"Each day my students surprise me, challenge me, inspire me, make me laugh, and give me hope for a better world."
MEET THE TEACHER
Although Shannon Morey hails originally from Michigan, she identifies with the community that she has found at East Boston High School – where students, families, and colleagues are well supported. In the Science Department, Shannon has found ongoing opportunities for collaboration in addition to the structured professional learning time that teachers receive at the school.
Prior to teaching in Boston, Shannon worked as a partner in many school districts across Massachusetts, and feels that Boston Public Schools provides students and teachers with more opportunities to grow and develop thank anywhere else in the state.
Hometown: Inlay City, Michigan
Alma Mater (Undergraduate): Michigan State University
Position: Science Teacher, East Boston High School
Best website for science teachers: PBS Learning Media
Dinner with anyone: Nellie Bly
Restaurant recommendation: Any Flour Bakery location – the sandwiches and baked goods are to die for!
How best to unwind: Knitting, sewing, cooking or baking. I like to make.
Q&A: Shannon's Perspective
The Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital sat down with Shannon Morey in fall 2014 to learn more about her experiences in the Boston Public Schools as a community member, teacher, and educator of color.
Here's what we learned during our time with Shannon.
Why do you love teaching in Boston? The best part of teaching in Boston is the students. Each day they surprise me, challenge me, inspire me, make me laugh, and give me hope for a better world.
What is one of your keys to success as a teacher? Building relationships with my students is very important. Learning about their outside interests, discussing their college and career interests, and being available to talk about questions or problems they are having has been key to developing a strong classroom culture.
What was the best lesson/unit that you've ever taught? I have my students design and carry out a science fair experiment. The chance to investigate a question of their own choosing and create a controlled experiment has challenged all of my students to grow as scientists.
What is something that you are proud of, professionally? As a Boston teacher, I’ve been able to connect students to local environmental groups, allowing them to conduct real world research that will impact their community. I've also had the opportunity to found and co-chair a national conference series on science communication.