By Molly Moser
Morgan Hassman began her first term of student teaching in January, when she entered Kathy Connelly’s third grade classroom at Clayton Ridge Elementary. “The kids here are just great,” she told The Press. “I enjoy actually getting to see real life in the classroom, instead of just hearing about it.”
Although she’s just begun transitioning from learning lessons to leading them, Connelly says Hassman has a wealth of teaching tricks up her sleeve. Connelly has been guiding students at Clayton Ridge (previously Guttenberg Elementary) since 1977. In spite of her nearly 40 years of experience, Connelly volunteered to host a student teacher so that she could collect new ideas. Hassman has proved to be just what she was looking for.
“On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Morgan introduced the kids to some MLK-themed educational hip-hop songs she found on a website her professor told her about,” Connelly said, explaining one of the many ways Hassman has infused the classroom with unique discoveries for both the students and their teachers.