Paying it forward

A doctoral student’s first favorite teacher left a lasting impact.

President Kevin M. Ross shakes the hand of graduate Vin Capone at Commencement.

Lynn University alumnus Vin Capone ’17 was not a model student. He struggled with dyslexia in his younger years and lacked the guidance from former teachers to excel. In fact, halfway through his doctorate in educational leadership at Lynn, he nearly left the program.

“K-12 education was tough for me, and I was apprehensive coming into this program,” said Capone, who enrolled in the program after learning about it through his employer and Lynn’s technology partner, Apple Inc. “But I was fortunate this time. Kathleen Weigel worked with me from the beginning to ensure my success, and that meant everything to me.”

Weigel, dean of the Donald E. and Helen L. Ross College of Education, recognized Capone’s struggle during their first class together when she asked her students to describe their favorite teacher. Capone responded that he never had one. From that day, Weigel made it her mission to unlock Capone’s potential and be the support that he needed at Lynn.

“Vin was brilliant and insightful. I am honored to have taught him and to have helped bring his talents to light.”

Kathleen Weigel, dean of the College of Education

“Every student is gifted, and it is our job as educators to unlock their gifts,” said Weigel. “Vin was brilliant and insightful. I am honored to have taught him and to have helped bring his talents to light.”

Upon graduation, Capone showed his appreciation to Weigel by establishing the Sarah and Vin Capone Family Scholarship in her honor. Capone hopes the academic scholarship will provide Lynn with the resources to make an impact on other students, the way Weigel made on him.

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