Meet Morgan Hubbard, our 1st grade teacher at Caliber Beta Academy. Morgan began her career at Caliber as an Education Specialist and has transitioned into a 1st grade lead teaching position. She embodies our value of Heart: Morgan is incredibly warm, supportive, caring, and committed to her students.
Notes from Morgan's co-workers at Caliber Beta Academy:
"Morgan most definitely puts her kids first. You can see her here in the early morning, staying late after school, or even occasionally on the weekend because she knows that the extra work is what makes the difference for her students. Morgan has a natural way of connecting with kids to show them how much she cares. She also works tirelessly on her craft; her constant tinkering to her classroom instruction creates an optimal learning environment everyday for her scholars.
Seeing Morgan's growth over the last 2 years is inspiring for any teacher. Morgan started in the SPED world, moved into 1st grade when we were in a teacher bind, and has blossomed into a true Caliber expert. We are lucky to have her.
Morgan collaborates and is always seeking out new direction and insight from other educators on her team. She brings innovative ideas to the 1st grade program which is why we dubbed her our "Caliber brain." Lastly, I love the fact that Morgan always greets me with a smile. Even if she is exhausted, I always get a big smile and laugh!
All about Morgan:
I grew up in a small, rural town in the middle of Massachusetts called Hubbardston (yes, like my last name but it's just a weird coincidence!). After high school, I knew I needed a change so I tried my luck in the big apple. I moved to New York City and attended New York University to study Social Work and Psychology. During my time in New York I worked as a Social Worker at a Public Defender’s office in lower Manhattan. I was mainly responsible for interviewing folks who were involved in the criminal justice system. The more stories I heard, the more I started to see the overlap between education and the prison industrial complex. This ignited a fire in me, and with my deep love for kids, I knew teaching was the next step. I packed my bags again, this time in search of sunnier skies, and moved across the country to the Bay Area where I found Caliber. I am so blessed to be in my second year here, where I can focus on both academics and social emotional learning with my students while growing alongside of them. Go first grade!
A recent interview with Morgan:
What is your favorite thing about teaching 1st grade at CBA?
My favorite thing about first grade is how much the kids grow, both academically and physically! It is crazy how much growth they make even on a weekly basis.
What was your favorite subject growing up?
I was all about the math, algebra especially!
Favorite candy bar or sweet treat?
Honestly---I love all treats. But, if I had to pick just one it would be any chocolate + peanut butter combo.
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
I would love to see the Northern Lights in Finland or Iceland.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area (or specifically about Richmond!)?
I am a BIG fan of Bay Area weather. Hailing from the east coast, I was very excited to leave the snow behind. In Richmond, I love the taco truck between 24th and 25th on MacDonald-- can’t beat it!!
What is one fun fact that most people don't know about you?
I don’t *really* like dogs…….at all….. (sorry)!