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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 EDUCATION:

     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!

Mrs. Morris