Meet Marybeth Morrison
Special Populations Section President
Pennsylvania State University
409B Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
Assistant Professor, Penn State University
Penn State University, Assistant Professor (July 2008–present)
Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development, Leadership and Master of Science in Workforce Education and Development, School-to-Work, Penn State University; Bachelor of Science in special education, effective minor in criminal justice, Lock Haven University
Division: Special Populations Division committee member and awards chair (Nov. 2008 to present); Special Populations Division committee, appointed to cover ACTE professional development committee (November 2000–November 2004); NAVESNP president (January 2003–January 2004); NAVESNP Vice President (January 2002–January 2003); NAVESNP board member (January 2000–January 2004)
State/Local: PAVESNP board member (1998-2003); PA-ACTE conference planning committee (2000–2003); PA-ACTE keynote speaker co-chair (2001–2002)
For many students from special populations, career and technical education is the first class where school made sense and engaged them in learning. When I was a brand new teacher, my first job was as a resource teacher at a CTE for half of a year; the other half, I was an inclusion teacher at the home school. Since some of the same students were at the home school when I went there, I was struck by how much more engaged they were at the CTE and how much better their attendance was there. These students would come to me and tell me how much they wished they could return to the CTE. Not only did they want to go back to the class, many of them talked about how much they connected with their CTE teacher.
Through the years of working in a CTE setting, my passion for students from special populations has grown to include the people who work with them in that setting. They are often the ones who understand how to connect, engage and develop students from special populations. These teachers, administrators and staff need to have the best professional development and resources that they can get for working with students from special populations. That is why the Special Populations Division is an important component of ACTE and it is why I would like to bring my leadership to this Division.