Henrico’s Top Teachers – Rebecca Morrish

It’s no surprise that Rebecca Morrish’s office is a classroom.
“I always wanted to be a teacher ever since I knew what a teacher was,” she said. “Every year since kindergarten, I pretty much fell in love with my teacher and said ‘I’m going to grow up to be just like you.’”
But it was her geometry teacher in high school in New York, Mrs. Seasley, who inspired her ultimate career path.
“She really just made me realize that I was good at math. She made me realize that girls could do math and have fun doing math, too,” Morrish recalled.
After teaching at a Catholic school in her home state, Morrish was ready for a change. She interviewed by phone for a position at Wilder Middle School, got the job and moved to the region that weekend. She’s now in her third year teaching math at the school and already is the department chair. It’s a well-deserved role, according to a colleague.     
“I have worked with many during my 13 years in Henrico, but there is just something about the way Mrs. Morrish motivates and builds up her students for success,” one wrote in a nomination letter. “If students doubt their ability with the math content, she boosts them up so they believe they can face any problem and ultimately find success. In this world of high-stakes testing, Mrs. Morrish’s scores are consistently high, but on the few times they have not been, she spends countless hours doing data analysis to find out better ways to help her students succeed. She is a model for other teachers at our school, and I believe, for the entire county.”
To Morrish, it all starts with proving to her students that she genuinely cares about each of them individually. She starts each class by celebrating something positive that is happening in each of their lives.
“It’s amazing what they tell me,” she said. “Then I can draw on what I know to make math connect with them. I think they work hard for me because they know I do care. I set high expectations.
“It’s rewarding when it finally clicks and they say, ‘Mrs. Morrish, I get it now – it’s not as hard as I thought!’”
Morrish also leads her students – and even colleagues – by example.
“Mrs. Morrish is invested in building student relationships because she understands that building those relationships help students achieve academically,” her colleague wrote. “Mrs. Morrish is the first to donate to a needy student or colleague. She has a huge heart and it shines through in all she does for our students and our school.”
During Teacher Appreciation Week, students were asked to dress like their favorite teachers, and many girls chose to dress like Morrish. Although she admits that personally, she might enjoy teaching high school-level math more, Morrish can’t see herself leaving middle school.
“I truly want to stay in the classroom and be a teacher for the rest of my life,” she said. “I really love the middle school kids. I love their energy and excitement about being in school.”
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