Extraordinary Educator: Andy Morris, Mt. Ararat Middle School
Author: Jenna Jeffrey
Published: Friday, 21 May 2021
Image caption: Andy Morris, Mt. Ararat Middle School
Junior Achievement and MEMIC recognize educators as role models and mentors who help empower, motivate, and prepare students to envision their future and ignite a passion for continuous learning. The "Extraordinary Educators" campaign will take a closer look at Maine educators, their stories, their commitment to serving Maine’s youth, and the impact they have on their students.
Take a look at our Q&A with Andy Morris from Mt. Ararat Middle School!
What made you want to become a teacher?
While I was a college freshman majoring in business I was having a conversation with a teacher and told her that business wasn't what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. She suggested I come to school with her for the day and see what being a teacher looked like. I really enjoyed the day and switched my major to education.
Do you have a favorite memory as a teacher?
I can't say I have a favorite memory because it really is all the little things that happen over a 42 year teaching career that brings a smile to my face.
Why do you choose to bring JA to your students?
Part of the eight grade curriculum includes a unit based on an economic standard. When my principal approached me about bringing the JA program to our schools I thought what a perfect opportunity to bring in local community members that can enrich our students experience in economics with real world information and stories.
Do you have a favorite JA moment in your classroom?
My favorite JA moments have been when students participate in the Soft Skills sessions because it teaches students life lessons that go beyond the economic world.
What do you hope your students take away from their time with you?
I want my students to look back at their 8th grade year as a positive memorable experience where they enjoyed coming into my class, had fun learning about history and had a voice in their learning. I want them to feel prepared to be high school students that are focused, respectful, and responsible learners.
Thank you Andy for all you do for Maine students!
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