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May 9, 2014

City woman to lead US character group

Sheril Morgan to be top officer of Character Education Partnership

A Muskogee woman has accepted a position as the national director for the Character Education Partnership in Washington, D.C.

Sheril Morgan has spent the last 11 years at Muskogee Public Schools.

“I have the opportunity to network with schools across the nation,” Morgan said.

The nonprofit organization’s mission is providing the vision, leadership and resources for schools, families and communities to develop ethical citizens committed to building a just and caring world.

“I really didn’t anticipate being the one selected,” Morgan said.

After receiving the news, Morgan said she felt humbled.

“How amazing is it that God would give you your dream job?”

For the next four years, Morgan said she will stay in Muskogee and work from her home with the exception of a few necessary trips to Washington, D.C.

Some of the goals Morgan has for her new position include growth, empowerment, and strengthening dynamic programs that are already in place.

Morgan said growing up in Muskogee has made a lasting impact on her.

“It is who I am,” Morgan said.

Morgan said family plays an important role in her career, and her family is a part of her team. The team includes her husband, sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law, three sons, and what she refers to as an “abundance” of nieces.

“Without their support and helping me with the boys I wouldn’t be able to do what God called me to do,” Morgan said.

Madison Tomlinson, director of Character Development for Muskogee Public Schools, said Morgan fits all the requirements for the job.

“She’s been involved with young people for 11 years,” he said.

Morgan started as a elementary teacher. She was a drug and alcohol preventionist, and currently serves as the Muskogee High School 10th-grade counselor.

She has served as the state coordinator for Oklahoma Schools of Character. Tomlinson said that she definitely has the experience, but she also possesses other intrinsic qualities.

“Passion, energy, and creativity that she brings to the table — those are things that you cannot gain just by experience,” Tomlinson said.

Morgan’s last day at Muskogee Public Schools will be May 29. Her first day as the national director of the Character Education Partnership starts June 2.

Tomlinson said she will be hard to replace as a high school counselor as well as the state’s Schools of Character coordinator.

“She leaves a void that will be greatly missed.”

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or ehillin@muskogeephoenix.com.

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