Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Jackie Morris
MY MISSION STATEMENT/VISION:
I am dedicated to ensuring that all students receive individualized services and supports in order to feel confident emotionally, socially, and academically, to provide a future of limitless possibilities.
Welcome to my webpage! This is my fourth year at B.F.Grady and my sixteenth year teaching in special education! I grew up in Goldsboro and graduated from Eastern Wayne High School. I live in Seven Springs with my husband and our furbabies! We raise Labradoodles (Bay River Labradoodles), and we have chickens, and turkeys too!
My academic background includes graduating from East Carolina University with a B.A-Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I decided to pursue a teaching career in special education via the lateral entry route. While taking classes at Salem College for licensure, I decided that going on for a Master of Arts degree in teaching special education would be an added benefit. After obtaining my M.A.T. degree, I just kept taking classes. I loved being around other educators and collaborating with people who shared the same interests professionally. I took classes at the doctorate level and I really craved getting a doctorate degree, but life happened and I stopped after achieving an Ed.S-Education Specialist in Higher Education with a concentration in Sociology from Appalachian State University.
WHY SPECIAL EDUCATION?
A lot of people ask me why I chose special education rather than regular education as my teaching path. I remember as a child that I would line my stuffed animals up and teach them. I even had a green chalkboard that I wrote on! I'm not sure if my stuffed animal students had disabilities or not, but a person in my life had a big impact on me and is probably the person responsible for my choice in areas of teaching. I had the most amazing experience growing up with my cousin Todd, who is two years older than me. Todd was born without a chromosome, which caused him to have a severe intellectual disability as well as difficulties with communication. Todd was definitely my inspiration, but I also had personal reasons for choosing special education. Honestly, I struggled in my high school years academically due to health issues. I really didn't enjoy learning during those years. I wasn't treated as a smart kid nor did I think of myself as smart. I remember not understanding Algebra at all and that has always been a struggle for me. I managed to make it through all of the required Algebra classes to graduate high school and college. It wasn't easy and I feel like I can relate to my students who have doubted themselves due to having struggles in school. Whatever their area of struggle, I am here to help them succeed. I feel that teaching the whole child is very important. I want my students to feel confident emotionally, socially, and academically. I can genuinely say that I love my students and I love watching them become confident in their abilities.
Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with!