Morey named interim health physical ed program head

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roger Lulow announced that Colleen Morey has agreed to return to her role as program coordinator for physical education and health, part time (0.6 FTE), and as an interim position. The interim nature of the position will allow new Superintendent William McKersie, incoming superintendent, greater flexibility in examining the district’s administrative needs and structure for the future. The coordinator’s former responsibilities for SEL (social-emotional learning) will be assumed by Director of Pupil Personnel Services Mary Forde, who already oversees portions of this area. Several other responsibilities that currently fall under this program area will be transitioned to other positions to be determined.

Dr. Lulow said, “We are grateful to Ms. Morey for her many years of service to the Greenwich Public Schools and for making adjustments in her plans for retirement to take on this one-year assignment. Her two decades of experience with the district will provide consistency and valuable support with the leadership transition over the next year.”

Ms. Morey began teaching in 1977 as a physical education/health education specialist, K-12 for the Carlsbad Public Schools in Carlsbad, Calif. She then spent a brief period in private industry developing and conducting individualized fitness and nutrition programs for private and corporate clients. In 1987, she returned to teaching physical education with the Weston Public Schools in Weston. In 1988, she took on the dual role of curriculum specialist and physical education teacher for the Brookfield Public Schools in Brookfield. In 1993, Ms. Morey came to the Greenwich Public Schools as program coordinator for physical education, health, and family and consumer science. Ultimately her role also included the social — emotional learning programs, the middle school interscholastic program, and the intramurals programs for grades six through 12.

In her almost 20 years with the Greenwich Public Schools, Ms. Morey has collaborated with staff to align curriculum with national and state standards and to develop and deliver exemplary programs for the three program areas that she has overseen. In addition, she has provided strong leadership and guidance to the schools and other program areas on incorporating social emotional learning for students. Ms. Morey has been an early and eager proponent of using technology in numerous aspects of instruction, assessment, and supervision. She has overseen and promoted growth in the areas of middle school interscholastic sports and middle and high school intramurals.

Ms. Morey has been a devoted and passionate leader in the area of service learning. In particular, beginning as a service project for Arch School students in 1996, she has involved many of the schools in various fund-raising efforts for the Hogares Luz Y Vida Orphanage in Bogota, Colombia. This orphanage provides a home, an education and medical support to orphans, many of which have special needs. The orphanage has experienced tremendous growth and support and the perceptions of the community and those involved in the development of the orphanage have changed from viewing the children as those with disabilities to those with incredible capabilities. Ms. Morey has contributed much of her own time and energy to this effort, and has provided an opportunity for many students and colleagues in the district to help those in need.

Ms. Morey is the recipient of the 2002 Program Excellence Award for Quality Program Development from Project Adventure International. She was also named the 2002 Educational Leader of the Year by the Connecticut Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development for her outstanding achievement in leadership, curriculum development, supervision, and staff development.

Ms. Morey received a bachelor of science in education from the University of Vermont, Burlington, in 1977; a master’s in administration/supervision from San Diego University, San Diego, Calif. in 1982, and a sixth year certificate in administration/supervision from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, in 1991.

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