Faculty Spotlight: Ten Questions with English Teacher Marianne Morgan

Ten Questions with English Teacher Marianne Morgan


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Alex Featherman, Staff Reporter

Marianne Morgan is a member of the English Department. This year she teaches American Lit. Honors, American Lit., Multicultural Lit, and SAT Prep.  She is also responsible for grading all high school online students enrolled in English courses.  She’s a 30+ year teacher here at Western Wayne where she currently co-chairs her department and advises the newspaper.  She founded and also advises the Girls Lead Club as an unpaid adviser because she’s passionate about empowering girls to be leaders in school and in our world community.

Q: What is something not a lot of people know about you?

A: I’m a skilled letter writer and have received many fun things, large and small, through my skills and the kindness of others including tickets (with a meet and greet) to see John Mellencamp at a private show, a night at the famed Plaza Hotel in NYC, and an  autographed book for my son from Vice President Al Gore.


Q: If you could meet anyone, (dead or alive) who would it be?

A:  My hero, Robert F. Kennedy.  When I was in high school, I read 46 books about the Kennedys and kept a list!


Q: How would you describe yourself in three words?

A:  Passionate, shy, and smart


Q: What are some goals you have yet to accomplish?

A:  I plan to write, perhaps a memoir, when I retire.


Q:  Tell us about your career before/ outside of teaching.

A:  I worked in communications in the Director’s Office of the FBI at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC.  It was a fantastic experience!


Q: What is your favorite thing about Western Wayne?

A:  The students, of course!


Q: What is your greatest fear?

A:  Tragedy striking my children.


Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?

A: Christmas.  My mother was the queen of Christmas, and I love trying to replicate the magic she created.


Q:  What band, singer or activity helps you to keep your sanity in today’s hectic world?

A:  I reduce stress by listening to music. My current playlist is the soundtrack to Big Little Lies, but my all-time favorite is still John Mellencamp.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen him in concert, many shows with backstage passes.  I even traveled to his hometown in Seymour, Indiana to attend a fan convention!


Q: Lastly, what is your New Year’s resolution?

A:  I didn’t make a resolution, but I am aiming to do things I love this year like going to concerts (I already have tickets for Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift) and traveling.