2019 Teacher of the Year:
Whitney Morgan teaches English language arts to immigrant, migrant, and refugee students at Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas. She has taught for five years, all of which have been in this role.
Morgan began her career as an English teacher in 2013 after three years of internship service and contributions to nonprofits in Kansas City servicing foster and adoptive children, homeless teens, and public performing arts entertainment. Her nonprofit background influences her strengths-based collaboration, creativity, and stamina in the classroom and beyond. Morgan uses collaborative learning, such as food-centric literature circles and personal narratives, to engage students from all backgrounds and abilities in learning while also building community. Morgan aims to build both relational and systemic supports for all students.
A Stanford University Hollyhock Fellow, Morgan is a collaborative and reflective practitioner focused on content, strategies, and equity. She is currently leading a school-site team in re-evaluating and broadening the types of data used to inform instructional practice for student learning to include qualitative survey data on school climate. Morgan wants to encourage teachers, students, and the public to leverage their individual strengths to collectively work together towards an equitable education system founded in empathy and love. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in English from Middlebury Brad Loaf School of English.