Appling Middle School

About Mrs. Morhardt

I have always wanted to be a teacher - I can remember telling my second grade teacher in West Bloomfield, Michigan, that I was definitely going to be a teacher when I grew up! Now that I am all grown up and doing what I love, I cannot imagine any other career for me! After graduating from Calvin College, I spent two years as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, Africa. I learned a great deal about myself, teaching, and the world during this time. 
Upon returning to the USA, I chose to move from chilly Michigan to warm, wonderful Memphis. I am now married and have a step son in 11th grade, an eight year old daughter, a six year old son, and my youngest daughter will be one in November -  My home is a busy place! I completed my Masters degree through Bethel University and have also taken up running in my “free” time. I completed my first (maybe only?) marathon in October of 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. 
This is my twelfth year teaching in Tennessee and I am SO excited to be here and to have such a marvelous group of children! 
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Education: I earned my Bachelor’s Degree at Calvin College. I  completed my MaEd at Bethel University. 
World Travel:  I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to visit 5 different continents! I was a very wide-eyed tourist in Australia. I worked as a classroom assistant in Holland (Europe) and visited Paris, France and London, England during that time. I helped a friend to teach English in Odawara, Japan (Asia). I have been to Canada, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, Guatemala and several states in the USA (North America). I worked as a Teacher Trainer in Uganda (Africa) as a member of the US Peace Corps and was able to visit Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa while stationed in Uganda. 
Treats - chocolate chip cookies, diet coke, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups; Starbucks vanilla latte
Fast Food - McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets with Sweet -n- sour sauce; Sonic Chicago style hot dog and Cherry Limeade 
Books - I love to read books intended for "young adults" like The Hunger Games, Fault in Our Stars, and Divergent
Magazines - All You, People 
TV Shows - American Ninja Warrior
Movies - Shrek, The Princess Bride 
Animals - Turtles and Cats 
Hobbies - running (very slowly!), reading, playing with my kids  

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Rube Goldberg Design Rubric

This is the rubric that will be used to grade the "Rube Goldberg Machine" Designs for my standard science classes.  If you did not finish your design in class on Friday, you will need to complete it at home to turn in on Monday of next week.