Michelle Morgan, NBCT

Michelle began her teaching career with the Prince William Country School District in Woodbridge, VA, then relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah. She joined Granite School District in 2007 as a resource teacher at Beehive Elementary in Kearns, Utah. In 2013, Michele earned her National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. In 2015, Michele earned the Excel Teacher Award. Since 2017 Michelle has worked as an Elementary Special Education Coordinator for Granite School District, and currently mentors new teachers. She earned her BA in Communications at Brigham Young University, and pursued a Master’s Degree in Special Education at George Mason University.

One Step Away from Crisis

February 4, 2022

By: Michelle Morgan, NBCT As we start this new year, both educators and students are doing their very best every day to just to show up. Moving into the third year of the pandemic, teachers are twice as likely to feel stress and three times as likely to be depressed as they were in 2019.  Social workers and school psychologists are overwhelmed with student mental health referrals. Is living each day in escalation, just one step away from a crisis? I suggest that understanding the crisis cycle can help educators cope, and also enable us to better support our students…

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Shake it Off and Step Up

November 11, 2020

There is a story about a farmer’s donkey who falls down a well. The farmer tries to get the donkey out, but decides that the animal is too old to bother saving, and the well needs to be covered up anyway. He and his neighbors start shoveling dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realizes what is happening and starts to cry. But then he quiets down. The farmer looks down at the donkey and is amazed at what he sees. With every shovel of dirt that hits the animal’s back, the donkey shakes it off and takes a…

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Keep on Staying

December 3, 2019

After a long day at school, I will get on my phone and see what stories are in the news.  I read lots of articles about teaching.  Recently, I have been reading too many accounts of why teachers have chosen to leave the profession entirely.  I find this distressing. Teaching is my second career.  My undergraduate degree is in advertising, and my first career was as an account manager for an advertising agency.  I thought it would be exciting, but I did not enjoy it.  I wasn’t really connecting with anyone and I wasn’t making a difference. I decided I…

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