A Welcome from Jenny Morris, Head of School
I was born in London, England, within the sound of Bow Bells (which makes me a Cockney) and still own a home there. It seems incredible that from the age of 21, I’ve taught in the USA, Canada, and England, with a couple of short breaks to have children and to take further degrees. There was never a question of doing anything else. That “Ah ha” moment, when a student understands something, is very appealing.
My background is almost exclusively as an educator. I studied to become a teacher for three years at Saffron Walden College of Education (near Cambridge, but in Essex, England). This course involved learning about the philosophy and psychology of education as well as extensive teaching practices in local schools. Essentially, it was a “sink or swim” approach to becoming a teacher. During my second teaching practice, I was presented with an Acme Thunderer whistle (which I still use to this day) and a bouquet of flowers. Also, I have undergraduate degrees from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in England (in Education), University of British Columbia, in Canada (in English) and a Master’s degree in English Literature from Texas A & M University.
I have three years’ experience in teaching English at Junior High level in England as well as at Saint Michael’s in the ‘90s (but my focus was American Literature then), when I was Head of Lower School; six years’ experience at Saint Michael’s teaching various age groups from 1989 to 1995, when I also served as Teacher’s Representative on the Saint Michael’s School Board; and twelve years’ experience in England as a Senior Teacher with responsibilities as a Special Services Coordinator and Gifted and Talented Coordinator. Also, I have taught as a Kindergarten teacher for two terms at a tough school in Outer London, a Grade 2 teacher at a very exclusive elementary school in Cambridge, and a substitute teacher in West Vancouver, Canada; Cambridge, England; and the Dallas School Board, USA. Then I returned as Head of Lower School/Special Services/Grade 4 to Saint Michael’s as of 2010.
Our daughters, Julia and Kate, enjoyed being students at Saint Michael’s from 1989 – 1995. Operettas, foreign languages, Sciences, and the Arts gave them confidence and a certain academic rigor which continues to serve them well. After all, Saint Michael’s is still the best private school in the Brazos Valley. If there is any doubt about this, check out our PSIA results.
I am excited and happy to serve as Head of School at Saint Michael’s. We have a dedicated School Board, students, parents and teachers. What could be better?