Teacher Spotlight: Morris

Abby Knowles, Feature Editor, Ads Manager


Why did you decide to become a teacher?

Ever since I was about six years old, I knew that I was going to be a teacher. I remember playing school with all of the neighborhood kids on my front porch and demanding to be the teacher every time. I knew that I wanted to do something that I would enjoy, even if it meant that I would never be rich. I love to write and paint, so teaching English and Art seemed like the right choice.

Have you taught anywhere? Where?

I started off teaching sophomore English at North Shore High School in Houston. After that, I moved back to my hometown, Bryan, TX, and spent the last five years teaching a combination of English and Art. Now that I am at Vandegrift, I don’t plan on going anywhere!

What is your favorite part about being a teacher?

My favorite part about being a teacher is that it keeps me young at heart.

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject? Why? My favorite subject in school was Journalism. Being on the newspaper staff and writing editorials gave me a voice in a school of over 2,000 students. I had the greatest teacher who is still my mentor today.

What is one fun fact about yourself

At one point in college I was a Geology major.  I spent the summer knee deep in a swamp taking samples of mud and sand and then analyzing them in a lab at the University of Houston.  I got to go to Seattle and present my findings at a science conference, where I won an award.  Sometimes I wonder where I’d be today had I not changed my major.