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From the time she was little, Ms. Aleida Morse was directing performances with friends around her neighborhood. “I would orchestrate these major events,” Ms. Morse said, “We would have roller skating shows in the driveway. Parents would bring their lawn chairs, we would sing and dance and roller skate with all the neighborhood kids.”
It is no wonder that now, as the Lower Division Performing Arts Instructor, she is known for her incredible productions each year. An Academy icon, with guitar in hand and beautiful voice guiding her students through original songs, Ms. Morse’s presence at programs and assemblies at the school is a huge part of the Academy experience. “We have a culture of singing in our school and it is really important. I think there is something about communities singing together that is magical,” Mrs. Morse said. “Academy is all about identifying each individual’s unique gift and giving them an opportunity to use it and expand upon it and have opportunities to share it and grow.”
Ms. Morse brings music into the lives of Academy students in many ways. As a class, original songs are written, practiced and performed. “Singing and storytelling is a big part of who I am, so naturally that is what comes out of me in class because it is something that I’m passionate about,” Ms. Morse revealed.
Many of the songs Ms. Morse has written have become somewhat of a soundtrack to the Academy. Upper Division students who learned the songs when they were in her class sing along with the Lower Division students who are just learning them.
Teacher Tidbits: Get to Know Ms. Morse
Kind of Music: How could I possibly choose? I love it ALL!
Food: Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Villain: Who likes the bad guy?
Superhero: Superman…I love the score! :o)
Finish the Sentence
My favorite subject in school was … MUSIC!
When I was in 2nd grade, I wanted to be a … country music sensation like Loretta Lynn.
I love when my students … perform with confidence and pride, knowing that they’re prepared and they’ve done their personal best.
I love teaching at Academy at the Lakes because … I have control over my curriculum and I work with the MOST AMAZING faculty and students EVER!
When I am not at school, I like to… read, travel, sing.
The best advice anyone ever gave me was… related to stress.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
If you could interview anyone, alive or dead, real or fictional, who would you interview and what would your first question be?
Dolly Parton. Can we please write a song together, right now?
If you could have any artist (alive or dead) draw a picture of you, who would you choose?
Picasso. It’d be interesting to see where my nose ended up, I suppose.
If you could go back in time, where would you go and what would you do?
I’ve always been so interested in history. I love to read about places long ago. But, I can’t say that I’d like to visit. I’m really attached to 20th century standards for sanitation, food, medicine, etc. However, if I really had the opportunity to go back in time. I’d like a redo on my college years, knowing what I know now, of course.
Watch Some Videos
We had Ms. Morse’s Senior Kindergarten students answer one question: What is your favorite thing about your teacher? These are some of the responses:
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