This year, Science Leadership Academy gained four new teachers. One of them is math teacher Morgan Bushnell. Ms. Bushnell took over Ms. Thompson’s former responsibility of teaching geometry and also teaches statistics. She has exceptional excitement and motivation to teach her new students.
Ms. Bushnell used to work at a very different school : KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy located in West Philadelphia. She taught 9th-11th grade mathematics, so she has had previous experience teaching high school students.
“I’m constantly looking for ways to make content more interesting,” said Ms. Bushnell.
Confusion and Struggles
What is she most confused about? “The schedule is the most confusing part. As a new teacher, I’m learning different traditions and how things work as I go, and so it can be confusing at times when I’m like, ‘Oh, there wasn’t a specific email sent to me, about how to do this certain thing.’ But, you know, I’m learning as I go so, I’m getting less confused every single day.”
As for challenges, Ms. Bushnell noted high temperatures in her classroom — one of the windowless rooms lacking air-conditioning on the 5th floor — and how it was not something she was expecting. “I have sweaters that go with all of my outfits, so now like I don’t get to wear any of my sweaters just because it’s so hot!” She laughed. “I was expecting it to be a lot cooler.”
Help is On the Way!
Mrs. Giorgio talked about hearing Ms. Bushnell’s more challenging experiences at her previous job, and reflected a bit on how she’s lucky that she genuinely enjoys her job at SLA as the Algebra 1 and Geometry teacher.
“It’s really interesting getting to know what her experience is like, so I think from hearing some of her experiences that were negative, it helps me to put some things in perspective,” Mrs. Giorgio stated. “ I really enjoy being here [at SLA], but at times you get frustrated with the little things.“
Mrs. Giorgio has been by her side this whole time helping out with lesson plans, benchmark ideas, receiving feedback, and much more. As Ms. Bushnell continues to adjust to our ways, she keeps herself motivated and students are greatly appreciating her positive support.
“She communicates effectively and asks any questions if she has them and she models that kind of behavior for her students, too. If she doesn’t know something, she’s not afraid to ask about it.” said Mrs. Giorgio.
When asked about her experience in Geometry class so far and how it compared to other years, sophomore Kimberly Gucciardi Kreigh responded:
“So far she has refreshed my perspective on math, giving me a fresh attitude and a safe environment to get help with any problems I have. Lots of students tend to struggle with math, including myself, so it’s great to see someone new who is up to taking a big challenge.”
Bushnell has already been welcomed with open arms by the students. Two seniors gifted her with extra Beyonce tickets they won in the raffle for the show on September 29th.
All in all, Ms. Bushnell seems very excited and motivated to be teaching at Science Leadership Academy and to experience her first year here in a project-based school.