MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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April 23, 2012

Character builder

MHS prevention specialist connects with all

— Meet Sheril Morgan

AGE: 34.

HOMETOWN: Muskogee.

CAREER: School counseling.

EDUCATION: Masters in education counseling, Northeastern State University, 2010.

FAMILY: Husband Bubby of 14 years and three sons, Kort, 13; Dylan, 11; and Taylor, 9 months.

CHURCH: Christ Church.

HOBBIES: Learning new things, reading, baseball and racing.

After five years in her dream job, Sheril Morgan had a calling to do more.

Morgan was teaching sixth grade at Whittier Elementary, where she was named the school’s teacher of the year.

But then she decided to go back to school and get a degree in counseling.

“It’s hard to teach reading, English and math to some students when they don’t know where their next meal will come from or if they’ll get hurt when they get home,” Morgan said. “Unfortunately, it was quite frequent.”

So, Morgan stepped down from teaching to go back to school. During that time, she became more involved in the Muskogee Youth Coalition, the Muskogee Community Anti-Drug Network and the Character Council of Muskogee.

She said she got into prevention with Lindsey Roberts, a program director/prevention specialist with CAN.

Morgan finished her master’s degree at Northeastern State University in 2010 and now works as a prevention specialist at Muskogee High School, where she serves as the sponsor of the student group 2much2lose, a student-led drugs and alcohol resistance club at MHS.

She also serves as vice chairwoman of CAN, is the co-coordinator for the State School of Character and Oklahoma Youth to Youth coordinator.

Like family

The most rewarding part of Sheril Morgan’s job is when students who, at one point thought there was no hope, go on to succeed. Successful students are what keep her going, Morgan said.

“A lot of my kids have become like family,” Morgan said.

Morgan, a prevention specialist at Muskogee High School, reels former students off like a proud parent.

“There was one young man who I taught in sixth grade, and I was fortunate to help him in middle school and high school. He became like ours. He’s going to go to college out of state. He’s enrolled and got a scholarship and will go there this fall.

“There was a young man who graduated last year who came from a tough family. He came from a pretty hard place. At a Youth to Youth state conference, he said, ‘This is the only place I ever felt like I could be myself.’ He’s in college now and doing great. I’m so proud of him.

“Another one texted me just the other day: ‘This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad. I love you and miss you.’”

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