Former Grizzly Inspired by ThunderRidge Teachers

Former Grizzly Inspired by ThunderRidge Teachers, "Never Give Up & Keep Your Head Up High"
Posted on 11/09/2021

Former Grizzly Inspired by ThunderRidge Teachers, "Never Give Up & Keep Your Head Up High"

Bailey Morse, who graduated ThunderRidge High School in 2016, returned to DCSD as an Educational Assistant. The former Grizzly now draws inspiration from her teachers as she works with students at Plum Creek Academy.

What is your name, which school did you attend, and what year did you graduate?
My name is Bailey Morse, and I graduated from ThunderRidge High School in 2016.

What have you been doing since graduation?
Right after high school, I started my adventure as an Educational Assistant at Eldorado Elementary and, later that year, started at Plum Creek Academy. It's all been up from there.

What is your proudest achievement since graduating?
I'm proud of being nominated for two Apple Awards and learning something new from my students every day.

Share a positive memory from high school that sticks out to you.
My teachers. They really gave me all the tools I would need with my current job. They taught me almost everything I needed to know, and I'm forever grateful for that.

What was one unique thing you learned about yourself during high school? How did your teachers and school support you?
Patience! Teachers have an incredible way of staying calm and redirecting to academics. At times, I have to remember how patient they were with me when something wasn't clicking in my brain and now, I pass it down to whoever I may be working with that day to show them that no matter how hard the circumstance may be, keep going. You're close to your goal.

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?
Everything you want is in the palms of your own hands. Never give up and keep your head up high because, at the end of the day, you are the only one that is going to achieve everything you want in life.

What skill (professional or personal) are you trying to master?
Leave work at work! It can be hard work! So, just making sure self-care is at the end of the day, whether if it's walking my dog or even some retail therapy.

What are your future plans?
I would like to venture into becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). For me, I want to get down to the root of the problem and do what I can to help students in their academic careers.

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