2014 ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher
Briana Lynn Morton
FACS Teacher & FCCLA Advisor
Homewood Middle School
ACTE sat down with Briana after the ACTE Awards Banquet during CareerTech VISION.
Inspired to help students growing up in rural areas like the community she came from, Briana Lynn Morton left a career in apparel merchandising to become a FACS teacher. In order to prepare her students for success in a 21st-century global society, Morton has made it her mission to incorporate cutting-edge technology in her classroom and has acquired more than $15,000 in grants to make this possible. Her students are proficient in electronic education tools, including Moodle, Edmondo and E-pals, and have created their own wikis, websites, blogs and educational podcasts, 10 of which have been featured on the award-winning Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX). In addition, Morton's middle school students highlight the school's CTE program while producing their school newspaper. One of their favorite projects has been creating businesses selling products made from recycled materials and donating the proceeds to charity. Morton's students have been recognized with the "Making a Difference" award by the local NBC news team for their community service.
Morton is dedicated to her own professional development, as well as sharing her successful practices with others. She has submitted 15 original lesson plans on ALEX and has created several career-based learning modules for the Alabama Department of Education and Alabama Public Television. Morton's approachability as a teacher and engaging lessons have earned the admiration of her students, and her collaborative spirit impresses her colleagues and principal, who said, "Mrs. Morton cares about each and every student and staff person at our school. This is a teacher who is about helping the entire school improve, not just her class."
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