Morgan Niermann (6th Grade Humanities)
What degree(s) do you hold? From what school(s)? What was your area of concentration?
Elementary Education from The University of Texas at Austin
What is your previous work experience?
I taught 4th grade for three years in Austin ISD, 4th grade at ACS for two years, and this will be my second year teaching 6th grade at ACS.
Tell us a little about your family:
I’ve lived in Austin my whole life. Jared and I got married in November 2020 (COVID wedding!). I love teaching because it combines my love of discussing great books with shepherding young hearts towards Christ.
What do you enjoy about Classical education?
The more I learn about classical education, the more I love it. I love the integration of teaching virtue through great books. It frees me as a teacher to make discipleship the end goal rather than a byproduct of education. I also love teaching in a collaborative setting. Getting to partner with parents has been a blessing for me. I have learned so much from our co-teaching community!
Why are you interested in teaching in at Austin Classical School? What do you love about students in the grade you’re teaching?
I have always loved teaching upper elementary aged students because of their emerging personalities and discovery of what makes them unique. These students start asking the question, “Who am I?”, and I love getting to be part of their journey.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I always have a hard time with this question because I feel like I don’t have any “hobbies”. I love time with people, especially when it includes rich conversation and good coffee. Oh! board games! My husband and I love hosting game nights with friends.
What do you hope your students will learn from you this year?
I hope my students learn how to hold difficult questions in tension and learn how to craft clearly articulated arguments. I hope they learn to look outside of themselves and are set free to love others around them. Ultimately, I pray that my students, perhaps for the first time, encounter Jesus for who He is; may their life never be the same!