Welcome to Ms. Morrill's Class Web Page
Welcome to my webpage! Let me begin with a little about myself. I am a graduate of UC Riverside with a history degree and a teaching credential. I have been teaching social studies here at YHS since 2006, but I have been in Siskiyou County since 1994. I live in beautiful Etna with my three children. I moved there from southern Cal where I taught at Montclair High School for 5 years. I don't have a hometown to speak of as I grew up as a military kid moving from place to place. When I am not working, I enjoy photography, hiking, biking, running, reading and being a mom to three busy kids. I am also an occasional aerobics instructor at Scott Valley Fitness Center. I am also currently serving as the Junior Class advisor here at Yreka High.
In both my World History and U.S. History classes, I have designed my curriculum to cover most of the topics in the History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools for grade ten and grade eleven.
As for my teaching style, I work hard to use a variety of strategies to address the various learning styles of students. Learning history requires a certain amount of reading from the history book , which each student has assigned to them for home use. But there are other methods of learning I use, such as utilizing an interactive notebook, creating visuals in charts or posters, working in pairs or groups, doing active simulations, just to name a few things.
I am an approachable and evolving instructor who wants students to succeed on many levels. I see students here at Yreka High as not just learning history, but as teenagers in the process of developing into mature, productive, kindly people; at least, that is my hope and I will do what I can to make a reality. I also love to laugh and teens provide daily opportunities for that. I enjoy interacting with students and I hope this will motivate them to learn and do their best!