Starting this fall, Morgan Perry ’20 will pursue her master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania while teaching visual arts at Trinity School in Manhattan as a Penn Fellow with the Independent School Teaching Residency (ISTR).
Trinity School, a K-12 school, is one of the many partner institutions with the ISTR program, which pairs students with mentors for the two-year program. She will also contribute to the school by running clubs, coaching, and advising students, all of this on top of her graduate work.
“This job and concurrent master’s program will give me experience in the classroom and help me to develop my personal style of teaching and impacting kids. I anticipate going to get my MFA after this program, or continue to teach in independent schools,” says Perry, adding she is also considering ultimately becoming a college professor.
Her “Senior Studio Art Seminar” with Professor of Art and Architecture Nicholas Ruth inspired her to pursue art education, she says. “As part of the course, we would zoom with alums from HWS who were still pursuing their own artistic career. It was inspirational to see how other artists were able to balance a career and making their own artwork and it showed me that it was possible to continue in the arts, something I love so much.”
Perry’s application process began with Carney Sandoe & Associates, an educational recruitment firm that places teachers and administrators in K-12 schools across the country, which she heard about from the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. Through the firm’s service, Perry was advised to go to Philadelphia to attend the People of Color Hiring Conference where more than 200 schools were hiring. Career Services provided her with a stipend to cover her transportation and associated costs. At the conference, she had her first interview with Trinity and other schools in the ISTR program, which led to more interviews and travel until she eventually got the position at Trinity School.
“I would highly recommend this path for students who are interested in teaching, but aren’t a part of the teaching program at HWS,” Perry says. “Another amazing quality about Trinity School in particular, is that they exclusively hire people of color as their fellows, to promote more diversity in their faculty and expand the amount of students who have BIPOC teachers in adolescence. So for students of color who are interested in this, don’t hesitate to reach out to me about my interview processes at the People of Color Hiring fair, where many of the serious connections I made began!”
During her time at HWS, Perry majored in studio art and double minored in women’s studies and art history. She was a leader in the Women’s Collective and the treasurer of the Arts and Design Collective.