Drew Morris stands in a gymnasium full of Craig Middle School students and teachers before an eighth-grader versus teacher floor hockey game Friday at CMS. Morris has taught social studies to eighth-graders at CMS for three years and is a Moffat County High School graduate.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Drew Morris stands in a gymnasium full of Craig Middle School students and teachers before an eighth-grader versus teacher floor hockey game Friday at CMS. Morris has taught social studies to eighth-graders at CMS for three years and is a Moffat County High School graduate.

Drew Morris: Teaching regional appreciation

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Eighth-grade social studies teacher and coach at Craig Middle School for three years

“I went to school at the University of Wyoming. I came back here intending to teach, but I didn’t intend on coming to Craig to teach, it just kind of worked out that way. My father’s Orlando Frangipani (Craig Middle School teacher David Morris), so I figured I should ask his permission, and he beat me a couple times but then told me that I could accept the job.

The thing I enjoy about social studies is westward expansion and teaching kids how we got to the West and things like Native American culture. The region really lends itself to that. I enjoy hiking and fishing and exploring, and Northwest Colorado is the place to be if you enjoy the outdoors and learning about Colorado history.

I try to do that in school. We bring them out to show them the Meeker Massacre battle site, and they really enjoy that a lot. We also do some community service stuff, and they’re happy to just be out and about. I talk about the outdoors and the geography here and the cool things that are around as much as possible.

If I were going to teach another subject, I’d probably go into anthropology just because I’m interested in the type of thing. I don’t think middle school would really work for that. I’d probably have to go back to school.

I like to cross-country ski. I like ice fishing. So far I haven’t fallen in this year. I do downhill, I do a lot of snowboarding. Just a lot of outdoor stuff. This is my time of year. I like ice fishing, but I’ve been doing more fishing than catching, so far.

I get to take kids cross-country skiing a few times a year. I get the chance to teach an extended studies class at the end of the day for that. I also do a running class, which about 2 percent of the kids do. ‘Run? Why would you want to do that?’

I coach seventh-grade basketball and track and field. Track and field is a lot of fun because it’s a good time to watch the kids get better and determine what they’re good at. We’ll be starting back up again with that again in about a month, get track rolling. There’s a couple kids that want to break the mile record, so we’ll see if we can get them in good enough shape to run four laps around the track.

I feel like I’m in a good position in life. I like my job and the people I work with. I’m just having fun, enjoying where I’m at, trying to stay under the radar. I’m always teaching, coaching or on a lake somewhere, freezing.”

— Interview by Andy Bockelman

Comments

McGruber 4 years, 9 months ago

Drew, You are a great asset to this community. Keep up the good work.

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Marilynn Hill 4 years, 9 months ago

Thank you for all you do and your willingness to breathe life into history. Yours life is a great story and I thank you for the wonderful example that you are setting for our kids. Truly your journey is that of a curious and intelligent young man who is finding his way; in some ways, traveling full circle, and yet still broadening your life story at the same time. Enjoy the cold Drew, for springtime is just around the corner for those of us who enjoy a bit more of the green part of Mom Nature's cycle! Be well.

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DallasAxelraud 4 years, 9 months ago

Drew you are my hero. I am proud to call you my brother. You are an inspiration to me and many of the community members.

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