Maya Morken is the Sixth Grade ELA Lead Teacher at Alma’s Sarah D. Ottiwell Campus.
What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?
I decided to join the Crew at Alma after meeting several staff members and observed that their passion for helping students grow mirrored my own. I am beyond excited to become involved in the new Bedford community, and work with the amazing students there.
What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
I hope to bring a passion for learning, especially a love of literature and of writing. I want students to enjoy being in the classroom and take the attitude of learning outside of it.
What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?
My high school AP European history teacher made a significant difference in my life. He demonstrated how history could be engaging in all parts, and how we can use it as a tool to analyze the modern world around us today. I loved going to his class as history was told in an almost narrative form, combined with lots of projects and photographs. All of which made it easy to absorb the necessary information.
Why did you become involved in education?
I have become involved in education because of my belief that all students are capable of succeeding in and out of the classroom. I recognize that this success is dependent on appropriate instructors, resources, and materials, being provided for them. I hope to serve as the person who can facilitate all these things and thus also facilitate student success.
Where did you go to college or post-secondary school?
I attended Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University.
What did you like about your college?
I loved the diverse range of opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community. I was able to join clubs, and work with several nonprofits, all while receiving incredible school support.
What is your favorite food?
Rouladen! (A German Specialty)
What is your favorite book?
Fire by Kristin Cashore