JGS Teacher Receives Harris Center's Teacher of the Year Award

Jaffrey Grade School 4th/5th grade teacher Morgan Cooper was named the Harris Center for Conservation Education's Teacher of the Year during their annual meeting on Sunday.

From the Harris Center:

"A teacher for more than 30 years, Morgan works with Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jaime Hutchinson on outdoor learning opportunities for her students, including a study of the Contoocook River and its flood history. Morgan was chosen for this award because of her exemplary commitment to incorporating outdoor time into her everyday classes. In addition to her work with Harris Center naturalists, Morgan has created monthly Outdoor Workshop and Learning (OWL) activities for her students at JGS. OWL activities may happen at the JGS outdoor classroom, on the playground, in snow piles in the parking lot, or even in a local cemetery. Morgan said, 'Living here with so many wonderful options within walking distance and fantastic resources has caused me to push more to be outside... I also am motivated by the research that says our children need more time outside with free play and investigation. Given the time and opportunity, they never cease to amaze me.'"

Harris Center naturalist Jaime Hutchinson (left) presented Morgan Cooper (right) with the Harris Center's "Educator of the Year" Award for 2019. Morgan and Jaime have worked together at Jaffrey Grade School for 6 years -- getting students outside to learn about the natural world around them. (photo © Molly Ferrill)

Harris Center naturalist Jaime Hutchinson (left) presented Morgan Cooper (right) with the Harris Center's "Educator of the Year" Award for 2019. Morgan and Jaime have worked together at Jaffrey Grade School for 6 years -- getting students outside to learn about the natural world around them. (photo © Molly Ferrill)

Nicholas Handy