Laura Morris, music teacher at Baker Elementary Schools, plans to retire after years of introducing students to the wonders of music.
By Lori Kesinger
Morris studied elementary education at the University of Montana at Missoula and about five years ago earned her Masters in Arts Education.
She started her career in Montana then taught first grade in Rock Springs, Wyoming. There she also began teaching private piano lessons and a class for piano teachers at the community college.
Morris joined the Baker staff in 1986 as a remedial teacher. She was also hired as an accompanist for junior high and high school choir and helped with an extracurricular piano program.
When Mrs. Tuggle retired, Morris moved into the elementary music position. She has been responsible for teaching kindergarten through sixth grade.
Morris has also continued to give private piano lessons and been an accompanist.
Reflecting on her career of 29 years, Morris said seeing many of her students excel has been very rewarding to her. She has also greatly enjoyed working with the Missoula Children’s Theatre to bring a full-production play together in one week for public performance.
“I’m going to miss the job a lot. It’s such a creative job. You get some students who just love to do it. They show you their appreciation and give you hugs,” Morris said. “I feel like it has been such a big part of my life. I’m going to miss teaching. It’s always been something I’ve loved to do, especially the music because there is so much creativity to it.”
Though the location is undecided, Morris said by summer’s end she plans to move closer to family and spend more time with her children and grandchildren. She also plans to stay involved in music.