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P-CCS Teacher recognized as VFW Michigan Teacher of the Year

 P-CCS Teacher recognized as VFW Michigan Teacher of the Year

Bird Elementary teach Pam Morgan received a distinguished award from the VFW.

For Bird Elementary teacher Pam Morgan, service to the community is a way of life — and a family tradition.

With a father who fought in World War II and a brother who served in Vietnam, Morgan strives to align her love for teaching and empowering young minds with her deep commitment to honoring U.S. veterans. Morgan’s sense of purpose has led to a string of recognitions from the Michigan veterans community, including a VFW Michigan K-5 Teacher of the Year.

“I feel truly blessed and humbled to receive this recognition from the veteran community, and this will only help me redouble my efforts to continue doing what I love, which is to prepare students so they can excel in whatever they choose to do and to keep honoring the memory of those who have served our nation in uniform,” Morgan said.

Multiple honors

Morgan’s Michigan Teacher of the Year recognition in January followed a string of awards and honors: She was recognized as Plymouth VFW Post 6695 Teacher of the Year in November.

Then in early January, she was named District 4 Teacher of the Year. Morgan received the statewide honor at a VFW Department of Michigan and Auxiliary Mid-Winter Banquet Jan. 27 in Kalamazoo.

“At Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, innovative, effective learning happens every day, and Pam’s dedication to teaching and nurturing young people represents the kind of excellence we offer our students and families,” Superintendent Dr. Monica L. Merritt said.

“P-CCS is so proud of Pam for this incredible recognition she so deservedly earned.”

A P-CCS graduate, Morgan received her bachelor’s from Michigan State University and her master’s from Eastern Michigan University.

‘Every day an adventure’

“What I like best about teaching is that every day is an adventure in the classroom, and you never know the impact you will have on students,” she said. “There is no bigger honor than to reconnect with former students and parents of kids who were in your classroom.”

Plymouth Community Veterans' Memorial Park PHOTO BY LOCAL IMPACT ALLIANCE
Plymouth Community Veterans Memorial Park PHOTO BY LOCAL IMPACT ALLIANCE

Morgan said she strives to incorporate innovative ideas into her curriculum, which focuses on social studies.

For several years, Morgan has also helped organize special field trips to Plymouth Veterans Park where veterans from all branches of the military deliver presentations to students.

In addition, Morgan hosts a year-end camp that shines a light on patriotism with songs, crafts and activities.

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