Ms. Morelus has been teaching biology for 5 years. She entered teaching through an alternative certification program, and knows the challenges that can come with being a first year teacher. The 2014-2015 school year was her first time serving as a mentor teacher – which served as a great learning and professional development opportunity for her – as she loves sharing her experiences and teaching practices with her colleges and new teachers.
She feels being a mentor was important for her to give back to the education community: “As an educator, our goal is always centered on the student, and better teachers equate to better students.”
In her spare time, Ms. Morelus enjoys traveling as much as possible and her favorite traveling companion is her two year old daughter.
When it comes to being an educator, she says, “I do it for the end of the year. Every year I welcome students into my class who have never before passed a STAAR test and expect the same failure when taking biology – being able to see students’ progress throughout the year and suddenly see them believe in their abilities is awesome. I love being able to see their hard work pay off.”
As for her future in education, she hopes to continue being an effective teacher and role model for her students. She says, “Every year is a new year. The students’ success from the previous year is important, but I can’t dwell on it because I now have a new group of students to get to achieve the goal. It won’t be easy, but I know they can do it.”