Eric Lauver is Assistant Principal at Trinity High School, where, thanks to our focus on hands-on, problem-based learning, students are returning to Trinity from other districts and private/cyber/charter schools.
Mr. Lauver was the co-author of a TeamPA mini grant, earning $5,000 for a focus on improving college and career readiness options in the district by allowing students to visit employers to learn more about particular careers. Coupled with our partnership with Southwest Training, Trinity is positioned to graduate students with improved soft skills that employers find desirable.
Trinity is proud to be one of six public schools in America to have a Freight Farm, which is a fully-automated hydroponic farming facility housed in a shipping container. Here, students use authentic applications of science concepts to grow crops in an expedited way. Trinity currently partners with the Greater Washington County Food Bank to provide lettuce for needy families. In the future, crops will be harvested to serve in the Trinity cafeteria, and potentially, local restaurants looking for locally-sourced foods.
In addition to the freight farm, Trinity is proud to host a full fabrication lab, which is part of a career-aligned program, where students can prepare for careers in construction, mechanics, horticulture, and robotics.
Partnered with the National Math and Science Initiative, Trinity recently earned the #1 ranking in the USA in improvement in qualifying scores (188%) for a cohort with more than 50 students. Coupled with the highest School Performance Profile in Washington County, academic achievement goes hand in hand with authenticity at Trinity.
While at Trinity Middle School, Mr. Lauver redesigned the master schedule to prioritize STEAM learning, including the 8th Grade STEAM Academy, where students design, promote, and build within one interdisciplinary course. Additionally, Trinity Middle School requires computer programming courses for all students in grades 7 and 8, and was the first middle school in the country to implement the CS50 program through a partnership with Microsoft and Harvard.
As a music teacher in Bethel Park, Mr. Lauver was a flipped classroom innovator, leading to a presentation at the 2014 FlipCON at Mars Area High School.
Mr. Lauver holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Duquesne University, a Master of Music Degree from Duquesne University, and a Master of Education Degree from California University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Lauver lives in Jefferson Hills with his wife, a music teacher in the North Hills School District; and his sons.