The Teaching & Leading Initiative of Oklahoma (TLI) has recognized a Cameron University alumna as one of the top 20 novice teachers in the state. Kimberly Morgan is a 2017 magna cum laude graduate who earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the CU program hosted by Rogers State University in Claremore. She was selected as part of TLI’s first 20 Under 2 list. The list celebrates emerging teacher leaders, high performers and novice educators who make Oklahoma’s future look bright. The 20 honorees, each of whom has been in the classroom for two years or less, were selected based on outstanding classroom culture, academic results, and contributions to Oklahoma’s public schools
Morgan is a third grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Pryor. In addition to strong academic and personal student growth, she’s known for creatively transforming her classroom to fit the latest lesson.
“My biggest wish is that students find their love of learning,” Morgan says. “Learning is an adventure! I transformed my classroom into a Fortnite theme, and we learned area and perimeter based on the Fortnite map.”
Other classroom transformations include themes like glow-in-dark carnival and the 12 days of Christmas.
“Mrs. Morgan's enthusiasm, knowledge, and engagement is contagious among the learners she attends to,” says Kirk Emerine, Principal at Lincoln Elementary. “She engages many hard-to-reach learners and has successfully brought up the academic abilities of all learners.”
While a Cameron student, Morgan was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and largest all-discipline honor society. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and the top 7.5 percent of juniors.
The 20 Under 2 honorees were selected from submissions made by principals, veteran teachers and district leaders, who submitted their top novice teachers for consideration. Each nomination was reviewed and scored by a panel of education professionals.
June 21, 2019