Graves County School District chooses high school veteran Abbie Morris as new secondary instructional supervisor
Graves County High School assistant principal Abbie Morris next school year will become the Graves County Schools new secondary instructional supervisor. She will replace Carla Whitis, who is retiring as secondary instructional supervisor as well as from her position as assistant superintendent.
Morris started her education career as the girls soccer coach at Graves County High School. After two years, she joined the faculty and continued coaching for another six years, while also teaching Project Lead The Way classes.
“Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S.,” according to its web site www.pltw.org. The website continues, “We create an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. We also provide teachers with the training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning.”
With that mindset, Morris says PLTW was an ideal way for her to enter the teaching profession. “I actually started my career in the field of engineering and technology at a firm in Nashville, Tenn. I thought I’d really love it… but I didn’t,” she remembered, with a laugh. “But, I really did enjoy coaching the girls. So, I went back to college to become a teacher. Project Lead the Way was a nice fit and I was really blessed to find that opportunity here at Graves County.
“I later became a lead teacher, working with Jodi Blalock, who was an assistant principal at the time. When, she retired, I was hired to replace her.” Morris continued, “This is my sixth year in this position and I’ve worked closely with Carla Whitis in her position as the district’s secondary instructional supervisor.”
In her new role, Morris will continue to work with the high school, but also will work more often and more directly with the middle school. “In my current position, I have worked a lot with Mrs. Whitis, but we also work with the middle school at times, especially at the end of the school year when we’re transitioning students from middle to high school,” she explained.
“These are big shoes to fill, but I really have enjoyed working with Mrs. Whitis and learning from her. I really value what she has done and I think this position really fits my interest and niche, so I am really excited. I know she wears many hats and is very active in the community in garnering support for our schools. She has worked very closely with each school and often is in the classrooms with the administrators and teachers, helping and developing instructional practices that support student learning. Those all are things I enjoy and I look forward to doing more of that kind of work.”
Whitis said, “I’ve known Abbie even before she came to teach in the Graves County Schools. She is very creative and a hard worker. She’s obviously highly intelligent and I’m confident she will bring new ideas to this position and will enhance the collaboration and teamwork that are so important in teaching and learning.”
Morris noted, “I am honored and humbled that Superintendent Kim Dublin selected me for this position. I also know I am very blessed to have worked with a number of very professional educators in the Graves County Schools who have contributed greatly to shape who I am as an educator. So, I’m very grateful for those opportunities and look forward to working with these wonderful professionals in my new position.”
Dublin concluded, “Mrs. Morris comes to us at the central office with 12 years of experience at the secondary level. She is well-versed in College and Career Readiness, understanding the importance of students’ meeting benchmarks, and the coaching aspect of helping teachers move toward that goal. I look forward to working with her in this new role.”
Abbie Morris and her husband, Micah Morris, have three sons: Brody, 9; Cole, 8; and Adrian, 2.