Morgan Oliver recently moved from St. Louis, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art and Photography and Masters in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Education from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She has her Missouri teacher certification in Art K-12 and early Childhood Birth-3rd grade. She was inspired to go into education while working part-time as a late-day coordinator for a special education school.
Ms. Oliver has a background in Montessori education with five years teaching experience in early childhood. This will be her third year as an art teacher, and first year in public school environment. Ms. Oliver is an active member of the National Art Education Association and Missouri Art Education Association. Outside of teaching, she works as a professional photographer and enjoys taking fine art photos. Ms. Oliver enjoys being outdoors, cycling, gardening, cultural events, anything of or relating to Harry Potter, listening to NPR, and spending time with her friends, family, and dogs.
She is excited about the upcoming school year and looking forward to sharing her passion for art and learning. She believes art is a portal for exploring people and culture and is a portal for exploring people and culture, and is a tool for deciphering visual language. The art room is a safe-haven for children to be creative, problem solve, and engage in multiple learning styles.
"Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create."
--- Maria Montessouri
Trenton Smith, D.Th., M. Ed.
Trenton M. Smith is honored to be one of Midway Elementary's second grade teachers. He is both excited and energized to be working in a wonderful school that has an amazing staff and one of the best administrators that any school could have. Prior to working for Caddo Parish, he was a Head Start teacher for 11 years and served as an administrator for 1 year. He really enjoyed working with those young children and having the opportunity to prepare them with school readiness skills by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.
In 2011, he received his Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Wiley College as well as a Masters in Education from Ashford University. As an educator, his goals are to meet the individual and group needs of his students in ways that support and challenge them in order to foster the greatest academic, intellectual, social, and emotional growth.
Mr. Jerry Gill
Mr. Gill began teaching elementary physical education in 1974. The first time he walked into a classroom, he fell in love with elementary physical education. After all of these years he still maintains a passion and love for teaching children about developing a lifetime of exercise and fun. His goal is to keep his classes educational, fun, and positively exciting!