters degree in Leadership at the University of Sioux Falls.

People would be surprised to know that . . .

despite my struggles with spelling, I have written a book.