Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Freedom Middle School Teacher of the Year Kate Morris and Principal Sheila Grimes.
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A defining lesson that Kate Morris teaches her reading and language arts special education students at Freedom Middle School is the preparation and delivery of a speech to the class.
Public speaking is dreaded by many middle school students, but often especially by special education students, who Ms. Morris said frequently believe the negative stereotypes about special education that she works to combat.
“They think they are ‘stupid’ because they are in special education and/or because they are in small group classes,” said Ms. Morris, a Woodstock HS graduate who began her career six years ago at Freedom MS. “By the end of the school year, I end up changing their minds because I instill confidence in them.”
And one way, she said, is the speech assignment. She tells the story a student with autism, and how her anxiety and self-doubt melted away as her speech, “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others” was met with a standing ovation at its end – by the entire class of both regular and special education students.
“Ms. Morris,” one of her students shared, “has cared for me like no other teacher has.”
In her own words: “I love helping students reach their full potential even if they cannot see it in themselves.”
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