Our Welcome To Sanford Teacher of the Week is Morgan Carlyle of West Lee Middle School. Ms. Carlyle teaches health and physical education and is also this year’s Lee County Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education and has been a part of the Pride family for two years.
While Ms. Carlyle didn’t initially expect to become a teacher, let alone teach middle school, she decided to jump in and give it a shot. In addition to teaching P.E. classes, she became a first responder for fall sports, coached basketball, then was a first responder for volleyball before coaching girls’ soccer toward the end of the year. This year, she’s already become the school’s athletic director, and embraces the added responsibilities. She notes, “There have been nights where I was getting home at seven or eight, and I still had a lesson plan to do, but it didn’t bother me because I knew I was making a difference in the lives of the kids.”
West Lee Principal Jamie Cox said Carlyle is deserving of Carlyle’s recent recognition and that she carries herself like a much more seasoned educator, observing “Watching her in action, you would never know she is a beginning teacher. Last year, she taught every child in the school. She not only knew their names but could often tell you what their schedules were., Principal Cox notes that that in addition to her involvement with sports and being athletic director, Ms. Carlyle organized the school’s first parent/teacher/staff basketball game and a school-wide field day involving nearly 800 people. She comments, “Every place needs a Morgan. I’d take a school full of Morgans any day.”
Her heart for children and a “stop at nothing” attitude helps Ms. Carlyle ensure that all of her students have the tools they need to be successful. She states, “When I say I have the best job in the world, I truly mean it, and I do not take it lightly.” Outside of school, Ms. Carlyle enjoys attending sporting events (especially West Lee events), fishing and spending time with her family.