Name: Michelle Morrison
School: Red Cedar Elementary School
Title: Literacy interventionist for kindergartners and first-graders, and Student Intervention Team coordinator
Years working in the schools: 19
Biggest reward from teaching: It seems like the answer to this question should be simple, but there are so many aspects of my job that are rewarding on a daily basis. I love waking up to get ready for school each morning. I am lucky to work with kindergarten and first-grade students who are struggling with reading. I make it my mission to provide him or her with a positive, encouraging environment and to identify the needs of the whole child.
Every child who walks through the doors of my room is greeted with uplifting words and a genuine feeling of being cared about. I work very closely with the parents of my students and feel it is very important for them to know how much I care about their child's success. The absolute, most rewarding part of my job is when I observe a reluctant, struggling reader gain confidence in himself or herself and his or her ability to achieve anything that he or she sets his or her mind to. This makes it all worthwhile.
I once read a quote by Carl Jung that said the following: "One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." I am thankful for the opportunity to make a difference and have maintained relationships with many students who I taught 19 years ago. My students have touched my life as much as I have hopefully touched theirs.
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