Morgan Nicole DeTura’s roots are in a rural hometown in western New Jersey. As a high school student, she dreamed of teaching in New York City - a dream realized after more than a decade of varying experiences in the educational field. She began volunteering in High School with elementary school students and over the course of six years transitioned into a Teacher’s Assistant in an extended summer school program for children with learning disabilities.
At Gettysburg College, she earned a BA in English; played Women’s Rugby and continued a successful Track career and took away a life lesson from a treasured coach who would remind her how much passion can influence performance. It’s a mantra she keeps in mind when teaching her students. Her love for running continues with multiple half marathons and full marathons on the East Coast, capped by finishing the 2015 NYC Marathon (highlighted by running a personal best and a cheering section full of PS 527 faces). Morgan attended Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ achieving dual certification in Elementary General Education and K-12 Special Education as she worked daily as a teaching professional with 4 and 5 year olds at Foundations Preschool in Annandale, NJ.
An offer from The Gillen Brewer School brought Morgan to NYC. While there, Morgan started a 12-month program as an Assistant Teacher in classrooms from Pre-K to 2nd grade, quickly becoming a Lead Teacher in Kindergarten. In her last year at GBS, Morgan attended the Bank Street College for Education where she received her Masters of Science in Early Childhood Special Education. She then moved forward to PS 527 in September 2013 as the Special Educator on the First-Grade team.
Recently, working weekends over 2017, Morgan received her School Building Leader (Administration) certificate from the College of St. Rose in Albany in hopes of pursuing a future career in school leadership. Morgan believes in continuous learning, which she in turn translates into highly creative, interactive and personalized programs for her students at PS 527. She strives to uphold the goals of the school, educating the individual with differentiated instruction, working with a child’s interests to motivate and offer experiences that can help solidify their learning. Morgan feels so lucky to not only work with the students, but to collaborate and learn from a dedicated and diverse staff that come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
In addition to her classroom responsibilities Morgan sits on virtually all of the school’s committees, working to support and further the mission of 527. She also coordinates Enrichment Clubs and PEA Pods as a part of our student initiatives.
With six years at PS 527, the last five with cherished second graders, Morgan is thrilled to be launching a new initiative as PS 527’s Technology Teacher in the newly dedicated Harry Gandel Library and Technology Hub. It’s there that she’ll be able to work across all grades in introducing technology and restorative practices into the curriculum engaging alongside both staff and students as she enters her 7th year at her NYC home - PS 527.