The Missouri State Teachers Association honored a Macks creek teacher with the Rookie teacher of the year for 2015-2016. Julie Morris is in her 4th year of teaching 7th and 8th grade English, along with dual credit creative writing, literature and composition at the Macks Creek School. Morris was surprised and shocked to receive the award. She went on by saying “there are many great educators in the region, seeing as how the Southwest Region covers over 20 counties, including some really big districts like Springfield.”
The award is designed to recognize the contributions of a classroom teacher of five years or less who is exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, skilled and inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.