CRES­CENT SCHOOL

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators - DON MOR­RI­SON UP­PER SCHOOL FAC­ULTY & DI­REC­TOR OF RO­BOT­ICS

Don Mor­ri­son was mo­ti­vated to be­come a teacher dur­ing a gap year he took af­ter he grad­u­ated with an hon­ours de­gree in science. He found him­self vol­un­teer­ing in Samoa, a small is­land in the South Pa­cific, and was hooked! He has been teach­ing for the last 30 years and joined Cres­cent back in 1999. In ad­di­tion to teach­ing, he has also coached golf, hockey, and track and field over the years.

“My phi­los­o­phy of ed­u­ca­tion is to de­velop life­long learn­ers,” he says, and he be­lieves that ed­u­ca­tion is truly a part­ner­ship be­tween the stu­dent, the teacher and the par­ents. “The three must work to­gether to find the boy’s “true path­way” and to teach good­ness, dis­ci­pline and knowl­edge.”

As the Di­rec­tor of Ro­bot­ics, Mor­ri­son sees this field as a ve­hi­cle to de­velop char­ac­ter. “The char­ac­ter of boys is tested in high-in­ten­sity sit­u­a­tions, com­pet­ing against the best in the world. The skills they de­velop in the ro­bot­ics pro­gram in­clude lead­er­ship, col­lab­o­ra­tion, com­plex prob­lem solv­ing and crit­i­cal think­ing, per­se­ver­ance and ser­vice.”

Mor­ri­son looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to de­velop the ro­bot­ics cur­ric­u­lar and co-cur­ric­u­lar pro­gram and an­tic­i­pates an in­crease in the lo­cal out­reach ap­pli­ca­tions of ro­bot­ics.

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