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Vanessa Morris
Vanessa Morris
Groups: Middle School
4 Years Experience At School

Professional Biography

In 2007, I officially graduated from Santa Clara University with a BA in Liberal Studies, a minor in Urban Education, a CA Credential, and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on health education.  While attending college, I was an aide in 2nd grade at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Saratoga, the elementary school that I attended from K-8th Grade. Once I completed my Master’s Degree, I became the 3rd grade teacher at Sacred Heart for eight years until my call to be a full-time mother to my two sons, Davin & Kayden, became stronger than my call to teach in the classroom. Throughout my years in college, as a teacher, and even after I stopped teaching, I spent many hours tutoring students of all ages, ran a summer writing program, and remained a substitute teacher at Sacred Heart and at San Jose Christian.  

Personal Biography

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I would line up all of my stuffed animals in my room and do math problems on my white board for them and read endless Berenstain Bear books to them. They sat and listened to me a lot longer than my older sister did. It has been 5 years since I have officially been in the classroom as a teacher, but during that time I have been able to keep my passion for teaching alive through substituting at San Jose Christian. I am so excited to get back into the classroom, officially, and to teach literature and writing. In addition to having a deep passion for teaching, I’ve always loved writing. I grew up writing in a journal every single night, and I have the beginnings of a children’s book started, that I will one day finish and publish.

Christian Philosophy of Education

In addition to teaching and writing, I am an advocate for living a healthy life. Having a strong and healthy mind, body, and soul is essential to living peacefully and being content in life. It’s so important to teach children at a young age to eat a variety of whole, natural foods, take care of and respect their bodies, and develop a strong relationship with God. God is our Creator, the One who made us into the unique and precious beings that we are. He created us in his image and likeness, and He is in each and every one of us. As a Christian educator, it is my goal to teach my students to respect and love others as well as themselves and, in turn, love God. 

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