For Nicolette Morgan, more than two decades of classroom experience and her work in helping other teachers chart a path to success adds up this year to her selection as LCPS’s Outstanding Secondary School Mathematics Teacher for 2016.
The award is presented on behalf of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Morgan, who teaches in the STEM Math Lab at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School, will be recognized at the group’s annual conference in Greensboro in October.
“She’s outstanding,” said Amy Jones, the district’s director of high school education and Morgan’s former principal at CSS. “She is an exemplary teacher whose impact on math instruction is felt beyond her classroom. She receives positive results with her students and, as a member of the district Math Leadership Team, works side by side with teachers and administrators to promote effective mathematics teaching and learning throughout our schools.”
A teacher for 23 years, Morgan was chosen for the Math Leadership Team from the some 90 LCPS math teachers who participated in the three-year summer “support institute” led by East Carolina University professors. She also helped develop the district’s curriculum guides for math teachers and worked as a master teacher alongside Teach for America corps members who were training this summer in the classrooms of LCPS’s Summer Exploratory Camp.
She teaches sixth, seventh and eighth graders at CSS, where she’s worked all six years the school’s been open. She joined LCPS as a math teacher at Savannah Middle School, a predecessor to the K-8 school, a year earlier.
To her, teaching math is as much about inspiring as instructing.
“A lot of times the kids come in with the attitude that they can’t do this, that this is hard; so it’s my job to inspire them and motivate them and help them believe they can do something, to see that even though they made a mistake that it’s just another pathway to get them on the right track,” she said.
“I believe everybody can experience success.”
A native of Elizabeth City, Morgan earned her bachelor’s degree at Elizabeth City State University and her master’s from Cambridge University. She is working toward a master of school administration degree at East Carolina University.
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