Sandie Morgan teaches sixth, seventh and eighth grade mathematics at Nativity of Mary School in Independence. She has been teaching for 28 years.
More about Sandie Morgan
Experience: Morgan teaches sixth, seventh and eighth grade mathematics at Nativity. She has been teaching for 28 years at several schools within the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocesan School System.
Education: Morgan has a bachelor of science in elementary/secondary education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, M. and a master’s degree in education administration from Benedictine College.
Family: Morgan has three sisters and a brother as well as 12 nieces and nephews and five great nieces and nephews.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
“Throughout my own schooling, I encountered teachers who challenged me to be my best and many of these teachers inspired me to become a teacher. These teachers helped me achieve my potential and to find a great satisfaction in learning. I also have a great love for sports and enjoy passing my love of sports, particularly Volleyball, to other students. Given the opportunity, I can’t imagine being engaged in any other profession the way I am in education.”
What is most challenging as a teacher? Why?
“The one thing I would indicate as most challenging as a teacher is to reach those students who lack confidence in their own abilities. I believe that every student has a gift on some level of learning and helping them find that gift or talent can take a great deal of time and patience for myself as well as for them. There are those students who come to my classroom without any type of support system, and I hope that I can give them that support even if it exists only within the classroom to make a lifelong difference for that child at that time in their life.”
What teaching moment is most memorable?
“There are many such teaching moments that come to mind, but just recently, I had a particular experience with a young man who had been a student in my classroom many years ago. I was at the grocery store, and this young man approached me and asked if I remembered him. His name came to mind immediately. He had not been an outstanding student and was very quiet and reserved in the classroom. He was often the child in the background with his head down and causing no problems. I told him that I did remember him, and he hugged me and said, ‘Thank you for making a difference in my life. You were the only one who ever cared about me.’ As long as I live, I will never forget that moment of humility and remember as a teacher, you may not see the immediate results with a student, but they are there and extremely rewarding.”
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