Teacher Spotlight: Jenny Morgan
01/19/2016 9:03 am
Q & A With Jenny Morgan
Jenny Morgan, 8th grade U.S. history teacher, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadfield Social Studies (grades 5-12) with emphasis in history, geography and psychology. She then earned her Master's of Education-Professional Development with focus on Constructivism from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Besides school, Morgan has a wide variety of experiences around the world. As part of the Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship, she studied for six weeks in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She also studied Delta Culture at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, and the material culture of the Civil War at Gettysburg College.
Why did you become a teacher?
You might say it is in my blood. I’m a third generation graduate of what was at my grandmother’s time the Normal School that became UW-Platteville. My grandmother was a 3rd grade teacher and my mother was a high school English teacher. My youngest sister also teaches in Illinois. In reality, I completely fell in love with history in college and education seemed like the best way to share my love of history.
What do you love most about the West Salem School District?
The parents and community are generally supportive of education. The staff truly cares about students and this is clear in all they do.
Favorite classroom memory?
It actually took place on one of our 8th grade trips to Washington D.C. We were at the Korean Memorial when a group of Veterans on a Freedom Honor Flight came through. Without me even saying a word, my students started clapping for the veterans and giving high fives. To see the smiles on those men and women who gave so much touches my heart still today.
Best piece of advice for students?
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Tell me a little bit about yourself:
In 2010, I took a volunteer vacation to Rwanda to work with an NGO called Global Grassroots. I helped document oral histories of women involved in many of their programs related to the water crisis, learning a trade (sewing) to support a family, and literacy
I have served on the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors in the capacity of Southwest Delegate, President-Elect/Conference Planner, President, Past-President and currently as Awards Chair
This past August I began my 3 year term as the K-12 Delegate at Large to the National Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors
In high school and college, my summer job was taking photos for the local newspaper of Chicago Bear Training Camp at UW-Plattevilleâ€‹