2015 Fall Graduate Profiles

Michelle Hammond Morrow, Bringing Change Through Education 

2015 Fall Valedictorian – Bachelor of Education

Michelle Hammond Morrow

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Michelle Hammond Morrow was previously employed with Manitoba Justice where she worked in corrections, the courts and as a probation officer in northern Aboriginal communities. She eventually moved to Cape Breton and worked hard as a stay-at-home mom. Never quite shaking the feeling that there was a lack of youth intervention nationwide, 12 years after leaving the workforce, she returned to university to become a teacher. “I wanted to do more than react to issues and try to fix people,” says Michelle. “I wanted to be part of prevention. I felt becoming a teacher was a great place to start.”

After visiting the CBU campus, Michelle enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program in 2008. While focusing on Political Science at the time, it was then that decided to tailor her degree to enter into the Bachelor of Education program in 2014. Studying diligently part-time while raising her family, Michelle will now not only graduate as a licensed teacher, but will also deliver the valedictory address.

“Being chosen to represent all graduating students at convocation is truly an honour,” says Michelle. “My work ethic comes from my father and the drive to do my best from something deep inside. Hard work really does pay off.”

From forming relationships with the other students, to actually teaching in the school system during her practicum, Michelle has many cherished memories from her BEd program experience, and says, “I will never forget my first experience with my students. They taught me a lot, as opposed to me teaching them.”

Now, as she prepares to cross the stage and accept her degree, Michelle encourages others to commit themselves to their education, saying, “If you commit, you will achieve excellence.”