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Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. My name is Brian Morris, and I am excited and honored to have been asked by Dr. Lewis to follow in the footsteps of Haley Ortega as interim principal of Henkle Middle School. This year will be my 25th year in public education, 16 years as a middle school teacher, with eight years of administration experience at the middle school and high school levels. For the last five years, I served as assistant principal at Columbia High School. Before my career in education, I proudly served five years in the United States Navy.
Family is important to me. As the father of three boys and one girl, I understand the challenges of parenting. My son, Chase, has Down Syndrome so I also understand the challenges of raising a student with special needs. I can promise I will treat your children as I treat my own. They would argue I will treat your kids better than I treat mine. I have been married to my wonderful wife, Crescence Morris, for 30 years. She is my rock but she is also the office manager at WPSIS.
The last 17 months have been the most challenging in a generation. This crisis has impacted our students' social-emotional health, physical health, and academic health. At Henkle Middle School, we are deeply committed to helping all of our students grow to become happy, successful, and contributing members of society. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email me.